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New style of cocktail night a hit for MCCF

Fundraiser of the Year, Zanda Aylward, and Entrant of the Year, Amellia Moore.
Fundraiser of the Year, Zanda Aylward, and Entrant of the Year, Amellia Moore. Vanessa Jarrett

SATURDAY NIGHT SAW new format of the Moura Coal and Country entrant winners presentation night.

The new style was a cocktail part style with cocktails and canapes rather than seating arrangements and a formal dinner and while there was some reservations, it was a sure fire hit.

Main organiser of the night, Briana Smith said she was proud to see the night be such a great success.

"Everyone thought it was great,” she said.

"The food was incredible, the music was amazing, we have had some very good feedback.”

Attendance was up more than 50 extra people than the previous with around 170 guests on the night.

"The fact that everyone was sick of the same thing, year in, year out, we decided to do something different,” Briana said.

2017 Entrants: Samantha Hutchinson, Zanda Aylward, Amellia Moore and Xela Pil.
2017 Entrants: Samantha Hutchinson, Zanda Aylward, Amellia Moore and Xela Pil. Vanessa Jarrett

The challenge to revamp the annual ball was took on by a small team of seven ladies who were mostly mothers of small children and some even full time jobs.

"We were all very passionate about making it a success and that was exactly what we achieved,” Briana said.

"It begins the whole week of festivities so it's very important that people support and it's a success.”

The success means the annual ball might just keeping moving towards the new direction.

"Quite possibly yes, it was such a success so definitely might be possibility to keep it in that format,” Briana said.

Briana said the new team is looking for more volunteers to help plan next year's event.

"We are calling for more people to get involved,” she said.

It takes a whole team of people and we want more people in the local community to get involved.”

Zanda Aylward being crowned by last year's fundraiser of the year
Zanda Aylward being crowned by last year's fundraiser of the year Vanessa Jarrett

Zanda Aylward was crowned the 2017 Fundraiser of the Year for raising $25, 810.95.

It is believed this amount was a fund-raising record in the history of the Moura Coal and Country Festival Entrants.

A total of $43, 669.25 was raised from all entrants.

2017 Coal and Country Festival Entrant of the Year: Amellia Moore.
2017 Coal and Country Festival Entrant of the Year: Amellia Moore. Vanessa Jarrett

Amellia Moore was announced 2017 Entrant of the Year.


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