Clermont women turn on the style to raise $12,000 for kindy
IT HAS long ago been established that Clermont is a town with great community spirit.
This sentiment again rang true on Saturday night at the first annual Sip and Style.
The event saw 170 Clermont and surrounds women dress in their finest black and white outfits and let their hair down (or up) in order to raise money for Clermont Kindy and Day Care Centre to purchase new outdoor equipment.
Fiona Hartgrave, of the event committee, said that the Day Care Centre originally wanted to raise money for the building to be repainted.
On Saturday night, a clearly emotional Ms Hartgrave said that the Day Care Centre has been servicing Clermont for several decades, and a show of hands from the guests at the event clearly displayed how reliant locals are on this service.
The Sip and Style volunteer committee has worked tirelessly for several months obtaining sponsors and donations, as well as planning catering, decorations, entertainment and advertising the event.
Even husbands were not spared in the quest for perfection on the night, with Ben Oswald, husband of Committee member Jen Oswald, entrusted to make an illuminated focal feature for the outdoor service area, which proved to be a popular photo backdrop.
All the hard work put in did pay off in the end, with the event raising $12,000.
The Committee has guaranteed that Sip and Style will be back next year bigger and better, with discussion of the theme already underway.