With Mystery Creek decked out in a winter wonderland theme, 350 Waikato socialites flocked to the LJ Hooker Cancer Society Ball last Saturday – raising $75,000 for charity.
Hosted by Hamilton’s own Jesse Mulligan, the extravaganza, at Mystery Creek Events Centre, saw guests enjoying a gourmet three-course meal by Kerr & Ladbrook, dancing to live band The Pickups and bidding on a selection of live and silent auction items, including a vasectomy.
The chief executive for the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Cancer Society, Shelley Campbell, said the organisation is humbled by the support from the community.
“The generosity of our guests on Saturday night, as well as every business who sponsored or contributed to making the event a success, will help ensure that no one has to face cancer alone.”
“Cancer is something that affects one in three people so most of us can understand the impact that a cancer diagnosis has on friends and family/whānau.”
The live auction attracted fierce bidding with travel prizes popular on the night. Coveted live auction items included two return premium economy flights to Europe with Singapore Airlines, seven nights for 14 people at Italy’s Casa Melograno and two nights for two at The Lodge at Cape Kidnappers.
The vasectomy, donated by Urology Waikato, raised $725 thanks to the generosity of a ball-goer whose husband might be set to take the snip for charity.
All funds raised will remain in the region and enable the Cancer Society to continue providing practical and emotional support to people with cancer, fund vital cancer research and help New Zealanders to reduce their risk of cancer through education and advocacy.