Sprigs and jerseys will be swapped for suits and jewels when the Omihi Hall hosts its first Winter Ball since it was officially opened last year.
The Hall which, is most commonly used as the Glenmark Rugby Clubrooms, was completely rebuilt after the original building was destroyed by fire in 2015.
Maree Lucas, organiser of the Winter Ball and principal of Omihi School, said the club used to host an annual ball, and now they are looking to reinstate some of those traditions.
“We really wanted to create something for the community, to bring people together and have a fun night out.
“Although it’s mainly used by the Glenmark Rugby Club, the hall is an asset to our whole community and events like this help us fundraise for additional upgrades and also offset the operational costs.”
Lucas said there will be a chance during the night for people to bid at a silent auction and purchase mystery envelopes.
She said the funds raised would go towards purchasing a sound system and acoustic panels.
The Ball will be held on Saturday the 17th of August, almost four years to the day of the fire.
More than 90 years of history, was housed in the building when it went up in flames on the 28th of August 2015.
A number of All Blacks have played for the club over the years, including Grizz Wyllie, Robbie and Bruce Deans, Todd Blackadder, Andy Earl and Craig Green.
Rugby jerseys and memorabilia donated by some of those players, along with club trophies, awards and photos were all destroyed in the blaze.
The hall wasn’t open in time for the Glenmark-Cheviot division one side to celebrate their 2018 win over Saracens in the Luisetti Seeds North Canterbury rugby final.
Although they were able to hold their annual club dinner there last year.
This year Glenmark-Cheviot successfully defended their title and after the game coach Matt Keane said his side was looking forward to celebrating back at the clubrooms.
“It’s brilliant to have it back. This year we put on a bus and we are all looking forward to going back to the club and celebrating as a team with our families and supporters,” Keane said after the final.
Lucas said there is plenty of excitement planned for the night including a live band, grazing station and a gin wall. She said a number of local businesses have got behind the event donating prizes for the mystery envelopes.
“It will be a great night. We are really looking forward to reinstating this glamorous tradition in our hall, for our whole community.”
Tickets to the ball are still available from iticket.co.nz.