Wild Frontier Charity Night

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On 25th July 2009 we held our charity night at the, Burnside Community Centre, where the Police Dixie Jazz Band entertained us and dancers from Tea Tree Gully Primary school demonstrated the art of square dancing, accompanied by the band.


The stage set up looked great mainly due to the efforts of Lois, Kevin, Graham and Robert.  The kitchen was ably managed by Jenette, Senga, Helen, Lois and Karen.  Admissions and raffle sales went well thanks to Helen, Graham and Pat, Darry took some great photos and with other committee members and thanks to the help of many non committee persons (a special thanks to Mick) they moved 240 chairs (many times).


We thank the police, the school (parents and pupils), the Burnside Council, local businesses and the audience for their generous support.  The audience, band and dancers had a great time, the band was greatly appreciated, all in all a most enjoyable evening which raised $2.440.00 for our chosen charity, the Childhood Cancer Association Adelaide.


A square dance demonstration by children from the Tea Tree Gully Primary School called by Jeff with the music provided by the band proved to be a great success (they used to square dance to live bands many moons ago, there should be more of it).  The children benefitted from the experience and were able to show their learned skills to their proud parents, family and other onlookers.  Thank you kids for learning the dances, Thank you Jo for teaching them and thank you band for learning the specific music for the square dances.


The local business community rallied to our cause and provided over $700.00 worth of prizes for our giant raffle; Wild Frontier also raffled 20 square dance lessons worth $120 00.  We sold over 1400 raffle tickets on the night; not bad considering about 220 people attended the event.  We thank the following organizations for their support and generous gifts for our raffle:


City of Burnside; Adelina’s Café Burnside Community Centre; Bridgestone Select, North East Rd., Modbury; Chelsea Cinema (Wallace Cinemas) – Kensington Road opposite our dance hall; The Spice Kitchen Indian Restaurant – Kensington Road (right next to our dance hall); Chemmart – Marryatville Shopping Centre Kensington Road; Hair Machine, Greenhill Road, Burnside; Homewares Direct – Burnside Village; Jarvis Service – Adelaide, Clovelly Park, Hillcrest, Kensington, Norwood; Kokino Hair Studio – Greenhill Road, Toorak Gardens; Lindsay Allen Chemists Burnside Village; OPSM Portrush Road, Glenside; Rabbit Photo, Burnside Village; Scarce Real Estate, Greenhill Rd, Tusmore; The Individual Kid, Burnside Plaza; Solutions Hair, Burnside Plaza; Toorak Hair Designs, Greenhill Rd, Toorak Gardens; Twin R – Homewares & Gifts, Greenhill Road Glenside; The Electric Lime – Kensington Road; Village Cellars Burnside Village; Villa Provence – Greenhill Rd;  Wattle Park Specialty Meats, Kensington Rd.


I have never before seen such a sumptuous supper table at any function previous to this event.  The tables literally groaned with sweet and savoury dishes plus hot sausages and lamb-burgers, I apologize for not photographing this wonder, perhaps never to be seen again – no, let’s be positive, IT WILL BE even bigger next year!


After supper when the chairs had been pushed back and the boys in blue had left the building, quite a few people stayed on and had a go at square dancing.  Jeff explained the basics and with many angels quite a few people found that whilst square dancing may look complicated, it’s not really that hard, provided you listen to the caller and obey instructions.


The Polices bands attendance was especially appreciated because sickness and other unavoidable events prevented participation by many of the Dixie Jazz Band members proper; this necessitated a shorter program to that originally agreed.  The professionalism of other Police Band members in resolving this difficult situation by filling in for the missing band members at very short notice is commendable.  Whilst the pianist who replaced the banjo player was exceptionally talented, many followers of the band expressed disappointment that the banjo player was missing.  And so we have asked if it would be possible for them to return again next year, one Saturday early in September.  They are very popular and have many commitments, it appears they will be overseas in August next year and there is no guarantee they will available for a return visit.  Let’s keep our fingers crossed.


Everyone I have spoken to who attended the event had a good time, that’s the main thing, have a good time whilst helping those less fortunate than ourselves.  Well done!  Many thanks to all involved and for your support; I know, the money raised will be put to good use by a worthy cause.

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