Centenary Gala Ball – Wrap-Up

It really was the event of the Century! As our 600 guests walked down the red carpet surrounded by images of our club from yesteryear, they knew they were in for a special evening. The ballroom looked spectacular with glittering lights and surf boats and skis suspended from the roof.

Our Pres Ian Clarke kicked off formalities and was presented with a 100 year plaque from Surf Life Saving Australia. We then all joined in a rousing rendition of our new club anthem – “We Still Call North Cott Home” led by Michael Beech, David Woodroffe, Mathilda Lipscombe, Lisa Ferrie and Tim Gregg.

We welcomed our three new Life Members – Lorna Wall, Karie Liggins and Sonja Belle-Wood and then officially launched our magnificent 100 Year History Book written by Georgina Barker. The hard cover version of the book is now sold out. Soft covers can be purchased through the office for just $50 and we encourage you to get in quickly so you don’t miss out.

The announcement of our 44 Champion Competitors of the Century was next. The award was named after club stalwart Graham Russell with each competitor or their family members presented with a beautiful pin. It was very special to have Graham’s three daughters there to present the pins to our champions.

Our two oldest members in Pat Kidner and Gyp Greville then handed over the club flags to young members Harry Alliss and Ivy Moore to signify the handing over of the baton to the next generation. Chris Shellabear then whipped the crowd into a bidding frenzy as he auctioned a stunning painting of our beach and clubrooms by Shakey Butler. The total raised from this auction and the silent auction was over $19,000 and we thank everyone for their generosity.

It was also fantastic to have a big crowd at the Recovery Brunch the next morning. There was a solid turnout for the traditional club swim followed by lots of reminiscing over Bloody Marys and bacon and egg rolls in the courtyard. Thank you to Niall and his team for organising the morning.

Congratulations to Mary Petrie her incredible work in organising such a stunning event and to everyone else who assisted. It was a fitting way to cap off a brilliant centenary season and everyone felt very proud to be part of North Cott.

Photos from the night can be viewed here

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Set Up, Roaming & Formals – CLICK HERE