Fun, fashion and frivolity in Toowoomba has ensured a $15,000 charitable contribution to be shared between Alzheimer’s Australia Queensland and the Melanoma Institute Australia.
The 6th annual Fabulously Floral Girls Night fundraiser, a private cocktail evening hosted by Garden City resident Karen Canning, attracted 110 attendees during an entertaining night that exceeded all expectations.
Committed to making a difference in other people’s lives while promoting friendship and women’s health, the fundraising component, which included raffles, silent auctions and personal contributions, proved a worthwhile and heartfelt success.
“The beneficiaries of this year’s Fabulously Floral Girl’s Night Out fundraiser represent causes close to the heart of our entire organisation,” confirmed Fabulously Floral Committee Spokesperson, Jane Degnian.
“Our hostess Karen recently lost her mother who had been living with Alzheimer’s, while fellow committee member Ruth Logan lost her husband to Melanoma earlier in the year.
“To collectively raise $15,000 on the night is fantastic and our committee takes great pride in being able to contribute to worthy organisations such as Alzheimer’s Australia Queensland and Melanoma Institute Australia.”
Ms Degnian was quick to salute the entire Toowoomba community for their valued support, with notable contributions from major sponsor House Estate Agents - Toowoomba, plus Chris Buckley Plumbing and The Event Group Toowoomba.
Guests enjoyed canapes and Veuve upon arrival, a fashion parade coordinated by Ivy Designer Collections and Hogans Family Jewellers, there was an exclusive holiday package up for grabs courtesy of Margie and Jeff Bradbury, plus the night was capped off with a delicious supper.
Other silent auction items included jewellery from Wearing Memories, an exclusive Rowan Couture designer skirt and race day hat from Rae Copeland Hats.
Alzheimer’s Australia (Qld) CEO Victoria Beedle confirms the value of such fundraising ventures, which support an ongoing need for funds to continue the organisation’s vital service provision throughout the State.
“Contributions such as those provided by the Fabulously Floral Girls Night fundraiser not only raise funds for important services, they also raise awareness of the issues people with dementia face and enrich communities by promoting inclusion,” said Ms Beedle.
“Alzheimer’s Australia (Qld) supports thousands of people with dementia every day in every aspect of their lives.
“There is presently no cure so funds also assist valuable research into Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia.
“We thank the entire Fabulously Floral team in Toowoomba, event attendees, plus the various other sponsors and supporters for making this event happen and making such a significant contribution to Alzheimer’s Australia Queensland.”
Growing awareness and education about dementia is an imperative, with more than 342,000 Australians, including 64,000 Queenslanders currently living with the disease.