There was plenty of great food, entertainment and fun times on Saturday night for the Black Tie and Boot Ball but the highlight of the night was no doubt the fundraising goal reached.
Organised by Rural Aid, the ball set a target of $150,000, to employee a specialised counsellor on the ground to help tackle the mental health problems associated with the drought, which would be based in Bathurst.
Rural Aid fundraiser Charles Alder said it was fantastic to see so much money raised.
“It’s been phenomenal. The night was great and we had about 670 people there,” he said.
“The food was awesome, the band was great, the venue was great. Everybody just had a really great evening of celebration.
“We’ve covered the first of three years for the counsellor and we’ll cover the other two in the coming months with other fundraising.
“The counsellor will be based in Bathurst and will start work by the end of the month.”
Gold Logie winner Grant Denyer was the MC on the night, with Guy Sebastian the headline entertainment guest.
The Heydays, featuring local musician Kyle Manning, performed as a supporting act.
Another similar event will be held in Brisbane on September 15.