Greatest Show Dazzles At Charity Ball

Dinner and dancing, acrobats and auctions raise funds for Cancer Society.

Dazzling entertainment and thrilling auctions made it a night to remember for the 420 guests who attended the LJ Hooker Cancer Society Ball on Saturday evening. 

This year's theme promised to be the “Greatest Show” and delivered just that, raising $80,000 for charity. 

Chief Executive of the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Cancer Society Shelley Campbell says the money will go a long way towards helping people affected by cancer in the region. 

“We’re so grateful for the incredible generosity the community has shown for this event. For us it means vital funds which will ensure the Cancer Society can continue to be here for the one in three Kiwis affected by cancer.” 

With the effervescent Jackie Clarke stepping in as the ringmaster for the evening, guests were guided through the programme with her unique humour and incredible vocals.  

Dust Palace acrobats dazzled guests with their daring feats including a thrilling ‘toss the girl’ act and a chair stacking duet finishing with a handstand at ceiling height. 

The atmosphere in the room was electric when Cam Heggie stepped on the stage as auctioneer for the live auctions, which included two last-minute items added by guests who felt compelled to donate. A Bali getaway, Vespa Primavera, personalised voicemail message recorded by Steve Hansen and Ford Ranger ute were among the hotly contested items which went under the hammer for charity. 

Celebrations continued into the evening with live music by the exuberant White Chapel Jak, who had guests on their feet for a dancefloor finale. 

Proceeds from the ball will help the Cancer Society to continue to provide personalised support to those affected by cancer in our local communities, raise awareness through education programmes and fund vital cancer research.  

“We’d like to thank everyone who attended the ball, as well as our generous sponsors - in particular LJ Hooker - who make the event possible. Your support helps us ensure no one has to face cancer alone,” says Ms Campbell. 

The LJ Hooker Cancer Society Ball was held at Claudelands on Saturday 17 July 2019. 


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