One hundred and fifty two guests joined Samantha Skinner and the organisers of this year’s third annual Helicopter High Tea at the Armidale Bowling Club on Saturday, February 9. Samantha said the attendance number was the highest ever, and so were the funds raised.
“The guests all had a fabulous time,” she said.
I was thrilled, the numbers were higher than last year.Samantha Skinner
“They ate lots of food, drank lots of drinks, listened to some beautiful music, played lots of games and we raised more than $5000 for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter at the Tamworth base.
“We actually sold out and unfortunately we had people on our waiting list because we didn’t have any room for them.”
Samantha said she was hoping to make it a bit bigger next year to accommodate those who couldn’t get in to enjoy the function this time around.
“We’ll be looking into how we might do that while still maintaining the ambience and feel of the event,” she said.
“It’s all about a high tea, that we have all the vintage crockery and teapots and all of that sort of thing. Everyone dresses up and has a wonderful afternoon.
“We don’t want it to become too big, but we think there is a happy medium. I would love to get to 200 and I think that’s achievable but we’ll see what we can come up with.”
Samantha said she thought if they could get a crowd of about 200, the event could possibly raise about $7500, which she considered was a tidy sum for a city the size of Armidale.
“To me the ticket is good value for money. It’s something different and something that’s a little bit special in town that’s not offered much. Any age group can come along, male or female, it’s affordable and it’s something nice to do,” she said.