To be sure, it was a magnificent occasion raising over $4,000.00 toward our program as part of the Wellness and Comprehensive Cancer Centre currently being built in Berwick.
Packed to the rafters, long before the party was due to start, Beaconsfield Neighbourhood Centre has never witnessed the likes of this before!
Following the opening of proceedings with a Blessing, all eyes focussed on piper Christine Angus who, looking resplendent in her traditional Irish costume, led the organisers Rob and Jo, Steve and Ann Gaunt into the room. After a short welcome, we all sat or stood in awe and amazement as Fiona MacAleer orchestrated a sensational 30 –minute presentation by her young Irish Dance School. The boys and girls were simply outstanding and created the perfect atmosphere for a rousing night to get underway with a bang!
A delicious dinner followed with accompanying music from the tremendous Roaring Jelly Band who added much to the evening with their great choice of songs and reels.
There were plenty of adults and youngsters on the floor before a break for dessert was called to finish off the excellent meal provided by Silver Platter Catering.
St John of God Director of Mission, Ruth Starkey addressed the gathering to inform everyone of the new facility currently under construction and to be opened in February 2015 as a Wellness and Comprehensive Cancer Centre for the region.
The raffle was drawn by Ruth who pleased everyone by calling (fortuitously) winning numbers from people who were present in the room – all to hoots of delight and laughter! There were great prizes including a weekend in Tasmania with dinner for 2 at the award winning Stillwater Restaurant in Launceston, a scenic flight over Westernport Bay, a motor cycle ride through the Dandenongs, and dinner for 2 at Yaringa Marina and Bridie O’Reilly’s famous pub in South Yarra.
The Roaring Jelly Band took us to past 11 o’clock with popular songs and jigs, until it became clear that both the youngsters, their parents and grand- parents could no longer keep up the pace!
A super successful evening that created a bit of olde Ireland in the suburbs of Melbourne – raised over $4000.00 for a terrific cause ………….and a night to be repeated perhaps next year!
We are deeply indebted to Ann and Steve Gaunt who ‘master minded’ the occasion and for all the volunteer support received on the day of the event by (particularly) Steve and Sue Greenwood, Mick and Helen McGrath, Joan McKendry, Simon and Lauren and the Jagusch family.