Mansfield House was positively roaring on Saturday night for a Great Gatsby themed fundraiser in support of two Hunter charities.
The historic house hosted about 70 people for the fundraising bash, which supported the Umbrella Foundation and the Centre For Hope.
The Umbrella Foundation, founded by Maitland’s Linda Harwood, is a children’s charity that works to relieve the impact of trafficking and poverty in Nepal.
Centre for Hope is a Newcastle charity that empowers disadvantaged Australian youth to respect themselves and engage with their community.
Event organiser Tracey Wilkinson said while she hoped for more attendees, it was a lovely night with many people digging deep to support the cause.
A highlight of the evening was the attendance of Brenton Prince, who played the head guard in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby.
As a fun way to raise money, Maitland Repertory Theatre actors took Mr Prince hostage, while cigarette girls collected cash from the audience to pay for his release.