Gala Dinner 2018

|| October 29, 2018

On 7pm, Friday 24th August 2018, the second Penrose Rotary Gala Dinner was held in the One Tree Hill College Marilyn Wales auditorium. The Penrose Rotary club has been running for over 50 years, being associated with the college for 22 of those years now. Members meet every Tuesday morning at the college, their motto being ‘Service over self’. The club supports the school in a number of ways, such as providing instruments to the music department, donating prizes for prize giving, funding prefect trainings and many more. The purpose of the Gala dinner was to raise funds for the REP ( Reading Enrichment Programme), which is where the Rotary club’s support to the school is most recognized by students. 180 people were expected to attend from the Parent Teacher Association, Board of Trustees as well as the Penrose Rotary Club. The profit from the ticket sales ($120 per person, $1100 per table of 10) was expected to bring in a generous $4000 towards resources for helping students’ achievement in the REP. The evening was formal and fun, starting off with guests congregating in the foyer to admire the student artwork and enjoy some pre-dinner drinks together whilst the jazz band performed. After moving into the auditorium, now a beautiful dining set-up, guests were entertained by the nationally renowned girls choir and male voice chorale. The 3 course meal consisted of an entree, buffet dinner and dessert. Students from the interact club as well as prefects assisted in serving meals and clearing plates. Throughout the evening, tables competed against each other in a heated general knowledge quiz. An auction was also held with guests bidding for bottles of wine and pieces of artwork to weekend getaways and scenic flights. To end a vivacious evening, closing remarks and thank you speeches were given by the coordinators. Organiser, David Jack has been a member of the Penrose Rotary club for 4 years now and has run prior fundraiser dinners for organisations such as Alzheimer's Auckland at venues such as the Hilton Hotel. He looks forward to arranging the next gala dinner, hopefully with the school and the rotary club agreeing to making it an annual event. When asked about his experience putting together such an event he said, “It was very worthwhile and satisfying, working with the committee, selling tickets and organising the logistics. I am delighted with the schools commitment with the reading enrichment programme and it is great seeing the rewards that come out of it.” Mr Brian Langdon, REP coordinator for One Tree Hill College reports “it was a great occasion, the school is so privileged to have the support of an organization like the Penrose Rotary Club.”

News Media Team - Alicia Kumar