Rotary Club of Bunbury Leschenault goes glitz and glam Gatsby for annual Op Shop Ball

Breanna RedheadBunbury Herald
2022 Op Shop Ball chair Doug Green and market and communications representative Claudia Besomi.
Camera Icon2022 Op Shop Ball chair Doug Green and market and communications representative Claudia Besomi. Credit: supplied

One man’s trash will be another man’s treasure for the Rotary Club of Bunbury Leschenault who are taking it back to the Roaring Twenties for this year’s annual Op Shop Ball.

The Gatsby-themed affair will take over the South West Italian Club on October 29, with 300 guests expected to attend in their best thrifted finds.

The event will feature themed tables, auctions, games and entertainment, and 50 per cent of funds raised on the night will go towards Camp Quality, with the remaining money set aside future Rotary projects.

Op Shop Ball marketing and communications representative Claudia Besomi said looked forward to giving the community an excuse to “frock up”.

“I love having a good time, it’s fun” she said.

“I think also coming out of COVID we can go and frock up and be among each other and I think the 20s were a bit of a revolutionary time, you weren’t allowed to smoke and drink, it was all in the hidden places.

“It just gives the ladies a chance to dress up and the boys to be the gangsters.”

The ball has been running since 1998, and Ms Besomi said she especially looked forward to this year’s event with the rising popularity of thrift culture.

“I think it’s actually become almost more fashionable again then it was for the past couple of years. . . it’ll be a great night and a great way to support the OP shops in the region,” she said.

Partygoers are encouraged to bring their own spreads, with kebabs and a licensed bar also available on the night.

Anyone interested in attending the Op Shop Ball is asked to contact the club via rotaryopshopball@gmail.com.

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