Residents strip down to raise funds

Penola’s (Almost) Full Monty event was a huge success, raising $10,000 for the Penola/Coonawarra Wellbeing Sub-Fund on behalf of the Stand Like Stone foundation.

Event Organiser Kate Palm said more than 100 people gathered at the Penola Sports Club to see some of their local boys almost bare it all for a great cause. “Penola’s a really supportive community,” Ms Palm said. “When someone holds an event or anything that’s charitable, the whole community always gets around it, they’re such generous and supportive people.”

The local line up of brave participants included Jack Gartner, Tony Gleeson, Tony Porter, Phil Lambert, Matt Honner, Ashley Braun, Shannon Fullerton and Dan Redman. Ms Palm said there was a lot of excitement and the crowd went wild when the boys danced. “I could not have been happier,” Ms Palm said. “The boys really enjoyed it too, well, they looked like they did; that was really important to me they also had fun. “It was exactly the response we were hoping for.”

There were plenty of items up for grabs at the live and silent auctions, including $2000 worth of hay, AFL Hospitality tickets worth $800, a full day winery tour, personal training sessions, wine and dinner vouchers, accommodation vouchers and more. “People were so incredibly generous when asked to donate, it was honestly quite overwhelming,” Ms Palm said.

Ms Palm said everyone was looking forward to a good night out after a tough year without community events due to COVID-19. “The response from the event has been nothing but positive and everyone had a sensational night,” she said. “These things cannot happen without the support of a really important group of people behind me who helped make it all happen.

“The amount of work they all put in was nothing short of amazing; the support and the generosity of the Penola Coonawarra community was just unbelievable and I am truly grateful for everything.”

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