Last night’s Flood Light benefit at Slide was a huge success, raising well over $20,000 for victims of Queensland’s recent floods.

An exhausted but elated Catherine Alcorn, producer of the event, told the Star Observer that the hundreds in attendance dug deep for the cause.

“At 10.30pm our money count was $21,000 odd. We still have final bar tabs and last minute donations to include, so hopefully we’ll reach over $22,000. That kind of amount was my wildest dream and it was lovely watching it come true!”

Performers including drag diva Verushka Darling, Jersey Boys star Bobby Fox (singing a poignant rendition of Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror), Deni Hines and many others entertained the crowd, many of whom made on-the-spot contributions to the cause. Top donators on the night included RNC founder Diane Dromgold ($5000 donation), Berkeley Vale Kitchens Central Coast ($1000)
Willoughby Theatre Company ($250), and even the evening’s host Luke Jacobz, who contributed $500.

Jacobz’ generosity didn’t end there – after drawing the winning ticket for one of the night’s major raffle prizes, a pair of VIP Mardi Gras tickets, the host checked his own wallet and realised he’d purchased the winning ticket himself.

“So, like the champ he is, Luke offered to auction the Mardi Gras VIP experience then and there,” explained Alcorn.

“After 15 good minutes of bidding, the prize was won by a lucky gentleman whose partner had bid over $2000 to secure the VIP experience as his birthday gift. So, he came up to claim the prize and the room chimed in with a rendition of Happy Birthday.”

Check out the photos from the night HERE

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