St John the Baptist Primary School Monte Carlo casino night

All glamour at Monte Carlo fundraising night

IT was glamour all round as 250 Gladstone residents dressed to the nines for the first Monte Carlo Spectacular casino night.

Organisers hoped to raise $10,000 for St John the Baptist Primary school at Saturday evening's event.

Women sparkled in glitter gowns while the men rocked a black tie for the event, which was held to fundraise to extend the school's library into a courtyard outdoor learning area.

Principal Tim Franzmann said he was impressed.

"P&F have always done the Corfield Cup and there wasn't much interest this year. We wanted something more lively with no seating behind tables and lots of entertainment," he said.

Social coordinator Catherine Blomfield initially pitched the idea of a James Bond theme, but a Monte Carlo spectacular was born.

It's all for the 520 students that attend the school.

"$20,000 would be a real help," Mr Franzmann said. "We want to knock a wall out of the library for an outdoors courtyard. It could be a year off, but at least it's a start."

There was prizes, 'funny money', fire twirling, fireworks, delicious food, magic and plenty of dancing, while local band Swim entertained the crowd with some old classics.

Paula Ovenden and Deleece Lewis loved well known magician Mike Tyler, who made his way around the room producing some draw dropping card tricks.

Friends and colleagues Elicia Harvey and Miyuki Yamamoto enjoyed dressing up and letting their hair down.

"We lost all of our funny money on black jack," they laughed.

It was Elicia's first night out in three years after having children. "My mum's baby sitting my kids tonight," she said.

St John the Baptist Primary School mothers Natalie Holzberger and Kate Butcher lapped up the festivities.

"We have kids at the school in years three and five. It's a great fundraiser," Natalie said.

Sarah Janson wore a striking white dress.

She did the design and advertising for the event, overjoyed to see the final product.



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