Visitors from far and wide 'celebrate life' in a fight against Cancer
Ball-goers have enjoyed a night of celebrating life to raise money for families in Southland living with a cancer diagnosis.
The theme was the vision of the organisers of the fourth New World Cancer Society Gala Ball.
This year, 354 guests dressed to the nines, walked the red carpet, and enjoyed canapes and live music at the London-themed ball at Ascot Park Hotel on Saturday night.
Ball guest Lyndall Mason said at the ball, everyone put aside everything else going on in life.
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"Everyone makes an effort to go out and dress up," Mason said.
"They interact with people they haven't seen for a long time, and it all comes together with a great band."
Mason enjoyed the "beautiful food", the matched wine and her conversations with new people, she said.
"They were out to celebrate and breathe every minute."
Chairwoman of the organising committee Dee Heenan said the ball had a real feeling of Southland's community spirit.
"For everyone to get together and dress up and celebrate at the same time is just a wonderful thing."
Cancer touched everyone, she said.
"We all have our own cancer story having shared in a journey alongside a family member or a friend or even ourselves," she said.
The Cancer Society received no government funding, and events such as the gala ball were a vital source of ongoing funding for the society, she said.
"All the funds raised from the gala ball remain here in Southland to assist the more than 200 clients and their families in our province living with a cancer diagnosis."
Three bands played at the event, Heenan said, including the Koi Boys who flew from the Gold Coast and may be remembered from The Voice Australia.
Koi Boys member Danny Faifai had said the ball was their reason for their first visit to Invercargill, and said the drive was beautiful, she said.
Heenan said the ball had received incredible feedback.
The event brought together groups of friends from throughout Southland, including a visitor from the United States and visitors from Auckland and Queenstown, she said.
The profit from the ball would be announced later in the week, Heenan said.