MORE than 500 guests packed out the Grand Ballroom at the Sheraton Mirage Resort and Spa last Saturday for the the 21st Ray White Surfers Paradise Charity Ball.
Close to $100,000 was raised for Muscular Dystrophy Queensland, with generous Gold Coasters digging deep for big ticket auction items.
Two seven night summer vacations to Tuscany sold for $15,000 each while $7,500 was raised for a five night romantic escape to Paris.
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Holidays appeared to be the flavour of the night, with two seven night summer vacations to Tuscany sold for $15,000 each, $7,500 raised for a five night romantic escape to Paris and a Koh Samui vacation and two week cruise to New Zealand selling under the hammer for more than $10,000 collectively.
RWSP Group CEO Andrew Bell said the event was one of the best in its history.
“There was a lot of goodwill on the evening – people came to let their hair down and have a great time but the real reason we were there was not lost on anyone,” he said.
“The money raised will go to Muscular Dystrophy Queensland which they will use for research for a cure and financial support for sufferers of the disease.”
Mr Bell said the evening’s entertainment, headlined by X-Factor star Dami Im and supported by Divine Music, was a highlight for guests.
“We tend to shy away from big headline acts to make sure we can channel as much money to Muscular Dystrophy as possible, but both Dami and Divine absolutely raised the roof,” he said.