Variety Bash team member Dean Rothapfel and Lakeside Village Tavern manager Mick Millett
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."
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