Thousands of dollars have been raised towards youth projects following the success of the Narrabri Industrial Network’s black-tie gala dinner on Saturday night.

The organisation has formed a partnership with the newly-formed Rotaract Club of Narrabri to work on projects relating to youth in the area. Narrabri Industrial Network president Justin Smith said the organisation was determined to support local youth in any way possible.

Mr Smith described the evening as a fantastic night.

A silent auction contributed to the fundraising success, with an estimated $4500 expected to be handed over to Rotaract.

The black-tie gala dinner has been in the pipeline for some years, however, has been delayed due to COVID.

The first gala event for the Narrabri Industrial Network, the committee hopes to stage the fundraising dinner annually.

Mr Smith said the industrial network was proud to partner with a youth organisation.

“As soon as the opportunity came up with Rotaract, we knew we had been waiting for something like this,” he said.

“If there is anything we can do to support our youth, we are more than happy to do it.

Mr Smith said it was an exciting time to be in the community and paid tribute to the network’s passionate members.

“We want to capture the most of the opportunities that the town has,” he said.

Guest-of-honour on the evening was Ali Davenport, chief executive officer of Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise.

Rotaract Club of Narrabri’s inaugural president Sam Werleman also addressed Saturday night’s gathering and spoke of the organisation’s purpose and values.

Mr Smith said the industrial network was looking forward to the ongoing partnership between the two organisations.

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