Jacqueline Young and Rahni Lucas at the '90s themed New Year's Eve fundraiser for the Kingaroy Dance Academy.
Jacqueline Young and Rahni Lucas at the '90s themed New Year's Eve fundraiser for the Kingaroy Dance Academy. Elaelah Harley

Throwback party ushers in exciting year for dancers

KINGAROY Dance Academy's '90s-themed New Year's Eve party was a fun-filled night for all who attended.

The event was organised to fundraise for 24 local dancers to visit and perform in America, giving Kingaroy residents the perfect excuse to go out and enjoy their New Year's Eve while also supporting a good cause.

Those who attended enjoyed jumping castles and games for the children, along with a bar and entertainment for the parents.

Fundraising committee president Deb Hannessen was delighted with the entertainment.

"Matt and Steve are from Hooray Entertainment, and they are amazing. They do such a great show,” she said.

"We did a fundraiser with these guys last year, and they also both came for the Bogan Bingo event too. We're really excited to have them back for another good evening.”

Mrs Hannessen was proud of how Hooray Entertainment embodied the '90s theme.

"We had trivia, '90s music, bingo, and a Nintendo up the back for the kids to be able to get in and play. Everything was themed from the '90s, and it all looked great.”

A range of prizes were also on display, with ticket costs all contributing to the trip.

The table of prizes at the '90s themed New Year's Eve fundraiser for the Kingaroy Dance Academy.
The table of prizes at the '90s themed New Year's Eve fundraiser for the Kingaroy Dance Academy. Elaelah Harley

"There were about 10 prizes, and they were set up as an auction. You paid $10 for your 20 tickets at the door, and you could go through and put your tickets in for a chance to win,” Mrs Hannessen said.

"Our prizes ranged from 5kg worth of Favourites to two car packs, body packs, and vouchers that were donated by our local community, like Coppards and Busy Bee Café.

"The community is getting behind this group of kids, so it's awesome.”

With the event offering great activities and entertainment, Mrs Hannessen said she wished more people had been able to experience it.

"There are a good few that turned up, which was awesome. However, there weren't as many pre-bought tickets as we were hoping for, but there's always lots happening in the community which we understand,” she said.

"In saying that, we had a fair few who walked in asking to buy tickets, so that's good to see the interest as well.”

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