Frocks out for race-day fever
ON THE Northern Rivers many Melbourne Cup functions were in full swing yesterday at race time. At the Goonellabah Tavern, a lunch of 80 ladies enjoyed a fashion parade with live music.
“We‘re raising money for a PET scanner for the cancer unit at Lismore Base Hospital,” licensee Kerry Grant said.
On the coast at Ballina, around 200-250 people enjoyed lunch at the Westtower Tavern.
The Point Restaurant at the Ramada held an auction, with prizes including three nights in Cairns.
“We had over 100 people,” marketing manager Jason Mumford said. “We raised money for the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.”
At the Rod ‘n’ Reel Hotel at Woodburn, a special function to raise money for the Starlight Foundation saw 35 people enjoy lunch.
“We raised $400 through raffles, part of the ticket price and our sweeps,” licensee Daniel Simpson said.
At the Casino RSM, a lunch for 350 people celebrated the armchair expert’s horse race.
“We had a punter’s club, fashion in the field and the watermelon wine flowed freely,” secretary/manager Darren Schipp said. “We gave 5¢ off every ticket put through the TAB for Jumbunna pre-school.”
Tommys at Lismore put on a cold seafood buffet and gave away prizes including a trip to Sydney and pamper packs. At Southern Cross University, a function to raise money for Our Kids saw them make over $8000 for the day which will go towards buying two CPAP (Continuous Positive Airways Pressure) machines for the nursery at Lismore Base Hospital.
Anywhere people could view the race became prime real estate. This included Harvey Norman at Lismore with its in-store big screen televisions.
“I knew I wouldn’t be home in time for the race, so we came here,” Julie West of Goonellabah explained.