Bev Bennett and Joanne Loeskow looking smart at the Zonta High Tea Party.
Bev Bennett and Joanne Loeskow looking smart at the Zonta High Tea Party.

Fundraisers bloom into chic event

THERE might be 16,000km between Bundaberg and Paris, but guests at yesterday's Zonta Garden Party showed true French chic.

About 90 women dressed in red, white and black — as well as a rainbow of other colours — for the Paris in Springtime-themed fundraiser.

“The money goes to local charities like Edon Place and Phoenix House, as well as to overseas women's causes, such as birthing kits,” Zonta fundraising committee secretary Maree Luthe said.

She said high tea at Fairymead House was held during the Bundy in Bloom festivities for the first time last year and was so successful that the group decided to make it an annual event.

Zonta members and friends feasted on cupcakes, quiches and pikelets and watched the judging for best outfit and hat of the day, after trying their luck on a series of raffles.

“It's a great way to fundraise for women's charities — we do like to dress up and have a party,” former area director Pat Faircloth said.

Also in conjunction with Bundy in Bloom, the Bundaberg Art Society is throwing open its doors at the Hazzard Gallery on Walker Street, every weekend until the end of October.

“We have had quite a few visitors coming down to have a look and chat to the artists,” president Marion Berry said.

She said the gallery would be open on Saturday mornings until noon throughout the Bundy in Bloom and Crush festivals.



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