Leigh Preschool gala organisers are celebrating “one of the best galas ever”.
Hundreds of visitors took the opportunity to grab a bargain in the hall, buy some home-baked goods and try their luck in the raffle draws, while others just relaxed in the sunshine and enjoyed the free entertainment.
A popular attraction was a special Marine Discovery Station, which was setup in conjunction with the Leigh Marine Laboratory, featuring interactive displays and touch tanks containing a variety of sea creatures. There was a free marine-themed photo booth, a mural created by Foundation Gallery artist Awa Gillgren and a sea creature installation made with recycled materials by children and teachers from the preschool.
A number of eco initiatives were established at the gala this year including recycling stations, large fresh water hydration stations and a competition to BYO cup/plate/utensils to help reduce waste.
Organisers thanked local businesses and supporters for their generous donations to the silent auction, where more than 70 packages were on offer.
The gala raised more than $18,000, which is at least $2000 up on last year and the best on record. The funds will be used to extend the covered deck area and further enhance the preschool’s naturescape environments and outdoor areas.
The event was held in the grounds of Leigh School on Sunday, October 27.