Owner of Hunt Hospitality, Stephen Hunt and his staff at hunter hotels Lakeside Village Tavern, The Kent, The Duke of Wellington, and Seabreeze Hotel are together aiming to raise $100,000 for the 2019 Australian Hotels Association, NSW Variety Bash.
While the Australian Hotels Association - Newcastle Hunter is the naming rights sponsor of the event every year, members like Stephen also lend independent support to the event.
Hunt Hospitality has been a supporter of the Variety Bash since 2008, and a number of venues are already hosting fundraisers for the 2019 event, such as Lakeside Village Tavern at Raymond Terrace.
"So far we have been running a number of fundraising events including wine tasting days, beer tasting events and weekly raffles to start the ball rolling and have a goal for this hotel to contribute $10,000 to the overall goal of $100,000," hotel manager Mick Millett said.
"At the moment we have a raffle running to win a large bar fridge filled with almost 200 beers. Tickets are $2 and it will be drawn on Australia Day with all proceeds going to the Variety Bash.
"Sometimes hotels get a bad rap, but this is another example of venues being the first ones to jump in and help out a cause or community initiative that really makes a difference."
In 2019, Hunt Hospitality will lend it's support to car 525 and the team managed by Dean Rothapfel.
"For the past 11 years Stephen has been a great supporter and sponsor for our team and we look forward to having his support again this year.
"Variety is a wonderful initiative and as a father I can see how important it is to lend a hand to children and communities in need of some assistance. Stephen makes that possible for us to do year after year and he has always been incredibly generous."