By Bev Mortimer: A grand amount of R35 725 was raised for NSRI at an upmarket whisky tasting fundraiser at St Francis Links this week.
The total raised is expected to be higher as pledges come in. At the event itself a delighted NSRI, Station 21 commander Marc May, was presented with an early simulated cheque for R30 000.
The fun fundraiser night was the brainchild of SuperSpar St Francis Bay and initiated by Richard Moolman and Andre Koekemoer of this Spar who sponsored the food and Glenfiddich (from Tops). St Francis Links sponsored the venue, golf and the kitchen staff under Chef Brad.
Guests were first welcomed by the sound of bagpipes being played by players in traditional regalia on the lawn overlooking the course and village.
Then it was a welcome dram or two from Glenmorangie. Other tastings during the evening were from Glenfiddich, Bellevinie and more Glenmorangie bottles.
Around 127 people attended the whisky tastings, 40 of whom played 9 holes of golf beforehand (and took home extra Glenfiddich on the course!)
Chef Brad at the Links prepared the Haggis which was piped in with bagpipes and presented by Eamon Scot in full Scottish regalia. Brad created all the delightful and yummy canapes to accompany each of the four whisky tastings.
Among the platters there were sushi offerings, biltong baskets, sticky, hot peanuts and jam tartlets and several meat savouries – beautifully prepared.
The dining and tasting area was stunningly lit up with fairy lights that flashed in rainbow colours adding fantastic glows to the tastings.
Jo Brown, the MC, did a sterling job again with brilliant and most professional organisation. Her efforts, especially during the auction when she was ably assisted by Sean Beard, led to the success of the fundraiser and the night.
Photos: By Bev Mortimer.
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