Organisers Belinda Dendle, Rae Sproxton, Jeanelle Horn and Christie Dendle serve up charity with added style.
Organisers Belinda Dendle, Rae Sproxton, Jeanelle Horn and Christie Dendle serve up charity with added style.

Ooh la la, its the Burlesque Bar!

WHEN Belinda and Christie Dendle, sister-in-law Jeanelle Horn and close friend Raelene Sproxton got together to brainstorm a biggest morning tea fundraiser for the Queensland Cancer Council, the idea of a sedate daytime cuppa and cake didn’t take long to transform into an after-dark Burlesque Bar.

The event was held at Christie’s home which was transformed into a beautifully classy 50s lounge and bar on June 11.

“The idea of a nightcap evolved because we all work during the day, so the evening was the obvious solution,” the girls said.

“So, nightcap became ‘nightcup’, and our venue became the Burlesque Bar. On our invitation to the Burlesque Bar we asked the provocative question, ‘What happens to the Stepford Wives after dark?...’, leaving it up to our guests’ interpretation. An interesting juxtaposition of characters!”

The bar was equipped with an eclectic collection of antique silver and china teapots and coffee pots – including a good sized teapot called the “CWA pot” - filled with a variety of white and red wines.

“Fun was had by all. Everyone dressed up,” the trio enthused.

“Girls just love getting all dolled up and it was great to see such colour and excitement.

“Many wanted to know if this was going to be an annual event. It was a terrific response to the evening.

“We would like to thank local businesses who donated goods to make the evening such a success: Highland Homewares, Genesis, Cathy Sproxton Nutrimetics, Woolworths, Maraboon Tavern, Jeanelle Horn Intimo, Coles and Mayfair Tavern.”

Anna Hemmings won best dressed, Aleisha Catip won the quirkiest teacup and Ligia Emmel Barnett was the lucky door prize winner.

“We thoroughly enjoyed creating a cancer fundraising event with a twist,” the girls said.

“Our driving force has always been to remember our loved ones who were touched by cancer and lost the fight, and to drink a toast to the incredible tenacity and strength of character displayed by those who are beating it.

“Yes, we do plan to have another ladies BMT next year, and because of the wonderfully positive response, plans are under way for a couple’s night in early November, incorporating the Girls Night In and Movember fundraising events.

“Now that one looks to be a night full of energy and fun.”

If you would like to make a donation for the fundraiser, go to the girls’ website at www. qld.cancercouncilfundraising.org.au/Nightcup.


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