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The crowd grows at the Leila Rose Rare White Christmas event.

The crowd grows at the Leila Rose Rare White Christmas event.

TweetFacebookTHE former Sam’s Warehouse building in Warrnambool’s Bayside City Plaza was transformed into a Christmas wonderland for Saturday’s fundraiser ball.

Leila Rose Foundation liaison officer Jacinta Roache said more than 350 people attended the Christmas-themed event.

“That was our aim, to get 350 people, and we got that really easily,” Ms Roache said.

The venue for the Rare White Christmas cocktail dinner was kept secret until Saturday morning, which organisers hoped would add another element of Christmas magic.

Ms Roache said there were a lot of corporate, work and social groups using the event to celebrate their end-of-year Christmas parties.

“People were really interested in a new way of celebrating their Christmas parties. It worked really well,” she said.

“They really liked the mystery and intrigue angle that we took by not announcing the venue until the last day.”

Ms Roache said transforming the building into a “magical white Christmas fairyland” required a “massive effort” from a lot of people.“We’ve had two scissor lifts in there for three weeks using them to cover the entire ceiling with netting and fairy lights,” she said.

“It was a massive job.”

The large space wasdecorated with 40 live Christmas trees. “They were all sold on the night and taken home,” Ms Roachesaid.“We wanted it to be a white Christmas, but there was just a little touch of pink here and therewhich is the colour that represents Leila Rose and thefoundation.”

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“The feedback was great. They had a great night. We had to kick everyone off the dance floor at the end of the night because they were still wanting to party,” Ms Roache said.It is hoped the black tie event, which also includeda silent auction,wouldcontinue to be held at differentsecret locations infuture years.

Ms Roache said the night also gave people a better understanding of what the foundation does.

“Over the last six months, the foundation has undergone substantial growth, we’ve grown more than 100 per cent in the last six months,” she said.

“Every cent that’s raised goes directly to supporting the families of children with rare cancers.”

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