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For the third consecutive year, the Dinner on the Runway by Ibis Mackay in support of Mackay Hospital Foundation will take place at Mackay Airport on Friday 8th September.

The event is unique in that it takes place on the tarmac adjacent to the ‘old terminal’ on Casey Avenue. Guests will dine under the stars while scheduled jets take-off and land only metres away.

Mackay Hospital Foundation General Manager, Kristi Algate said, “I’ve only had the pleasure of attending one of these events in the past but it’s a truly amazing and unique event to be a part of.

“I believe everyone should attend this event at least once in their lifetime; however, we’re extremely lucky to have sponsors and guests return each year for which we are extremely grateful.”

The event is hosted by Ibis Mackay with Mackay Hospital Foundation being the recipient of fundraising on the night. The Dinner on the Runway raised an incredible $89,000 for local hospitals last year and it’s on track to be another successful event in 2023.

Ibis Mackay General Manager, Adriette Meyer commented, “The Dinner on the Runway is growing in attendance numbers each year and this year is no exception. Ticket allocation has increased to 500 this year but prior to tickets being released for public sale, around 300 tickets had already been sold to sponsors and corporate donors.

“Our Chef, Tery Wekumbura, has catered for this event for the past two years and has planned another delicious 3-course meal again for our guests.”

During the evening, guests will have several opportunities to win cash when purchasing Lucky Numbers. There will also be Live and Silent auctions with opportunities to bid on Sleepmaker ensembles donated by Harvey Norman Bedding or perhaps you’ll be riding home on a mobility scooter which has been donated by Mackay Outdoor Power Centre.

Mango Junction will entertain, and guests can end the night with dancing and of course, some excellent prizes.

Tickets will be available for public sale from 8am on 29th July through the Mackay Tickets link.

Cost is $180 per person and includes a 3-course meal, as well as beer, wine and basic spirits.

What: Dinner on the Runway by Ibis Mackay

Where: Mackay Airport, Casey Avenue Mackay

When: Friday, 8th September 2023

Beneficiary: Mackay Hospital Foundation

Photo credit: Cherrie Hughes Photographer

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