THE EAST Grampians Health Service Ladies Auxiliary put on a grand show last Friday night for its 16th annual WWW Dinner event.
Ladies Auxiliary president Margie Kilpatrick said it had been a fabulous evening at the Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre in Ararat.
“It was an absolutely wonderful night,” she said.
“WWW is Women’s Wellbeing and Wisdom Dinner.
“It was our 16th year of hosting the dinner. The event is about getting women, purely women, form Ararat and surrounding rural districts to com together for a night of fun and fellowship.”
Mrs Kilpatrick said cabaret performer Kelly Auty was guest speaker and entertainer for the night.
“She had a cabaret act called ‘Life is a Cabaret’, and she gave an inspirational story about her life in music and shoring it with disadvantaged women,” Mrs Kilpatrick said.
The night was part of the Ladies Auxiliary’s ongoing fundraising efforts for East Grampians Health Service.
“What we were raising money for is we are purchasing an isolette for the health service midwifery department,” she said.
“The isolette is an incubator for premature babies or other newborns, providing controlled temperature, humidity, oxygen and where babies can be touched with minimal disturbance to their well-being.”
Mrs Kilpatrick said she had not counted the total money raised from the event but it should be a good amount based on the number of people who attended.
“There was probably 150 people there,” she said.
“We have a lot of sponsorship, which we couldn't do without. there were some great raffle prizes donated by sponsors.” she said.
“I’d like to acknowledge again all the sponsors that have supported us for the night, recognizing the important of the dinner and the major role that the health service plays in our community.
“We have husbands and partners who volunteers and waiters for the night.”
There was also a dress-up competition, with guests urged to adopt a cabaret theme.
“People dressed up. There lots of women dressing up, there were lots of pearls and furs and that sort of thing.” Mrs Kilpatrick said.
“The winning table were all dressed up as martini glasses.
“Guests enjoyed the cabaret show and there was lots of dancing.”