Wednesday night had Hamilton restaurant Agenda bursting at the seams with generosity as charity dinner goers opened their hearts and their wallets for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Through ticket sales for the six-course degustation dinner and an overwhelming display of charitable bidding at the events auction, $3500 was raised for the Waikato Breast Cancer Trust.
Among the 70 attendees were Silver Ferns captain Casey Williams and soon to be first time mother and current Silver Fern Joline Henry who had the crowd in fits of laughter with stories of their careers and the inside scoop on this year’s team dynamics.
Guy Hernandez, Business Development Executive of Lion Nathan played the part of wine connoisseur for the evening, matching New Zealand wines to five courses while giving an easy to understand explanation of the match, tasting notes and each wine’s history.
Both a fully signed 2012 Chief’s jersey and a Silver Ferns signed netball became points of friendly competition during the charity auction, with the profits contributing $1000 to the overall amount raised.
“After being worried about bidding higher my husband asked why I didn’t buy the jersey when I got home today... you just can’t win sometimes,” jokes Gayel Pitcorn, event guest and breast cancer survivor.
“It was a fantastic night,” she adds “and the food was so perfect.”
Restaurant owners Heidi Jordan and Logan Hughes along with event mastermind Claire Robinson were delighted with the resounding amount of support from local businesses, friends and customers old and new.
“We were really excited when Claire first approached us to be involved in this event, it’s really great to be able to showcase what we do well which is fantastic food, entertainment and service and to do it for such an amazing cause,” Says Logan.
“So often people want to get involved but aren’t sure how so it felt great to create that opportunity and team charitable giving with a fun and entertaining atmosphere, it’s like guilt free dining.”
Following the excellent results of the event and the huge amount of positive feedback, similar future events are already being considered.
For more information on the Waikato Breast Cancer Trust or to make a donation visit: www.wbct.org.nz