Melbourne Cup party on fun-filled course

LAUREN HAYES
Last updated 05:00 05/11/2012
Lesley Smith, Lyn Harvey and Sonia Hegan
NICOLE GOURLEY/Fairfax NZ

FASCINATING RACING: Sunrise Rotary Club member Lesley Smith, centre, tries out fascinators with Lyn Harvey, left, and Sonia Hegan before the club's Melbourne Cup party tomorrow.

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Invercargill is gearing up for its own Melbourne Cup event for a good cause.

Sunrise Rotary Club has spent about nine months planning tomorrow's party at Kelvin Hotel.

Club member Lesley Smith said the party would feature race commentary, a chance to bet on the horses, and a charity auction to raise money for one of the club's pet projects, the YMCA Get an Edge programme.

The programme helps preteens and teenagers develop their confidence and group abilities.

"It's just sort of about growing their leadership skills," she said.

Auction items on offer include a meal at MasterChef judge Josh Emett's restaurant, Rata, scenic flights over Queenstown, and a Karen Pringle painting.

The party emphasis was to recreate the atmosphere and excitement of race day, she said.

"We're going to have some white picket fences and just sort of give the feeling that we are at the Melbourne Cup, rather than just having a room where some people are in with a big screen."

To complement the race-day glamour, there would also be the traditional Fashion in the Field competition for best dressed.

Tickets to the party are $30 each, and are available from Kelvin Hotel and Professionals Real Estate.

lauren.hayes@stl.co.nz

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