Ball and auction raise $20,000 for cancer

Last updated 12:52 30/06/2014

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A glamorous night at the ball has raised $20,000 for the Nelson Cancer Society.

The Crowe Horwath Cancer Society Ball was held at the Rutherford Hotel on Saturday and guests not only enjoyed a meal and dancing, they gave generously.

They were able to bid at an auction for gifts from local businesses, and raised $14,800.

Among the top bids were $1800 for Benjamin Black Goldsmith earrings, a Jens Hansen Jewellery pendant raised $1750, an indulgent Marlborough weekend went for $1600 and a Nelson beer tour for eight people for $1100. A raffle also raised $1025.

The ball guests also acknowledged Bill Findlater for his work with the Nelson Cancer Society. Findlater has just retired from the executive committee after eight years, with four of those as president.

The society's centre manager, Linda Lucre, said his mission had always been to get its books in good order and support patients and family in the area, and he had done that.

The society's finances meant it was able to make donations to the region's hospice, Canteen and Child Cancer, she said.

"Bill's networking, his business nous, his humour and talents have all helped us," she said. He has now handed over to Alison McAlpine.

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- The Nelson Mail

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