New black tie ball sets $100K fundraising target

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Hamilton is getting a glitzy new addition to its social calendar this winter and organisers say it won’t just be a great night out, but a great way to support Kiwis with cancer.

The inaugural LJ Hooker Cancer Society Ball kicks off on August 5 and with up to 400 people expected to mingle, dine and dance at the Mystery Creek Events Centre, it is expected to make an impact.

With an ambitious fundraising target of $100K, organisers have big goals for the event, which they hope will become a regular fundraiser for the charity.

“It’s a huge target for our first event but, with the support of the community, we’re optimistic we can achieve it. Everyone we’ve spoken to so far has really embraced the event concept,” says Catriona Findlay, fundraising manager for the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Cancer Society.

“All proceeds will go towards research and supportive care services for people affected by cancer within the region so it’s a great event for locals to get behind.”

The black tie affair will include a three-course dinner and a live performance from funk band Late 80s Mercedes; while a golden ticket raffle and an auction of sought-after items and experiences will help raise money on the night.

“We’re still keeping a few details close to our chest, but I can say it’s going to be a stunning evening with gourmet food, live music and plenty to keep you entertained through the evening,” says Catriona.

“This is a great chance for people in the region to enjoy a glamorous night out while knowing that they’re making a difference for Kiwis with cancer.”

With only a limited number of tickets available, Catriona urges people to act quickly to avoid disappointment.

Tickets are available from iticket.co.nz for $140 per person or $1300 for a table of ten.

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