Grace of Monaco screening raises $3000 for Wimmera Health Care Group

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MORE than 150 people donned their best pearls and tiaras for a Hollywood-inspired fundraiser.

Friends of the Wimmera Health Care Group Foundation arranged a special screening of ‘Grace of Monaco’, starring Australia’s Nicole Kidman as Princess Grace Kelly.

Spokeswoman Allison Roberts said people were encouraged to come dressed ‘with a touch of Grace’ to the fundraiser on Thursday night. 

She said the night raised more than $3000.

“It was absolutely fantastic,” she said.

“There hadn’t been a lot of great feedback about the movie leading up to it, but having Nicole Kidman in it really appealed to people. 

“We even had a small amount of men who attended and thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Mrs Roberts said more than half of the audience dressed up.

“People looked fantastic,” she said.

“Some of the more senior people who attended bought some beautiful things out of their wardrobe from eras ago.

“One lady wore a gold brocade outfit which she wore to her son’s wedding and her son is now a grandfather.

“Because it was a chilly night, there were lots of fur stoles. 

“Some people came in an entire outfit – others just had a little tiara.”

The night also featured prizes.

Sharlene Brown of Horsham won the jewellery raffle. 

Ms Brown and Judith Bysouth of Haven also won door prizes. 

Money raised will support Wimmera Health Care Group Foundation.

“Its new project is improving the oncology service in Horsham,” Mrs Roberts said.

Wimmera Health Care Group Foundation chairman Don Johns announced late last month that the group would focus on redeveloping Wimmera Base Hospital’s oncology service.

On the same day, he revealed the foundation had reached its $1 million fundraising target eight months ahead of deadline.

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