A cold and wet night did not dampen the enthusiasm for a night of fun, fellowship and charitable deeds at the Masonic District 14 Charity Dinner held at the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club in Wickham, Newcastle N.S.W. on the night of Saturday, 9th June, 2018.
The dinner, with music from an 8 piece Celtic orchestra, was arranged by the Chairman of the District 14 Management Committee, V. Wor. Bro. Tom Muir, District Grand Inspector of Workings of District 14 and District 14 Secretary, Mrs. Carrol Burns. Congratulations to both of them for organising a wonderful night.
107 people attended the Charity Dinner including the Most Worshipful Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of NSW & the ACT, Most Worshipful Brother Jamie Melville and his wife, the First Grand
Principal and Grand Master of the United Supreme Grand Chapter of Mark and Royal Arch Masons of NSW & the ACT, Most Excellent Companion Robert Peattie and his wife, several Councillors from Maitland City Council and their partners, Mr. Shane Conlon CEO of the Cancer Council of Australia, Hunter Branch, Freemasons and their Ladies from Newcastle, Maitland and the Coalfield areas plus prospective candidates of several district Lodges.
During the night a lucky door prize of a pair of diamond earrings was won by Ms. Teresa Campos. Various raffles were held and later in the night a charity auction took place. A very entertaining auction was ably conducted by Most Excellent Companion Robert Peattie with the Grand Master, MW Brother Melville as his assistant. The winning bidders all received a bonus of being asked to pose for a photograph between the two Grand Masters.
Proceeds of the evening amounted to $5,000, which, when added to the $24,000 already raised, made a grand total of $29,000 being donated to the Hunter Branch of the Cancer Council. The CEO of the Cancer Council Hunter Branch, Mr. Conlon accepted the cheques from V. Wor. Bro. Muir and, in his response, thanked the brethren of District 14, and those present, for their kind generosity.
Another wonderful night in Freemasonry.