Our stars raise about $80,000

THE sports complex is back to normal, 110 tables and 1100 chairs packed up, the sequined gowns put away and the 2012 Dancing With Our Stars is over.

But the good news goes on.

The massive charity event raised about $80,000 in funds for the Sale Elderly Citizens Village and the Five Star Project, which provides independent accommodation for adults with special needs.

One of the event organisers, Julie Cockman, was thrilled with the evening.

“It was wonderful to see the people enjoy themselves while helping the community through their financial support on the night,” she said.

“Everyone looked amazing and it was great to see everyone dressing up and supporting the dancers.”

Fellow organiser and dancer Jodie Willis thanked the local business community for getting behind the initiative.

“We could not have delivered such an event without the support of local business.

“In addition to businesses sponsoring dancers, we also had Dyers Transport providing the logistics, Little’s Coaches providing the transport on the night, Quest Serviced Apartments providing accommodation and Khayaam Hair Salon providing hair and makeup for the female dancers.

“This was definitely a team effort from the business community and shows what can be achieved when we work together.

“In addition to raising much-needed funds for Sale Elderly Citizens Village and the Five Star Project, the event also injected an estimated $150,000 into the local community creating a win-win situation for both the business community and the beneficiaries.”

Sale Elderly Citizens Village and Ashleigh House board chair Brenda Burditt praised the event’s organisers.

“It was a fantastic evening, so well organised, it was amazing,” she said.

Five Star Project chairman Leo O’Brien was equally effusive in his praise for the organisation of the event.

“It was a great community event. The donation to community facilities has enabled us (Five Star) to fulfil our commitment in paying for the community room at Five Star.”

For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.