First fundraiser for bedraggled hall kicks off

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Tables are selling for the first fundraiser for the Queenstown Memorial Hall upgrade project. 

Queenstown entertainer Simon Green (left) has organised a concert in the bedraggled hall on March 3. The evening will feature a top-class big band, a musical comedy duo and famous Motown-inspired songs. 

“We’re committed to kicking off our local fundraising drive with a bang,” Green says. 

Performers include musical comedy act Chris and Chet, who debuted in Queenstown at the 2010 Winter Festival, and singers Chris Powley, Russell Harrison, Douglas Kamo and Green himself. 

The big band, led by well-known Dunedin-based musical director Stuart Walker, will pump out hits like Cry Me A River, I’ve Got You Under My Skin and Mack The Knife. 

The evening, divided into three acts, is titled ‘Reach Out – for the Memorial Hall’. 

Preferential bookings are open for tables of 10 at $850 a pop – individual table and mezzanine tickets will be available later. 

The Queenstown Memorial Hall Trust, chaired by local councillor Cath Gilmour, is raising $2.56 million to improve the ageing hall as a community, performance and conference venue. 

The Central Lakes Trust got the ball rolling with a $1m grant – only the 12th grant in its history of $1m or more. 

The upgrade is due between August and the end of the year.