Sellout show a stunning success
Models strutted new season fashion and auction items were hotly contested to support the Nelson Region Hospice on Tuesday night.
Now in its fifth year, the Infashion Show had a sellout crowd of about 140 people gather at the Boathouse.
Co-organiser Miranda Wood Van Dyke said tickets had sold out before they had even been printed.
The show featured fashion and accessories from Jays on Bridge, Gustaves, Shine, Foxy Lady, Taylors Shoes and Matthews Eyewear - along with hair designs by Cardells and makeup artistry from Prices Pharmacy.
Ms Wood Van Dyke said today an early estimate put funds raised at more than $27,000.
"That's up from the just over $20,000 we raised last year, so we are really very pleased."
Ms Wood Van Dyke said the show aimed to work on a zero budget.
"We get everything donated: The venue, the volunteers, almost everything comes from the Nelson region.
As well as fashion, guests were treated to singing and dancing. There were two auctions - one of packages donated by local businesses and individuals, the other of six handcrafted, one-off masks from local artists. A combination of traditional auctioneering and "dutch" auctions, where the auctioneer starts high and progressively lowers the price until a bidder accepts, saw more than $12,000 raised for the hospice.
Guests also received goodie bags, packed with treats and vouchers donated by local businesses. Among some of the more interesting items were fresh capsicums and "surprises" from Durex, who donated about $2000 of gifts.
Because the show was so popular - "we could sell it out three times over" - Ms Wood Van Dyke said there was a chance it would be moved to a bigger venue next year. She was reluctant though, because the Boathouse had proven to be such a wonderful venue.
Hospice trust chairwoman Elspeth Kennedy said: "The dedication of everybody was wonderful."
She was grateful to all those who had helped make the event possible, including those who had attended the show.
The fashion itself was lovely too, she said.
"I just wish I was young enough to wear it."
Guest Natasha Baker said she thought it was an amazing event.
"The entertainment was great, it was a combination of different things, music, art, models - all round, just an entertaining event."
Jays owner Karen Jordan said it was absolutely amazing.
"It's what Nelson is all about. It's all by local businesses and local artists."
Choreographer Christine Hatton said she was happy with how the show had gone.
It was great to see the show done for such a good cause, and the fun element that was had while organising and executing the event was brilliant, she said.
"It's a great group of people."