Cancer charity is all set to have a ball

20:22, Dec 23 2012
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Debbie Jamieson and Neil McAra are ready to dance at the WHK Gala Ball for the Cancer Society to be held at the Ascot Park Hotel, Invercargill, on June 22.

Plans for a second gala ball in Invercargill to raise money for the Cancer Society are under way, with tickets already in demand.

WHK Cancer Society Gala Ball Society spokeswoman Debbie Jamieson said following the success of last year's inaugural ball - which raised more than $30,000 for the society - it made sense to hold a second event during the winter months. The black-tie ball will be held for 350 guests at the Ascot Park Hotel on June 22, 2013.

Mrs Jamieson, who is also spokeswoman for the Cancer Society, said the committee would work on an added "wow factor" to top the first ball. She was confident the second year would exceed expectations.

"Last year was absolutely amazing - tickets sold out straight away."

The same people who attended last year would be given first priority for seats in 2013, with tickets to go on sale in February.

The featured bands would be announced soon, she said.

WHK Southland managing principal Neil McAra said the Cancer Society played an important role in the community. "Every second person you talk to has had an experience with cancer so this is about helping an organisation that deals with the many challenges people face when they come up against this cruel disease."

gwyneth.hyndman@stl.co.nz

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