THE family of Sebastopol Football Netball Club stalwart Maree Hutt has thanked the Ballarat community for its overwhelming generosity.
The Maree Hutt Family Education Fundraiser held earlier this month raised about $35,000 for an education trust fund for Mrs Hutt’s three children, Toby, 17, Ben, 14 and Libby, 10.
Mrs Hutt died from cancer three months ago, aged 45.
Her husband Mick said yesterday he was humbled by the support and proud his wife inspired such generosity.
“The general Ballarat community has just been amazing,” Mr Hutt said.
“I’ve been blown away by the support we’ve had, continuing through to the fundraiser.
“It certainly helps us so much. I do have a bit of pride that Maree and our family have been so well accepted by the community.”
More than 400 people attended a fundraiser movie night followed by a silent auction on October 4, with the venues donated by the Regent Cinema and Jacksons & Co.
Auction items included signed Gary Ablett and Joel Selwood football jumpers, signed Hawthorn, Carlton, Geelong and Sydney team jumpers, a table for six at the Emirates Stakes and a $1000 travel voucher.
“There were quite a number of people there I didn’t know but they were just there supporting us,” Mr Hutt said.
“It gives the kids a bit of satisfaction that their mum was so loved.”
Mr Hutt also wanted to thank fundraiser organisers Janine and John Lyon, Tracey Holmes and Gavin James, along with King Print, who printed all the tickets for free, and Crawford’s Pharmacy, Mrs Hutt’s former workplace.