This year’s key fundraiser for Women’s Refuge is The Cocktail Lounge, a 1950s-style party with cocktails, retro-styled food and 1950s entertainment, on November 4 at Heritage House.

“We’re aiming to raise $30,000 from this event,” Women’s Refuge Whanganui chairwoman Paula Wade said.

“It will be a smaller, relaxed event with a lounge vibe and tickets are limited to 160 guests. Tickets are already selling extremely well so people will need to get in fast.”

Funds from The Cocktail Lounge will go toward bigger premises for the refuge, which is stretched by increasing client numbers and increasingly complex client needs, as well as continuing the refuge’s work with clients.

“Funding will help Women’s Refuge Whanganui assist women and children to build lives that flourish and are free from violence,” Ms Wade said.

Tickets for The Cocktail Lounge can be ordered via 


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