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Warrnambool Laneway Bar’s annual charity event boosts the F | The standard

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WARRNAMBOOL Laneway Bar’s annual charity event this weekend was a success, raising $6283 for Warrnambool art gallery The F Project. It was a welcome result for Laneway Bar founder Patrick O’Brien after weathering a tumultuous summer. “It’s a great total, we’re really happy with it because it means everyone was delighted to have the charity on board,” he said. “We were overwhelmed with the number of people who came to put money in the boxes and bought extra money.” The Friday night event saw 600 people walk through the doors to enjoy an evening of cocktails and live music. Eddy and the Exciters performed in the evening, backed by radio personality Alex Dyson and Lachie Milne on the DJ decks. Cocktail-mixing company Cloud Cuckoo Island also jumped on board, donating around $1,000 in drinks. Project F supports the practice of contemporary art, the development of local artists through professional development, and the creative exploration of social issues within the Southwest community. Harley Manifold, committee member and social media manager, said The F Project team were blown away by the outcome. “Project F is grateful to have been the beneficiary of the Laneway Bar fundraiser,” he said. “We were fortunate to be chosen by Paddy and his team and as such we are able to use the funds to improve the facilities to allow better use of the current spaces we have available.” The charity event has been running since 2013, with $42,000 given back to the community. Previous recipients include Warrnambool and District Food Share, Standing Tall, Let’s Talk, Leila Rose Foundation and Peter’s Project. “It’s about investing in our community,” Mr. O’Brien said. “It feels really good all these years to see the perks and familiar faces of the city involved in the bar. “I was filled with emotion from the perspective of the owner; it’s not just about making a profit, it’s about leaving a lasting impact. “The Warrnambool Laneway Bar opens every summer in the city’s CBD. This year has been one of the hardest to get through the Omicron outbreak. “It’s been temperamental with 200 per hundred capacity then down to half a few weeks. “There were a few hiccups in the middle but we finished well and I’m pretty happy with how it went. Being an outdoor venue we were lucky with a lot of COVID rules.” “When we started it was really difficult to put something like this in place because people were a bit reluctant to do something new, but the more we did it and built relationships, especially with other businesses, the easier it gets.” We have so much community support that it makes us want to invest bigger, better and bring new events and ideas to Warrnambool. ” The final summer bar night will kick off from 5 p.m., Friday, February 25.

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