The fashionable heart of hall

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Last updated 11:01 15/11/2012
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dt carter Memorial Hall fashion fundraiser organiser Tania Carter gears up for the event.

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A Queenstown businesswoman hopes to raise $10,000 this month towards the $266,096 needed for the Queenstown Memorial Hall Trust's $3.1 million hall upgrade target.

Fashion house d t carter's owner Tania Carter has organised a fashion fundraiser, which will include brightly-coloured summer collections of flowing chiffon and feminine prints from top labels, including Verge, David Pond, Ricochet, Andrea Moore, Redhead and Scarlett. They will take to the showroom floor modelled by Queenstown School of Dance models.

Loud Mouth Golf Clothing will also take to the catwalk. Terra Sancta Wines are supplying a complimentary glass on arrival.

Items up for auction include lakeside room and $200 meal at Hilton Queenstown, massage for two at eforea Spa, golf for four at Millbrook and half a day climbing with Rock and Ramblers.

Queenstown Ukulele Orchestra will perform and music is being provided by Queenstown Karaoke, hair is by D'Or and shoes by Shoes Unlimited. All participants are donating their services and products.

A passion for the arts in Queenstown prompted Mrs Carter to organise the event and she has 200 $45 tickets to sell.

The hall was very much the heart and central to Queenstown, Mrs Carter said.

Queenstown Memorial Hall upgrade working party chairwoman Cath Gilmour said the trust was delighted Mrs Carter had come on board to help.

The trust was hoping for its $200,000 Lotteries Commission application to be approved at the end of this month.

It was turned down for an initial $800,000 application in June and invited to reapply with proof of greater council input for a lesser amount. The council agreed to put in a one-off $500,000 grant from the QAC (Queenstown Airport Corporation) community dividend.

The project is due for completion in February next year.

Strong bookings were already flowing in including the Festival of Colour, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Royal New Zealand Ballet.

The Southern Symphonia was keen and the hall's regular users, Showbiz Queenstown, Michael Hill Violin Competition, Remarkable Theatre and Underground Production, as well as Queenstown Winter Festival and the Winter Games, were booked in.

Work would stop for three weeks before Christmas to allow the Rugby Sevens to use the hall.

The upgrade was already attracting new conference bookings, including 500 people from East Coast Australia coming for an accountants' conference.

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"It's definitely filling a gap for those mid-sized conferences that want to be in town and have flexibility about where they stay. There's no way they would have even looked at the hall if not for the facilities and quality we can offer them with the upgrade," Ms Gilmour said.

Fast facts What: d t carter Memorial Hall Fashion Fundraiser When: November, 28, 7 till 9pm Where: Queenstown Motor Group, 2 Hawthorne Drive, Remarkables Park Tickets: available from d t carter, at Remarkables Park

- The Mirror

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