Clover Cottage

 A great night at Clover Cottage 2013

For the 2nd successive year, magnificent Clover Cottage in Berwick was the venue for the annual KSparkle Fund Raiser Dinner on Sunday 16th. June.
Almost 90 guests attended the occasion and the cacophony of noise as everyone mixed and mingled on arrival in the resplendent surroundings made it quite a challenge to get the dinner underway!
Following the welcome by Rob, Jo gave an update that KSparkle Fund has achieved, in less than 3 years, with nearly $70,000 having been raised in Katrina’s name. Jo outlined how grants have been, and will continue to be made, to causes that Katrina felt deeply about both in her personal and professional life. She commented that what seemed to be a fantasy idea when the Fund commenced, of raising $100,000 in 3 years, was in fact fast becoming a reality thanks to the on-going support and willingness of friends to become involved.
Simon gave a detailed account of how funds raised at the dinners will be directed to the recently formed Youth Council at Berwick Secondary College and how, under the guidance of a mentor teacher, a body of students from Year 7 to 12 will come together at regular intervals and work as a ‘pilot project’ towards addressing Adolescent Mental Health and Youth Suicide Prevention.
A major conversation item of the evening was the fabulous 1st. Prize on offer in the Raffle – a weekend getaway in Daylesford at the Manse boutique Guest House donated by manager Ally together with a spa package donated by close family friends AND a $100  dinner voucher at the nearby Farmers Arms Hotel donated by the owners, Susanne and Claire. Quite a spectacular prize! We were thrilled that one of Katrina’s old school mates from  Genazzano held the winning ticket – a terrific way for her to unwind with her husband after some challenging exams!
We continue to be very grateful for the wonderful support we receive the attendees on the night and also our raffle donors: tickets for ‘King Kong’ at the Regent Theatre were very generously donated by Gerry Ryan, $100 gift vouchers from POL Boutique in Berwick, United Petroleum thanks to Nicky Woods and Emerald Lake Travel courtesy of Mary Oke. We also had an array of Silent Auction items including wine packs from Elgee Park and Baillieu winery, Growing with Music series of DVD’s by Hilary Henshaw, a signed copy of Shane Crawford’s life story and a beautiful tear drop pendant kindly donated by Drysdale Jewellers, there were a lot of smiling faces at the end of the proceedings!
A very enjoyable, successful and close bonding with KSparkle evening was finally brought to a close and we are delighted to confirm that almost $2700 was raised and a wonderful night enjoyed by all.
Our sincere thanks to Clover Cottage management and staff for a splendid meal, their fabulous service, superb ambience and a free dinner for two donated as a special raffle prize, to Helene Woods for her considerable help in organising the event, to all those who donated prizes so generously for the Raffle and Silent Auction and finally, to all those friends and supporters who came along and contributed so much positive energy to what was again, a memorable occasion.

Clover Cottage Gala Fund Raising Dinner – 2012

On Sunday 17th June, Clover Cottage in Berwick provided the perfect environment for what we hope will become an annual fund raiser for the Katrina Sparkle Fund.

A near capacity attendance of 113 guests were treated to a Gala Dinner that had all the hallmarks of this beautiful and highly successful restaurant.

MC for the night, John Higgins brought his usual wit and good humour to welcome everyone before Rob and Jo gave a brief introduction and update of the Katrina Sparkle Fund. It came as a surprise to many that the venue had been one of Katrina’s favourite haunts where she spent many happy hours waitressing during her university years.

Soup was followed by a presentation from Bronwyn Owen of Windermere Child and Family Services who outlined the distressing and alarming increase in Youth suicides in the Casey Cardinia region and what plans were being introduced to help identify causes in an attempt to arrest the situation. Bronwyn was acutely sensitive to not dampen spirits on the night, but her address was very well received, extremely thought provoking and valued by all. A significant grant will be forwarded to Windermere to assist this worthy project when the Board of Katrina Sparkle next meets in late July.

After the delicious main course, the first lot of the many excellent Raffle prizes was drawn and a live Auction of special AFL goods including a framed footy jumper signed by Joel Sellwood, three (3) Sherrin footballs signed by Shane Tuck, Gary Ablett  jnr. and the Richmond Tigers players. Thanks to Daniel Mirabito for conducting such a spirited and fun auction and our sincere thanks to those who did such a great job in getting the items donated!

Plenty of time was made available for guests to ‘mix ‘n mingle’ and exchange raffle prizes if they so wished before dessert was served and the balance of the raffle prizes drawn.

There was a flurry of activity at the announcement that an array of Silent Auction items which, together with over 30 raffle prizes, were all generously donated by friends and local businesses, were soon to close.

Finally, as behind the scenes counting was going on to announce a final total for the night, the Clover Cottage owners donated a dinner for two with a bottle of red wine to a lucky couple. For just $5 a pop guests were happy to enjoy one last raffle.

And the end result?………..Lots of photos to come from a memorable night that Katrina would be delighted about. In addition an amazing $6,600.00 was raised resulting in a significant grant to be made to Windermere towards the Youth Suicide prevention project (exact amount to be determined at next board meeting) and the balance going to build the body of funds in the Katrina Sparkle Fund to be available for future grants as determined by the board.

Our sincere thanks to everyone involved, especially Helene Woods and Kaye Seton who gave so much time and organisational support  to what was a truly memorable night.

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