Garry Nehl with Shellie Kelly, who donated a painting to be auctioned.
Garry Nehl with Shellie Kelly, who donated a painting to be auctioned.

Fundraiser for conservatorium

A FUNDRAISING gala dinner on Saturday night was music to the ears of the Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium.

The evening of good food, fine wine and quality music, which included live and silent auctions, raised more than $16,000 for the conservatorium’s building fund.

“It was an incredible show of support from the local community and businesses. It was fabulous,” said conservatorium director Carol Hellmers.

The conservatorium is continuing the major task of refurbishing its new and permanent home next to the Bray Street cinemas.

The completion of the stage one re-fit of the site is due for completion by mid July when the new centre will become operational, while $1million is still needed for stages two and three of the project to include a 175-seat performance space.

The fundraiser was held at Bonville International Golf Resort and had almost 140 guests.

The highlight of the evening was a stunning performance by the Australian Youth Orchestra Brass Quintet which enthralled the crowd for 20 minutes.

“It was a very spectacular performance by these young professionals. They had been in Coffs Harbour for a week and they are here for another week for a residency week,” Ms Hellmers said.



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