There were certainly plenty of special moments to treasure at the QLD Gala Reward Event held at Living Choice Twin Waters on 19th July.

First cousins Ron Shoemark of Living Choice Kawana Island and Bruce Shoemark of Twin Waters meeting up after 50 years (this deserves to be the subject of a separate article!); referrer Joan Howse of Twin Waters finally catching up with Ross and Bonnie Hobbs, the couple she referred to Kawana Island after meeting them on a cruise several years ago; and the big announcement of the winner of the $5,000 travel voucher – Kawana Island residents, Barry and Denise Vassella.

There were cheers all round for the popular couple with the loudest cheer coming from the person they referred, Dagnija McAuliffe, who moved into Twin Waters in October 2016.

Denise and Dagnija worked together at the University of Queensland for 11 years. Denise left in 1988, when Barry was appointed as the Golf Professional at Mackay Golf Club, but her friendship with Dagnija continued. When Dagnija retired, Denise suggested she consider a Living Choice village and she is happily settled in her beautiful villa.

The annual QLD Gala Reward Event is a highlight on Living Choice’s marketing calendar and this year’s event set a new benchmark, with spectacular décor by talented resident, Robert Airs and fabulous entertainment by former Senior Superstar winner, Dave Stygall. The food and wine flowed and the referrers, those they referred and our valued Resident Ambassadors all greatly enjoyed the festive event.

In his presentation, Tim Bentley, GM QLD & Central Coast, highlighted the importance of referrals and thanked the referrers and ambassadors for their support. Special thanks to the resident helpers, Thelma Richardson, Dorothy Blythe, Robert Airs, Sandy Ferguson, Marie Christensen, Janice Olley, Ian Lawson and Graeme Lavender.

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