The South Australian Produce Market Industry hosted its annual Cherry Ball on Saturday, 10 November 2018 at the Adelaide Convention Centre, with over 400guests attending the fundraiser to help Camp Quality raise funds for children and their families impacted by cancer.
Now into its 21st year, the ball which coincides with the cherry season in South Australia has raised over $3 millionfor Camp Quality.
The event, hosted and organised in conjunction with Camp Quality by passionate fruit and vegetable provedore Frank Bueti, Retailers Derrick Patterson and his daughter Ashley Patterson, was a magnificent night of food and entertainment.
During the evening, there were live auctions of prime fruit and vegetable produce including the season’s first case of cherries donated by the Costa Farm Group, along with other donated prizes.
This year the event raised more than $210,000 for Camp Quality with the first case of cherries going for $23,000. The winning bidders of the inaugural cherries, Roy and Joan Schirripa, were named the Cherry Queen and King.
After the event, Roy and Joan visited the Women’s and Children’s Hospital with Cherry Prince and Princess Levi and Jazmyn on World Kindness Day. Together they provided cherries to children receiving treatment in the Michael Rice Centre.
Speaking about this event, Camp Quality State Manager, Kendra Overall said, “In South Australia we support approximately 300 children and their families impacted by cancer, through our programs which deliver on our philosophy that “laughter is the best medicine”.
We are very appreciative of the generosity of the SA Produce Markets and all members of the local fruit and vegetable industry, which continues to raise an amazing amount of money for Camp Quality to fund our camps, school and hospital programs. The Cherry Ball is a key event to bring together the community for a great cause and we are grateful to the amazing committee who have once again put together a spectacular event.”
CHEP Australia’s Manager, Sales - Central, Geoff Plummer said, “This is a very worthwhile evening, coming together with the community to raise much needed funds to help Camp Quality support children and their families impacted by cancer. We’re very proud to support this community event and giving back to those in need.”
Camp Quality encourages the community to extend their support by making a donation to help children and families impacted by cancer this Christmas. For more information and to make a donation visit: https://www.campquality.org.au/