• GIrls just wanting to have fun....and they did!

    GIrls just wanting to have fun....and they did!

  • Shelley Kowalski, Rebecca Andric, Linda Vidovic, Kate Mertz and Catherine Cusack

    Shelley Kowalski, Rebecca Andric, Linda Vidovic, Kate Mertz and Catherine Cusack

  • Patrick and Karla Boggart with Nicola and Jure Domazet

    Patrick and Karla Boggart with Nicola and Jure Domazet

  • Owen Finegan, Paul Broad and Mayor of Tumbarumba Ian Chaffey

    Owen Finegan, Paul Broad and Mayor of Tumbarumba Ian Chaffey

  • Matt and Amy Duggan with Amy Linsell

    Matt and Amy Duggan with Amy Linsell

  • Kendall Jasco and Daniel Parkinson

    Kendall Jasco and Daniel Parkinson

  • Julie McClure and Vicky Kidd-Gallihan

    Julie McClure and Vicky Kidd-Gallihan

  • Helen Leayr and Kate Van Haalen

    Helen Leayr and Kate Van Haalen

  • Maria Jadric and Chris Walker

    Maria Jadric and Chris Walker

  • Michael Kreskas and Adam Leayr

    Michael Kreskas and Adam Leayr

  • Helen Leayr, Rae Harrison-Brown and Jo Kreskas

    Helen Leayr, Rae Harrison-Brown and Jo Kreskas

  • Anne Walker and Helen Leayr

    Anne Walker and Helen Leayr

  • Julie Phillips, Amanda Lucas, Shona Gaul, Edwina Webster, Dimitri Georgialis, Sarah Walker, Suzy Parker and Tarryn Evans

    Julie Phillips, Amanda Lucas, Shona Gaul, Edwina Webster, Dimitri Georgialis, Sarah Walker, Suzy Parker and Tarryn Evans

  • Nicola and Jure Domazet

    Nicola and Jure Domazet

  • Musician Riley Catherall

    Musician Riley Catherall

  • Peter Elgord and Fiona Wilkinson

    Peter Elgord and Fiona Wilkinson

  • Kendall Jasco and Daniel Parkinson with Shona Butler and Brendan Kowalski

    Kendall Jasco and Daniel Parkinson with Shona Butler and Brendan Kowalski

  • Ian and Leanne Heddle

    Ian and Leanne Heddle

  • Nicola Powell and Naomi Lemmon

    Nicola Powell and Naomi Lemmon

  • Vicky Kidd- Gallichan

    Vicky Kidd- Gallichan

  • Maurits and Anneloes De Graeff

    Maurits and Anneloes De Graeff

  • James Willson and Nicola Powell

    James Willson and Nicola Powell

  • Sally Hall, Anna Casey, Wendy Swan and Kerrie Newham

    Sally Hall, Anna Casey, Wendy Swan and Kerrie Newham

  • Dan and Kestine Kenny with Kirralee Baker and Peter Newham

    Dan and Kestine Kenny with Kirralee Baker and Peter Newham

  • Dana Whitty and Emma Campbell

    Dana Whitty and Emma Campbell

  • Michelle Cosier Curren, Tracey Beatty and Ellie Junod

    Michelle Cosier Curren, Tracey Beatty and Ellie Junod

  • Michelle and Nikhil Ferreira

    Michelle and Nikhil Ferreira

  • Tristan Maddigan, Robbie O'Dea a nd Brad Thompson

    Tristan Maddigan, Robbie O'Dea a nd Brad Thompson

  • Alberto and Kate Florez

    Alberto and Kate Florez

  • Adrienne Stewardand Kelii Williams, Lynne and MichAel Pezzullo and Kate Van Haalen

    Adrienne Stewardand Kelii Williams, Lynne and MichAel Pezzullo and Kate Van Haalen

  • Belinda Pirjac and Elene Nonas

    Belinda Pirjac and Elene Nonas

  • Suzy Parker

    Suzy Parker

SnowyHydro Christmas Gala 2014

6 December 2014

The Christmas Gala for SnowyHydro SouthCare has become the major knees up for all to celebrate the festive season. And it just keeps getting better. Now in its third year on the lake shore the choice of Lennox Gardens for the massive marquee to contain the 750 in comfort and shelter from the extensive ‘tropical’ storms and deluges we’ve been experiencing was wise, especially as the Hyatt Hotel Canberra was the caterer and for the guests a seamless and smooth operation of delicious food and premier service ensued. Brollies were at the ready for the dash from car to venue, and a wet and wild photo op was no to be missed by guests on that dash. My favourite maitre d’ and master of her universe  Michelle Bennett had everything under control even the temporary drowning of the generators, and at her fingertips a device for every silly question we might need to be answered. Where am I sitting Michelle? How did you trundle all that food across the road? And where’s the Moet bar?
 

Hand held devices were essential for guests too for bidding, buying and bartering in the now simplest form of fundraising where All Bids handles the operation and constant perusal of the overhead screens – that means squinting for some of us – is more civilized than the live auction formula. To add to the coffers Moet was the bubbles choice with a bottle giving four tickets in the very desirable Briolette diamond necklace draw. More than enough didn’t necessarily win us the diamond but we all loved the ‘methode champenoise’ fundraising method.

There were baubles and stars to buy that had a range of prizes to go with them and those fluffy toy helicopters were a bonus buy for the HELI 14 number plate raffle but the online bidding was the name of the bargain game. Sponsorship was extensive and while Kate Van Haalen has been Finegan’s sidekick through the expansion of fundraising activities she’s now at Deloitte’s – I know he misses her -  bringing two big tables to the event. And we all partied, danced, ate well and sipped our Moet in great company for a good cause. Please that we never need that helo – it’s done 5800 flights since 1998 -  to come thwacking overhead to rescue any of us.

For Owen Finegan, the larger than life CEO, it was a triumph of lessons well learnt, upping the ante each year to encourage Canberrans to support this organisation and the weather not allowed to be a problem. Whether he can get you there is his priority. And 750 came happily sloshing along.