Paul McAlpine from Peet Limited, Variety QLD CEO Les Riley, Greta and Troy Tenheggeler from Tenheggeler homes.
Paul McAlpine from Peet Limited, Variety QLD CEO Les Riley, Greta and Troy Tenheggeler from Tenheggeler homes. Tom Huntley

Cocktail party celebrates completion of charity house

JOY and laughter filled the completed Peet Charity House as sponsors and dignitaries packed the house for the VIP cocktail party at Vantage Estate on Thursday night.

The house itself was lit up beautifully and excited chatter filled the rooms as guests celebrated the completed project.

All prepared for auction on Saturday, the skillfully designed house will be open from 10am with the auction starting at 11am.

The idea for the charity house originally came from former Gladstone councilor Leanne Buchholz.

Ms Buchholz managed to run with the dream, with the much-needed help of Variety Queensland.

Tenheggeler Homes jumped on board, with a number of sponsors, to build the charity house.

Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers was there on the night, amongst a crowd of generous local sponsors and said it was there at the house from the first turn of sod.

"I admire the work Leanne, Carly and the community put in. It takes a community to raise a child," she said during her speech.

Variety Queensland regional events coordinator Kelly Hetherington said it had been a great turn out.

Charity House committee member Madeleine Blake said of a lot of the major sponsors turned up.

I admire the work Leanne, Carly and the community put in. It takes a community to raise a child

Tenheggeler Homes managing director Troy Tenheggeler said hopefully there would be a good crowd of people at the auction.

"People who are willing to fulfill the destiny of the Charity House," he said.

"Someone to take it from a house to a home."

RE/MAX Gold auctioneer Jeff Williams, who will be conducting the auction, said he was nervous.

"After all these auctions, this one's pretty important," he explained. "We are expecting very big things.

"I was looking at the list of sponsors earlier and thought just how generous Gladstone is."

Exodus Tutorial Centre founder Chris Tanner was astounded with the generosity of the huge project.

He said the capacity of Tenheggeler Homes to get it happening was amazing.

"It gives us the opportunity to make us better known in the community and we also need the money."

"It's an extraordinary project."

Proceeds will go to four charities - Variety Queensland, Gladstone Exodus Tutorial Centre, Roseberry Community Services and Gladstone Chaplaincy.