The sold-out Palliative 4 People fund-raiser, “The Event” on Saturday, 19 November has been heralded a great success, with close to $100,000 raised for the charity to date.
Held at the Coonabarabran Town Hall, The Event follows months of fund-raising efforts by a group of hard- working volunteers who are seeking to improve palliative care services in the district.
More than 400 people turned out to watch nine unique acts sing and dance their way into local fame.
Three judges were on hand to provide a witty critique of the showcase - Mitchell Hardy, Jacqui Clifton and former resident, Chris Sutton, who made the trip back to Coonabarabran, from Sydney, for the talent showcase.
Warren Sevill and Marg Scifleet emceed the evening’s activities, while the newly-reformed Coonabarabran Amateur Dramatic Society provided a live advertisement of their first production being staged this week.
Dressed in retro fashion, the team from Break Thru wiggled and wriggled every muscle in their Grease Lightning combination, and enjoyed the limelight as much as the audience enjoyed their performance.
The Men’s Choir harmonised their smooth and rich deep tones to a well-chosen medley, signing off with I Still Call Australia Home.
Jess Jones gave an emotive choral recital on the piano and as Mitch Hardy reflected in his summation, “She certainly sounds a lot better than I do in the shower.”
Then Elvis entered the building, along with his moo sisters who jiggled their udders in fetching operating-theatre blue suede shoes.
Judge, Chris Sutton, commented, “If only the middle cow had known his moooves, you would have got a 10.”
The second act opened with Dugo and the Poo Jars, who delivered their delightful home- grown sound including a wonderful a cappella of Tears.
These boys were fun again later in the night, providing terrific dance music.
Next up was Barry Patterson on guitar and harmonica, who overwhelmed the audience with a wonderful song he had written and dedicated to his departed dear friend.
A hilarious line up of jokes and ridicule was dealt out by Terry Hadfield, aptly referred to by Chris Sutton as one of the great sledges of Coona rugby league history.
Terry’s perfect delivery and timing to a wildly receptive audience had everyone in stitches, except the odd female.
David Hunter, resplendent in his family tartan, piped his way to the “Best Act” trophy with a wonderful performance, which even included The Birdie Song and a bit of tail and sporran shaking.
The last act of the evening was the Coona Queens and their colourful and sparkling rendition of I will Survive, entering between the tables and leaving remnants of their pink feather under the judges’ noses.
As the donation buckets were counted, Break Thru performers were declared the clear “People’s Choice” winners, fund-raising over $2000 in “votes”.
“Jane McWhirter and her tireless and dedicated team were the real winners at The Event on Saturday night,” said Jacqui Clifton.
“The reception and support are clear indicators of the respect and admiration she, and her legacy to Mark, hold in the community.”
Break Thru clients Alison Row, Bethany Barron, John Muller, Shelly Edwards and Telline Antaw rehearsing their act for the Palliative 4 People entertainment night - The Event. The group wowed the crowd with their Grease Lightning performance and were popular winners of the “People’s Choice” award, collecting over $2000 in their bucket for the night.