HONOURED GUESTS:  Telethon Kids Institute staff and their partners enjoying the gala dinner
SOME figures are still to be finalised but Palm Beach Rotary Club raised roughly $30,000 from its gala dinner and auction last Saturday night.
The evening started with champagne and chatter and continued with fine dining and fund-raising.
Bids for the second bracket of goods were generally higher than those for the first bracket, probably as people relaxed after a few more glasses of wine.
Some of the biggest winning bids were $900 for the unknown batsman’s bat, signed by Steve Waugh; $1600 for the seven-night Royal Resorts land package; $1500 for the Coast FM advertising package and $2100 for   $4000 worth of Sound Telegraph advertising; $3600 for the kingsized bed valued at $6999, $1300 for the Matthew Hayden-signed cricket memorabilia, $1400 for the Bali Extravaganza and $1560 for the Prestige Catering dinner for eight in your home or office.  The evening’s great meal obviously inspired that winning bidder.