Cheers to charity!

Event organisers John McGreal and Michelle Scott (right) with the team at Circa 1884 and the oil painting donated by artist Lisandra Aralica. Pic: SUPPLIED

A glamorous night out is always a fun time, especially when it’s all in the name of a good cause!

People from across Berwick came together at the Circa 1884 cocktail bar on Sunday 2 May, to raise their glasses and some much-needed funds for charity.

The ‘Cocktail Masquerade’ event saw 50 ticket-holders raise over $5,000 for the John Mc Foundation, which helps support local soup kitchens and food vans throughout the area.

Michelle Scott, one of the organisers of the event, said that it had been a fantastic night and it was great to see all their efforts pay off.

“It went really well,” Ms Scott said.

“There was a lot of lead up and we were extremely busy beforehand, but we managed to pull it all together and everyone had a great time.”

Ms Scott wanted to thank everyone involved in making the night such a huge success, including Circa 1884 for hosting the event and everyone who came along and donated money in the raffles and auctions.

“A huge thank you to Berwick Circa 1884 for holding the ‘Cocktail Masquerade’ event for 2021, and thank you to all the 50 ticket holders that helped raise over $5000 for the John Mc Foundation,” she said.

“We would also like to thank all of our sponsors – we couldn’t have done it without their generous donations!”

The night’s sponsors included Decor Additions Cranbourne West, Marnong Estate Accommodation Mickleham, Mercedes-Benz Berwick, Perfect Pleasures Rosebud and Aqipa Australia.

“Also a big thanks to our local artist Lisandra Aralica who volunteered over 100 hours to complete the spectacular oil painting,” Ms Scott said.

“This beautiful artwork was purchased by our hosting venue ‘Circa’ to help raise money for the foundation and now for all to enjoy.”

John McGreal from the John Mc Foundation said that the money raised on the night would be going towards a range of local soup kitchens and food vans including Transit, The Blessed Collective food support and the Vinnies food van – and he thanked Ms Scott for all her help in organising the event.

For more information about the work that the foundation does, visit