By Ingrid Jacobson
BACK in the fabulous thirties, Prince Henry, the Duke of Gloucester was guest of honour at a legendary black and white ball held in Yanchep’s Cabaret Cave.
Four years ago, St Andrews resident Heather Jarvis, who had been long fascinated by the story, decided to create a legend of her own by throwing a ball in the cave to raise money for Telethon.
So successful was the night that the Department of Wildlife officer has held the event every year since then, with last year’s roaring twenties bash raising $5500.
Now Heather is putting out the challenge for locals to channel their inner celebrity and become a star for the night, with the theme of this year’s ball, to be held on October 8, being Hollywood.
Preparations are already underway and Heather is now calling for a DJ to play tunes that will range from the sixties to music of today.
The cave will be decked out in keeping with the glamorous theme with props even including a re-creation of the iconic sign erected in the Hollywood Hills in the 1920s.
Park ranger Pip Carboon is in the middle of creating Yanchep’s version of the famous sign, carving the letters out of wood and mounting them on stakes with the letters to be set up at the top of the hill as one of the first sights guests will get.
Heather’s daughter, Claire Jarvis has also been helping her mother get ready for the ball, along with a group of dedicated local people who love the thought of the cave carrying on its glittering legend.
“Last year we raised $5,500 for Telethon which I chose because so many different charities benefit from it,” Heather said.
“My family and friends have been very supportive, even donating items for our silent auction.
“Some local businesses are also helping out such as Hot Bods Boutique in Currambine.
“The owner is offering a special deal for those who buy their gowns for the ball from her shop, and also pledging to donate a percentage of the sale, along with providing mannequins and glitzy dresses to be used as props and voucher for after the ball.
“It would be great if some more local businesses came onboard, because apart from raising money for those who need help, it is also a great marketing opportunity as Telethon publishes the list of sponsors and we also have signage out during the night.”
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