More than $12,000 was raised at the launch of the Christmas in The Hills on Monday night.
The crowd at Pandora’s Restaurant, Rouse Hill, placed bids for a weekend package at the Novotel Norwest; a Midnight Oil memorabilia package courtesy of Sony Music; items donated by Frank de Masi of Kellyville and Dural post offices; and a Gold Class experience, thanks to Event Cinemas Castle Hill.
People also bought keys to try their luck at opening the box to a $3000 diamond necklace, courtesy of House of Fraser.
Money raised will go toward putting on Christmas in The Hills on December 17 at Bella Vista Farm.
The event raises funds for three Hills children’s charities: Lifestart and Woodbury at Baulkham Hills and Tallowood School in Kellyville, which provides early childhood intervention and school-aged services to children with additional needs.
Pandora's owner Alfredo Gualterio donated his restaurant for the launch.
Hills-based Sister2Sister School of Singing performed at the launch, including female trio AMPlify.