Sparkle shines for charity

By Victoria White

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Miss Universe New Zealand 2013 models Lot 1, a World couture gown from Papillon, Havelock North, and Lot 4, a necklace from Unio Goldsmiths, at the Sparkle Ball. Photo / Duncan Brown
Miss Universe New Zealand 2013 models Lot 1, a World couture gown from Papillon, Havelock North, and Lot 4, a necklace from Unio Goldsmiths, at the Sparkle Ball. Photo / Duncan Brown

After weeks of anticipation, more than 200 people enjoyed an evening of luxury, opulence, fun, and surprise at Sparkle 2016, while contributing to a charitable cause.

Held at Church Road Winery on Saturday night, the sold-out event was hosted by Presbyterian Support East Coast (PSEC) with help from more than 100 sponsors to support Enliven, a service that helps older people remain independent in their own homes.

At a venue that reflected "the splendour of the Palace of Versailles", guests enjoyed exquisitely presented food created by four of the Bay's top chefs, served with award-winning Church Road wines, showcasing the best of Hawke's Bay to visitors to the region.

Guests took to the dance floor before dinner was finished to enjoy the musical stylings of Jon Fletcher and were surprised later in the evening by an act from the BeatGirls.

Back by popular demand was drag artiste extraordinaire Buckwheat, dressed in attire described as "lavishly over-the-top", who also entertained guests with a "larger than life" stilt performance.

An auction fundraiser, with 12 lots ranging from a Taupo getaway for two, to an America's Cup sailing experience, was kept "short and sweet" by Barfoot and Thompson auctioneer Marian Tolich.

PSEC's fundraising, communication and marketing manager Shirley Collins said the night was a wonderful success.

"The initial feedback has been that people had an amazing time and were completely blown away with the decor, brilliant and creative menu, and our entertainment line up," she said.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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