6’th G&G exceeds all expectations

GEORGE (August 2014) – The 6th annual Gourmets and Gourmands supported by Hartmans on behalf of Carpe Diem School took place at Carpe Diem School on 23 August 2014.  And what and event it was! Each year guests are awestruck by the effort the school and its personnel put in to make this much anticipated annual event even better than the previous year.  Headmaster Karools Hauptfleisch, the Emperor at this year’s Antiqua Roma-themed spectacle, truly made the community of George proud to be a part of this fun filled fundraising event.

Francois Ferreira, Anne Hadley, Mada Meyer, Agnes Meyer, Michel Nunes (borg), Andries Hartman (borg), Susan Pretorius, mimi finestone, Karools Hauptfleisch
Francois Ferreira, Anne Hadley, Mada Meyer, Agnes Meyer, Michel Nunes (borg), Andries Hartman (borg), Susan Pretorius, mimi finestone, Karools Hauptfleisch

19 Restaurants served sumptuous dishes to the somewhat 200 guests and it was clear that no expense was spared.  Each year these restaurants generously contribute to the evening and this year they passionately embraced the ancient roman theme…even going so far as to decorate a table with 2 whole pig heads! Waiters efficiently served guests and no request was too much trouble.  Delectable wines were served by each restaurant and only the best vineyards were stocked.  Upon arrival guests were served cocktails and what Italian themed evening would be complete without good coffee, sponsored by Lavazza and Beans About Coffee.  Tenor Kevin Leo started the evening off with remarkable song and captivated the audience with Italian Classics, Elvis Presley and of course Gé Korsten. By the end of the night most women were swooning over the charming entertainer.

Prime sponsor Hartman & Sons Butchery made the event possible for the third year running.  Raffaele D’Amato Jewellers generously donated a specially designed necklace befitting an empress and the bid for this masterpiece was closed on a staggering R65 000 on a local restaurateur and passionate Italian.  Professional auctioneer Frederick Bekker, a new addition to the Gourmets & Gourmands team, certainly made the evening most entertaining by engaging the guests in the auction process.  There were no shortage of clever anecdotes and Bekker had patrons in stitches when he enticed a bidder on the Zambezi Queen African Experience to ‘up’ her bid to R56 000…with a kiss!  Guests wholeheartedly took part in the auction fun and a staggering amount of R260 000 was raised. This year’s funds will be allocated to the school’s IT classes to upgrade computer programmes and hardware.

It was evident just by looking at the faces of guests as they were departing after this joyous evening, they were happy, content.  One cannot help but wonder if the biggest gifts of the evening weren’t the artwork of the children of Carpe Diem which accompanies each of the luxurious lots…the pottery, paintings and mosaic…lovingly made by these proud scholars.  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe asked and answered this poignant question

Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though t’were his own.

Please contact the Emperor Karools Hauptfleisch – Headmaster on 044 874 4074 or email carpekarools@telkomsa.net if you need more information on the event.  Follow Carpe Diem School on Facebook at Carpe Diem School.

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The annual Gourmets and Gourmands event has become a much loved institution in the Southern Cape and Karoo and hundreds of thousands of rands have been raised over the past 5 years with which only the best resources are acquired for the 282 special needs learners of Carpe Diem School.  These children come from all over the Southern Cape (Riversdale, Albertinia, Mosselbaai, Hartenbos, Little Brak River, Great Brak River, George, Hoekwil, Sedgefield, Karatara, Knysna, Plettenbergbaai, and the Cragg’s) and benefit greatly from donations and fund raising events such as these. 

Carpe Diem School – www.carpediemskool.co.za

Hartman & Sons Butchery – www.hartmanbutchery.co.za

Raffaele D’Amato Jewellers – www.damato.co.za

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