An old time spring ball held in honour of much-loved local woman, Jenny Ford, has been awarded the Community Event of the Year at Bombala’s Australia Day celebrations.
Jen’s Old Time Spring Ball was held in Cathcart on November 9 last year in memory of Mrs Ford who sadly died of cancer before the event.
Bombala Mayor Bob Stewart said the inspiration for the ball was Mrs Ford herself who, when she became very ill with cancer, told her friends and family that she would love to hold a good old fashioned ball to raise funds for and awareness of cancer.
She also wished to support the great work done by the Southern Monaro Community Fund.
“It was unfortunate that her illness progressed so quickly that she passed away before she could see her dream turn into reality,” Cr Stewart said.
“Fortunately, Jen’s wonderful idea was taken up by the Cathcart School of Arts Committee, who along with many of her friends formed a committee to honour her wishes,” he said.
The ball was definitely a good old fashioned ball, with supper provided, old time dances, lots of family fun, a Belle and Beau and junior Belle and Beau of the Ball, raffles and lots of spot prizes.
Raffles of gardening and cooking hampers – Mrs Ford’s great loves – were drawn by her sons, John and Tige Ford.
A crowd of more than 200 people enjoyed the occasion which raised over $8000.
Many people supported the Ball, including the band, Hodakary Connection, who generously donated their time and talents.
Kristie Ford, Jen’s daughter-in-law, did a magnificent job of putting together a very professional looking cook book of Jen’s favourite recipes with all proceeds from the book also going towards the charities.
“The ball was made possible through the hard work and co-operation of many people,” Cr Stewart said.
“It not only raised much needed funds but also united the whole district and provided great entertainment as well.
“It was a testament to the generosity of the whole community.
“I am sure that Jen would be very pleased and proud of the community that she lived in and that her legacy will continue for many years to come and I congratulate all those involved with this special event,” he said.
The ball was so successful that it looks destined to become an annual event.