A Fabulous, Fun-Filled Night Out at GLENRAC’s 30th Birthday Dinner
160 members of the community descended on the Glen Innes Services Club last Friday night in celebration of GLENRAC’s 30th birthday.
A 100-mile menu boasted some of the best fresh produce the region has to offer and guests were greeted on arrival with Deepwater Brewing lager, Toppers Mountain wines and a huge grazing table, before being seated to enjoy an array of meals prepared by the Crystal Room Restaurant and Janie Kent cakes.
MC and GLENRAC Treasurer, Sam Baker, provided the background entertainment for the evening, banning the word “drought” from the room and setting the tone for a night of fun and laughter.
In a Q&A session with Mr Baker, featured producers Graham Moore of Moore Venison, Graham Baker of Baker’s Beekeeping, Peter Scott from Gillens Glencoe Garlic and Tom Hartmann from Glen Olives spoke about their enterprises and the impact of the current conditions upon their businesses.
Four hampers of donated local produce, pamper packages, gardening equipment and Yamba holiday vouchers were also auctioned off by resident stock and station agent, Craig Thomas, raising a staggering $7525 for the Red Cross.
“GLENRAC are delighted with our 30-year celebration dinner. Not only was the “House Full” with 160 attendees, but more importantly the objective of a fun-filled, entertaining night was met,” said Mr Baker.
“Eliza James did a mountain of work to ensure the 100-Mile theme of the night was delivered, with a multitude of local producers providing their generous support. To top the night off, four quality lots were charity auctioned for the Red Cross, raising in excess of $7,500 which they were very appreciative of. I would like to thank all involved in the night, especially my hard-working fellow committee members, Sandy Fitzgerald, Julie Firth, Eliza James and Kylie Falconer.”
Northern Tablelands MP and Minister for Agriculture, Adam Marshall, also spoke during the evening, praising the efforts of GLENRAC over the years, particularly their commitment to supporting the community during the current conditions.
Similarly, GLENRAC Vice-chair, Julie Firth, applauded the hard work and forward-thinking nature of GLENRAC, referencing their first meeting in 1989 which occurred even before the creation of Landcare Australia, and thanking the community for their support on the night.
"GLENRAC's 30th Anniversary Dinner was a wonderful opportunity to share in the celebration of our organisation's achievements, while sampling the amazing produce from our region and catching up with friends,” said Mrs Firth.
“The night had a great atmosphere and was the perfect way to kick start another 30 years of GLENRAC's involvement with our community."