Getting glitzy for a local grateful gala

Get your Gatsby on for the Bay of Plenty Red Cross’ Grateful Gatsby Gala. Photo: Nikki South.

Glitz and glamour - the roaring 20s are in town and, in a nutshell, it’s all about letting loose and having fun.

The Grateful Gatsby Gala event at Mills Reef Winery will see hordes of people dressed up in their best flappers and tux in support of the Bay of Plenty Red Cross.

The night will include an à la carte dinner and matching wine, guest speaker Bob Parker, and live entertainment by The Shy and Retiring band.

People can also bid on some great prizes in the Gatsby auction, such as a weekend on Waiheke at a private estate.

“Sir Bob Parker will be talking about all the work he has done for the Red Cross in Christchurch after the earthquake and why Red Cross is integral to the community,” says Community Fundraising Coordinator Maree Boyes.

She says Red Cross relies heavily on donations and sponsorship, as it is a non-for-profit organisation.

“I am learning that our awareness is not high enough in the community to support us as readily as other organisations,” adds Maree.

“It’s not like the Cancer Society and Hospice, where one in three people are aware of their services through personal experience.

“Unless there is a natural disaster, which Red Cross are well known for, people are just not aware we work in the local community daily.”

Red Cross have several local programmes, such as Meals on Wheels, Community Transport and Hospital Support, as well as youth and refugee programmes.

Maree says last year the Red Cross Disaster Welfare team were deployed eight times, and this year they have been deployed 13 times already and it is only June.

Res Cross would like to thank the business who supplied them with the 1920s fashion, Embellish Boutique, for the lovely dresses and Events Tauranga and Bella Bridesmades.

The Grateful Gatsby Gala will be held on Friday, July 13, from 6pm-12am at Mills Reef Winery at 143 Moffat Road, Bethlehem.

Tickets are $125 per person with multiple tables available. For more information and tickets go to the Grateful Gatsby Gala EventFinder Page.