Gala dinner nets almost $30,000 for good causes

Arran Morton, SOUND TELEGRAPHSound Telegraph

More than 150 big-hearted Rockingham residents dug deep last Saturday night to raise almost $30,000 for Cystic Fibrosis Australia and Telethon Kids Institute.

Event organiser Teresa Carlson said early figures showed the Rotary Club of Palm Beach Gala Dinner and Auction raised about $29,000.

Long-term Rotarian Mrs Carlson, who moved to Rockingham six months ago, said she was overwhelmed by the generosity of local businesses, which put up holidays, dining experiences, advertising packages, sporting goods and more to support the cause.

She said the event was the first in a series planned to raise funds for two worthy charities. "It was a fantastic night with fantastic food provided by Prestige Catering," Mrs Carlson said.

"We had 30 silent auction items, which all achieved very generous winning bids."

Fellow Palm Beach Rotarian Raelene Heston said notable auction sales included $3600 for a king-sized bed, $1300 for a Matthew Hayden-signed bat and ball and action shots, $1250 for a Dennis Lillee bat, $1560 for a dinner for eight at home or office supplied by Prestige Catering and $2100 for a _Telegraph _ advertising package.

Mrs Carlson, who will travel to NSW on Saturday for the Cystic Fibrosis Great Escape car rally, said she had raised $900,000 over 15 years in memory of her daughter Michelle, who lost her battle with the disease 22 years ago.

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