Museum fundraiser to re-build following devastating fire
TO RECOVER from the fire that gutted part of the Hervey Bay Historical Village and destroyed irreplaceable items, a community fundraiser has been organised.
Made possible by Fraser Coast Citizen of the Year Warren Persal, a fundraising night will be held at the Beach House Hotel on February 26.
About 6.30pm on December 1 last year fire engulfed about 40m of display sheds, ripping through antique materials and a 1934 Ford Tip Truck.
Historical village president John Andersen said the night would raise needed funds for the museum to recover and be "bigger, better and brighter than ever".
"It will be a great night for all to come along and help us get back on our feet," he said.
"Included in the admission is free drinks, a meal and charity auction."
Lez Geissler owned the 1934 Ford for 23 years before donating it to the village.
It took Mr Geissler and a team about five years to strip and paint the worn truck before it was destroyed in the fire.
"It was a disaster," Mr Geissler said.
Still recovering from the first restoration, Mr Geissler is not sure whether he will be involved in the second one.
For the fundraiser, people who come dressed in clothes purchased from a Fraser Coast charity store have a chance to win best dressed, as long as they donate their clothes back to the store.
All proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards the re-building of the village .
Tickets are $100 per person and will include a two-course dinner and a drinks package.
For more information or to book phone 4196 9366.