Not tonight Josephine, I'm fundraising

21:54, Aug 16 2012
Bach on Breakwater’s Te Rangimarie Hospice French-themed fundraiser
BON APPETIT: Lucy and Gary Butler enjoyed Bach on Breakwater’s Te Rangimarie Hospice French-themed fundraiser last night dressed as a French maid and Napoleon.

A full house turned out to support Bach on Breakwater's annual fundraising dinner last night - and they deemed it "magnifique".

Berets, stripes, and a variety of impressive French moustaches featured at the event, held to raise money for Te Rangimarie Hospice.

Restaurant owner Barbara Olsen-Henderson said she chose a French theme with the hope of creating a fun and interesting atmosphere that differed from the norm.

"I also happened to have fishnet stockings and a beret at home - and I was in France once," she said.

While they had aimed for 80 guests, nine extra chairs had to be found to seat the 89 people in attendance.

Mrs Olsen-Henderson said it had been their biggest turnout yet, which helped raise an event-record $6355.

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While each person paid what they thought the evening was worth, she was not concerned about being duped, because everyone was there in good faith.

"I think people enjoy being generous," she said.

Although the menu remained similar to the everyday fare, Mrs Olsen-Henderson said it had been "frenchi-fied" and contained creme brulee and duck.

French-inspired musicians also roamed the restaurant, adding to the ambience.

Attendee Graham Symons, who looked quite the part in his beret and moustache, said the event was something they attended each year.

"It's a great cause, we love being here to support the hospice.

"And we got to dig the clothes out that we got in France, so it's good to be able to get some use out of them again."

Hospice volunteer Margaret Murray thoroughly enjoyed the evening, which supported an organisation dear to her heart.

"I got everybody together and brought them here tonight.

"It's been a fabulous time, the service was great and the whole atmosphere was so lovely."

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