Once again Whitehaven Wine Company was proud to support the Stars in Your Eyes show at the Marlborough Convention Centre on Firday 8th of June. The annual event is organised by the Spring Creek District Lions Club, and is a fundraiser for Marlborough youth and charities chosen by the contestants. At the cabaret-style event, nine artists performed in the guise of their chosen stars while 330 guests dined in style with matching wine from Whitehaven.
Despite an entertaining performance as Miss Piggy, Letitia Moseley, 17, was not among the winners. Her chosen charity was Cody Heslop who suffers from a rare degenerative condition requiring expensive non-funded experimental drugs to be imported from the USA. Letitia was devasted that her efforts were not good enough to help such an amazing cause.
Sue White from Whitehaven Wine Company was also moved by Cody's story and decided that Whitehaven would extend its sponsorship of the event by donating a further $250 to Cody. And just to be fair, Whitehaven also donated a further $250 to each of the organisations represented by the singers who did not win one of the three placing which attracted prize money for thier charities.
This year's winners were Marlborough Boys' College students Max Bicknell, Michael Rufell, Piers Dashfield and Hadley Anderson. Performing as Il Divo their seductive stage presence was rewarded with first prize of $1,000 going to their charity of choice, the Marlborough branch of Plunket.
Thirteen-year-old Phoebe Leov claimed second place for her rendition of the Colbie Caillat number, Bubbly. Phoebe chose the Marlborough branch of Child Epilepsy New Zealand as her charity, after her cousin died from the condition last year.