Guests have a ball in the rain for Our Kids
SATURDAY night's thunderstorms were timed to perfection as 300 people in formal attire attended the seventh annual Winter Ball as part of the Our Kids fundraising calendar.
Event organiser Rebekka Battista said the rain held off while guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvres under the stars and they dodged the downpour as they sat down to dinner at the Lismore Turf Club.
The rain then departed as the throng stood up to go dancing in another marquee.
"True, there will be some dresses that require dry cleaning," Ms Battista said.
The event raised $15,000 to help buy specialist equipment for The Lismore Base Hospital's children's wards and special care nursery.
Ms Battista said she felt close to the fundraising cause, after having had a sick child require treatment in intensive care.
Ms Battista and her close team of four, who fundraise year round, were joined by an army of extras for the Winter Ball, including the Lismore Lions Club which showed up just to serve food to the 300 guests.
Staff from QBE Insurance took the day off on Friday to help set up at the Lismore Turf Club.
The fundraising activities proved popular with prizes inserted into balloons that were popped simultaneously by the guests with the winners collecting everything from bicycles and fridges to a rare chocolate diamond worth $2300.
"We would like to say a huge thank you to all our sponsors without whom this night would not have been possible," Ms Battista said.