FROCKED UP: Community sector workers and sponsors of the 2012 Community Sector Ball and Awards Night. (Back row L-R): Brett Paradise Linda Mills, Julie Leete, Liina Fynn, Gillian Jones, Jenny Dowell, Vicki Findlay. Front Row: Emma Ross and Tracey Schofield.
FROCKED UP: Community sector workers and sponsors of the 2012 Community Sector Ball and Awards Night. (Back row L-R): Brett Paradise Linda Mills, Julie Leete, Liina Fynn, Gillian Jones, Jenny Dowell, Vicki Findlay. Front Row: Emma Ross and Tracey Schofield.

Pucker up for a Midsummer's night

'Awake the pert and nimble spirit of mirth,' - it's time to buy tickets for the 2012 Community Sector Ball and Awards Night, with the theme of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

The Community Sector Ball and Awards Night celebrates those who aren't always recognised for the valuable contribution they make to many people's lives - and it's also a wonderful chance for community sector workers to frock up and turn colleagues into more than just a voice on the other end of the phone.

Northern Rivers Social Development Council communications officer Liina Flynn said there was still time to nominate both volunteers and community sector employees for awards. (The closing date has been extended until this Friday, October 26).

NRSDC is looking for more nominations in the private sector partnership award, for businesses that aren't community service organisations but that assist people in need.

Last year's winner Carol Mclean, manager of Sisley's Motel in Lismore, was recognised for her work helping homeless young people.

"There are so many people who aren't necessarily community sector workers but who do an awful lot to help," Liina said.

"Think about all the amazing volunteers that you know putting in countless unpaid hours.

"This is a great opportunity to recognise everyone who puts their heart and soul into the important but poorly paid community sector."

The ball and awards night will be held from 6.30pm, November 10 at Byron Bay Community Centre. There will be a prize for the best dressed at the ball. Entertainment includes Soul'd, Kindling and Blackboi and comedian Mandy Nolan will host the awards ceremony.

Tickets are $35. For information, tickets or to nominate someone go to www.nrsdc.org.au/ball.


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