Maintaining the Mt Olive Community Centre not only requires the dedicated volunteers sacrificing their time, it also hinges on them having the finances to do so.
So every spring they host a themed ball to fundraise, and ensure the country hall does not suffer the same fate of others in the district.
Held on Saturday, September 9, the black-tie Country Charm Ball was a huge success attracting a crowd of 130 people.
A light hot super was enjoyed thanks to the committee, musical entertainment provided by popular band ‘The Cripple Chickens’, and guests enjoyed cheese platters on arrival courtesy of Hunter Bell Cheese.
And, they managed to raise an impressive $4000.
The Mt Olive Community Centre is located on the outskirts of Singleton towards Lake St Clair.
The hall was reconstructed in 1993 and reopened after the existing structure was condemned.
Committee member, Lyndal Robinson, says as a community our mission is to keep the hall running effectively and efficiently as we feel it's a great asset.
“It’s a place of meeting for social events and has various other uses including a weekly mobile pre school and KMDA Dance Academy. At various times during the year the hall is hired out for community meetings, training days, social events, parties and weddings, table/chair hire and our annual spring ball.
“Our community hall is solely ran by local volunteers.”
Ms Robinson says the fundraising activities that transpired on the night would not have been possible without the support of many local small businesses and their major sponsors.
“Special thanks must go to Glencore’s Mt Owen Open Cut and the Bloomfield Group’s Rixs Creek operation, who were our major sponsors of the night. Both these mining operations constantly demonstrate ongoing support to us and our neighboring communities,” she says.
“Thanks must also go to Buck Yeah Photography for our group photo on the night and a heartfelt thank you goes to everyone who was involved in making the night possible.”