One great idea, one night, one classic movie, two friends and many hands equals a successful fundraiser for a special cause.
Flipping lazily through my favourite Australian fashion mag, Peppermint, one evening, a small article titled “Frock n Roll” caught my attention. It spoke all about Frocktober, a festive fundraising initiative held during the month of October to raise funds for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF). Through fun – and sometimes quirky – measures, Frocktober is all about increasing the public’s awareness of ovarian cancer, promoting women’s health and wellbeing and celebrating the great diversity of shapes, sizes and colours women come in. What’s not to love about that?
Mind buzzing with ideas, I immediately picked up the phone and called my bestest friend, Carly Ennor, whose own dear aunt is currently in remission from ovarian cancer. Carly is also the other half of my craft sideline business, Two Crafty Dames. We’re all about “deeply fabulous, vintage-inspired handmade fashion”, and how could two self-respecting fashionistas possibly let a worthy fundraising initiative like Frocktober pass us by without donning our favourite party frock and putting on an event? The hardest part was settling on an idea!
After much pondering, we finally came to the fabulous plan to arrange a special viewing on the big screen of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the classic film starring Audrey Hepburn. So many of my girlfriends had bashfully admitted to me that, while they were familiar with the character of Holly Golightly and her quintessential LBD (Little Black Dress), they had sadly never seen Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Well, perfect. Here was their chance!
Carly and I stormed the newspaper, radio and Facebook in the lead up to our event on 30 October 2010. Even with relatively short notice (I neglected to tell you – we decided on the event only three weeks before), we were overwhelmed with the generosity of local businesses coming to the party with fantastic donations, prizes and giveaways.
We held the event at the Goldfields Arts Centre in Kalgoorlie, where Donna Malec, Andrew Hardman and all the crew were so incredibly helpful and made hosting this fundraiser evening an absolute breeze. Guests were delighted to receive a complimentary champagne supper on arrival and, after laboriously baking and icing some 600 plus cupcakes and coating two crates of strawberries in chocolate, we were so pleased that all our home made refreshments were all gobbled up by appreciative patrons. (Although we will never look at cupcakes in quite the same way again)!
The feat would not have been possible without our cast of eager helpers: Tina, Laura and Jess Bryce, Maxine and Nadine Ennor, Adele Leahy, Lynda and Max Fletcher. One of our generous sponsors, the super talented and stylish Clair Stanton of Pictures by Clair, was on hand to take photographs of the evening.