Oaklands Event Centre was full to capacity on Friday, October 18 for the Mumbulla Foundation dinner with organiser, Bettina Ritcher saying it was the most successful yet.
About 185 people attended the fourth annual Mumbulla Foundation dinner which this year was themed ‘A Carmen Fiesta’. The foundation raises money for local causes and organisations based on the “give where you live” philosophy.
Outfits in black and red were the order of the evening as the ladies embraced the Spanish theme accompanied by matadors, a couple of Zoros and even a ‘car-men’ mechanic.
Even before sitting down to dinner, the Spanish theme was very much in evidence as professional Argentinian dance teacher, Veronica Valderrama, started teaching willing guests the flamenco. Ms Valderrama later gave an impressive display of her dancing.
President of the foundation, Olwen Morris thanked everyone involved reserving a special mention for Gratton Smith, general manager of supply chain, Bega Cheese, and said that since the Mumbulla Foundation started $600,000 had been distributed. “We hope to distribute a further $75,000 to local organisations,” Ms Morris said. “It helps to make life easier and that helps to keep the community alive,” she added.
Mr Smith said that it was a tremendous night. In a reference to Bega Cheese, he said: “We are hoping to grow again later this calendar year.”
Mr Smith said: “The opportunity to give back is tremendous and we are pleased to work with the Mumbulla Foundation to do so.”
A lively auction run by David Armstrong of Elders, Bega, helped to keep the funds flowing with about $15,000 raised on the night while a silent auction also had plenty of interest.
Special guests attending the night included the member for Eden-Monaro, Peter Hendy and Bega Valley Shire Mayor Bill Taylor, with business tables from all over the region.
Ms Ritcher said: “The Mumbulla Foundation gala charity dinner is the major fundraiser of the year for the Mumbulla Foundation and this year’s dinner raised over $20,000 for the Bega Valley community through the ticket sales, auction and various other fundraising activities during the night.
Ms Ritcher said that the Mumbulla Foundation’s success couldn’t have been possible without principal partner Bega Cheese which has supported the dinner since 2010 and the financial and in-kind support of over 75 businesses, individuals and the community.
To help work off the paella and sangria there was dancing until late to The Pocket.