Variety gets a $16,000 boost



THE Yamba Variety Club raised $16,000 at its major fundraising event of the year, A Night of Entertainment With Variety ... For Variety.

One hundred and fifty people paid $60 each to attend the dinner on Friday night, at the Pacific Hotel in Yamba.

Entertainment was provided by disabled cabaret singer Belinda Mahony, of the Gold Coast, and comedy magician Super Hubert.

The Yamba team leader of the Variety Club of New South Wales, Jon Riordan, said the seven-member team had raised $20,000 since January and expected to exceed last year's fundraising total of $28,000.

Mr Riordan said the Variety Club of Queensland supported Belinda, 23 -- who was born with a rare chromosome abnormality -- by helping her record an album.

Belinda sung renditions of I'll Do it My Way, The Rose and I Still Call (Yamba) Home.

"It was a wonderful night, Belinda's performance bought a standing ovation from every person in the room," Mr Riordan said.

Richie Williamson, of radio station 2GF compered the evening, which included a dinner, raffle and auctions.

Auctioneer Mike Macqueen sold items including a five-star holiday in Tasmania, a digital camera, a Pat Riordan photograph and tools.

A further $350 was raised when Yamba Buccaneers Adrian 'Sponge' Hall collected a 'departure tax' from guest leaving the Pacific Hotel.

The crowd stayed on from 7.30pm until the hotel closed at 1am.



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