IT'S time to talk about the elephant in the room.
After COVID-19 shut down all hopes of the annual White Elephant Ball (WEB) last year, the committee is more determined than ever to raise funds for youth preventative mental health charity, batyr.
And, they've kicked things off with an entirely new event, The White Lunch, complete with chic styling, champagne, delicious nibbles, live entertainment and hidden surprises.
After lockdowns and a lot of anxiety, The White Lunch was the perfect time to bring the community together, White Elephant Ball co-chair Breanna McFadyen said.
"There has been a lot of uncertainty around different situations, I think it was important to re-establish ourselves within our local community," she said.
"This is a social gathering to have a conversation, reconnect, talk about the vision of what the ball is about and have a celebration."
The ball was started seven years ago by Katrina Campbell, after the tragic loss of her husband Scott to suicide.
The funds raised help batyr to deliver mental health programs and Being Herd workshops to school and university students in the region.
The back-story to the ball is what first made co-chair Katelyn Spokes want to be a part of it all.
"It stands for helping young adults and school aged children, I really like that they are local and base themselves in the area to help," she said.
"We're really excited for the lunch, we've got a batyr ambassador coming along, lots of amazing food and The Balloon Creative so we're helping locals at the same time.
"Plus there will be cocktails, games to play and some live entertainment as well."
The event is on Saturday, May 29 from 3pm to 6pm at The Tamworth Hotel, tickets are $35 and can be purchased with ServiceNSW Discover vouchers.
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