Northern Gateway Branch in Brisbane completed its sixth year of Halloween celebrations, with 2017 being the second signature Halloween event for the Branch, held to raise funds for our Club’s preferred charity, UCARF.
A move to a new venue, the Aspley Leagues Club, solved the previous year’s issues of concern. We were happy to have the local State Member for Aspley, Tracy Davis MP (the Shadow Member for Education) come along to our night and deeply appreciate her support for the event.
UCARF Coordinator Kim Kennerson was unable to attend this year, due to family commitments, but we were honoured to have Allan Pratt, from the National Committee, on hand to accept the proceeds on behalf of UCARF.
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Although numbers were down on last year’s event, it did nothing to dampen the creativity and effort put into the costumes that made the night so special. Judging of the costumes went to Richard Grayden and Robert Watson “86” from the Northern Gateway Branch. We were able to persuade our MP Tracy Davis to award the trophies for best costumes.
Best Couple Costume Award went to Gail Ramsey and Jim Ashdown from the Ipswich Branch, who were dressed as the Grandmother / Wolf and Little Red Riding Hood. Their costumes were absolute standouts, and I learned later that Gail had handmade both costumes, which made this popular win even more special. Congratulations Folks.
Best Male Costume Award went to John Moorcroft, Northern Gateway Branch, for his split “male/female” costume. He went so far as waxing half his body!! Now that’s Dedication Plus.
Best Female Costume was somewhat harder to pick. The Judges selected four contenders, inviting them onto the stage to allow the audience to pick the Winner via a “Clap-A-Thon”. Our Trivia Master Doug de Jong, confirmed our enthusiastic crowd had voted Hi Amy, hi Jen.
Cheers – GaryCarol Jeffries, Northern Gateway Branch, the winner for her Ghost Rider Costume -which needed an internal fan for her to stay cool! Congratulations Carol.
Our major raffle – a half day Whale Watching Cruise, donated by Tasman Venture, plus 2 nights accommodation in Hervey Bay (donated by Air B&B – Owned by Fraser Coast President Ros Rees and Paul Dorey) was won by John Moorcroft – who must have rubbed against a Leprechaun to pull off two big wins on the night. Congratulations John.
Overall the night was a great success and an improvement on last year. The Leagues Club venue was excellent, with delicious food served quickly. The members present were outstanding in their costumes and made the night a fun and entertaining event.
Robert Watson “86” #48273 Northern Gateway Branch
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