COMMUNITY FAVOURITE: Brittany and Peter Ehrich at last year's Cocktails for a Cure.
COMMUNITY FAVOURITE: Brittany and Peter Ehrich at last year's Cocktails for a Cure. FILE

Cocktails for a Cure draws strong crowd

ONE OF Dalby's fastest growing and most respected fundraising events is back for another year tomorrow night.

Cocktails for a Cure, which raises awareness and vital funding for ovarian cancer research at the Mater, Brisbane, will be held at the Dalby Showground's Knowles Pavilion after inclement weather forced it from its traditional Jimbour House venue.

The event is in its third year and organiser Edwina McVeigh alluded to her inspiration behind creating Cocktails for a Cure and noted the community's astounding support.

"I started it to honour my mother's memory after she died from ovarian cancer in 2008, as well as to give hope to those who are fighting this horrid disease” she said.

"Each year we secure more and more sponsorship from businesses both in the Darling Downs region as well as Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

"My original fundraiser started with 30 women and has grown into a well known social event that will host 450 men and women this year, from all over Queensland and New South Wales.”

Mrs McVeigh said it's a chance for the community to get dressed up and have a great night out.

"Attendees are entertained with guest speakers, live auctions and great bands,” she said.

"Living in a rural community we don't have the luxury of having these type of events on the social calendar regularly.

"It's special to get dressed up, have a great night out and all for a very worthy cause.”

Mrs McVeigh also took time to recognise those who have helped the event become such a resounding success.

"I'd like to thank all of our sponsors, businesses and countless individuals who have supported this event through sponsorship and donations, as well as to all the guests who have thrown their support behind CFAC and made it our biggest event yet,” she said.

"We sold out in under two weeks, then released an extra 50 tickets due to demand, and sold them in under two minutes.”

The event starts at 6pm and finishes at 12:30am.

For those who are catching buses, they leave from Thomas Jack Park at 5:55pm and will be departing from the venue at 12:30am.

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