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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.