Cancer Society Ball in Christchurch raises record charity contribution
A record amount of money has been raised at the annual Cancer Society Ball in Christchurch.
The glitzy event, attended by many of the city's elite, was held at Horncastle Arena on Saturday.
A total of $208,000 was raised, $38,000 more than last year.
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Organiser Margaret Morgan said it was important to deliver record results each year for such a worthy cause.
The money would go towards sustaining services for people undergoing cancer treatment, including accommodation for out-of-town patients and driving assistance to and from hospital appointments, Morgan said.
Funds were also allocated to cancer research and prevention education in schools and the wider community.
The event, hosted by comedian Ben Hurley, included a 30-dancer live performance, music and a three-course meal created by local chefs.
Cancer Society Chief Executive Elizabeth Chesterman said the ball was "invaluable for the Cancer Society".
"It's a wonderful evening and heartening to see a vibrant community taking part in something fabulous and positive that in turn benefits people in need."
The live auction raised $104,700, the highest figure ever in the event's history, selling 13 items including business class fares anywhere in the world and a game of golf with former All Black Andrew Merhtens.
The digital silent auction – for those further afield – sold 95 items and raised $36,697.
The Cancer Society raised another $47,900 through "the pledge", where guests were asked to stand up to indicate a further contribution of $250 each.
A raffle for an 18-carat rose gold, morganite and diamond ring raised $19,000.