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Gatsby glam: Cancer Society supportive care nurse Pip Speedy and events boss Shantelle Cockroft-Gerken

The roaring ’20s are making a comeback for a good cause.

Queenstowners will don their flapper dresses and suits on November 23 for the Cancer Society Great Gatsby Ball.

The formerly-annual fundraiser is making a comeback after a three-year hiatus.

Cancer Society event coordinator Shantelle Cockroft-Gerken says it’s going to be a night to remember.

“There will be more than just a traditional ball and dinner – it’s going to be an evening bursting at the seams with divine food and amazing entertainment with an incredible line-up of local talent.

“We really hope the community rallies around us for this event because money raised goes straight back into Otago and Southland services, it’s not dispersed throughout the country.”

She says the ball is a “massive” fundraiser.

“They just had the Dunedin ball and it raised over $100,000, so it’s a huge chunk of our income.”

After a few years off, it’s also definitely back to being an annual event, with sponsorship lined up for the next five years.

She says there are already people enquiring about tables to attend the ball as their end-of-year / Christmas event.

Tickets cost $165 and include dinner from local catering company Flying Trestles and complimentary refreshments, followed by an evening jam-packed with entertainment.

A jazz band will kick off proceedings followed by local stand-up comedian Hugo Huntington, comedy duo Wando and Simoe performing their interactive magic show, music from RED Entertainment and a 1920s-style performance from Salsa Queenstown.

Cancer campaigner Blair Vining’s brother Shaun will speak during the night.

A range of items will be auctioned off including a premium economy return flight package to anywhere in Europe for two people, donated by Singapore Airlines.

The event is sponsored by Naylor Love, among a long list of other generous businesses.

“We’re excited to have them on board,” fundraising manager Jonet Warhurst says.

The ball runs from 7pm till late at the Queenstown Memorial Centre.

Tickets on sale today from Cockroft-Gerken at shantelle.cg@cansoc.org.nz

daisy.hudson@scene.co.nz