A charity ball fund-raiser for the Lookout Rehabilitation Centre has exceeded expectations, raising $24,000 for the centre.
Ray White Warrnambool organised the charity ball which is set to become an annual event after its first-up success.
The ball at the Emmanuel Centre on Saturday night featured special guests Dave Hughes and Tom Ballard and several auction items along with a car raffle.
Steve Aberline from Ray White Warrnambool, who was part of the organising committee alongside Kate McDonald and Hayley Shannon, said 270 people attended and showed great support for the Lookout rehabilitation centre.
“We had hoped to raise between $10,000 and $20,000 so we were extremely happy to get that much, especially as it was the first event” Mr Aberline said.
“Our vision is to continue offering this classy event for everyone to enjoy and to rotate the donations to different charities to help as many people as we can.”
Mr Aberline said feedback had been overwhelmingly positive. “People were in awe of how it was presented and everything worked to plan,” he said.
“We sold a lot of raffle tickets on the night and people were happy to support a good cause like the Lookout.”
Most of the auction items sold above expectations.
A Mitsubishi ASX raffle car organised by Callaghan Motors was won by local farmer Daniel Gleeson, who bought the ticket on the night which was picked from a box by Dave Hughes.