A FEROCIOUS fire that left one Bathurst business devastated has prompted another to organise a huge black tie charity fundraiser.
The Rise Black Tie Ball is on this Saturday at the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre with all funds raised to help Glenray Industries recover from a devastating fire earlier this year.
At around midnight on May 5 a fire tore through the Glenray building on Browning Street, it ruined the expansive laundry business and gutted the administration building.
- Read more: Fire crews on the cause of the blaze
Ivory Rose Botanicals owner Maddie Veitch said she had been midway through planning a fundraiser for Glenray before the fire.
“We were already in the process of organising this [fundraiser] when the fire occurred,” she said.
We’d be able to get a better kitchen and outdoor area for the laundry. We would like to make the work environment better for our supported employees.Glenray Industries chief executive officer Susan Williams
The Rise Black Tie Ball will feature a host of local entertainers, including: Cheviot Drive, Cirkus Surreal, Penopuss and the Four Blokes Band, with dinner and a dessert buffet to be provided by Margot Burke Catering.
“Promenade Dance School will also be coming along and putting on a display,” Ms Veitch said.
Glenray Industries chief executive officer Susan Williams said while much of the rebuild had been covered by insurance, the funds raised from the ball would go towards a few extras.
“We’d be able to get a better kitchen and outdoor area for the laundry,” she said. “We would like to make the work environment better for our supported employees.”
Ms Williams said she had been “humbled” by the response from Bathurst’s businesses and community since the fire.
“We didn’t just lose the laundry, we lost our main administration office,” she said.
Ms Williams said the office would remain at its newly-leased site on Durham Street, but the laundry would be rebuilt at the Browning Street site.
- Read more: Offer to Glenray of temporary laundry site
Since the fire, she said not one person had lost their job with Glenray and following the laundry’s rebuild additional positions would become available.
Ms Veitch said she had long been passionate about providing opportunities for people with a disability.
“We have quite a number of people who volunteer here from the different disability services in town … I think helping people with a disability find their place in life is fantastic,” she said.
Tickets are available through the BMEC box office until close of business on Wednesday and then from Ivory Rose Botanicals until 5pm on Thursday.