National UGLY Bartender of the Year named

Carina Leagues Club’s Katherine Ward has been crowned the Leukaemia Foundation’s U.G.L.Y Bartender of the Year after her fundraising activities raised $35,360.

Celebrating its tenth year, this year’s U.G.L.Y Bartender of the Year award saw more than 1500 bartenders participate and complete for the title of “U.G.L.Y.” (‘Understanding, Generous, Likeable, You’) Bartender of the Year.

“I’m so excited. Thank you to everyone in the local community who got behind the campaign to support a great cause and ultimately people affected with blood cancer,” Ward said.

“The Leukaemia Foundation helps by providing a home-away-from-home close to treatment, taking this added stress of families away,” said Bill Petch, Leukaemia Foundation CEO

“The sheer ambition of Katherine who went above and beyond to support those living with blood cancer cannot go by without being acknowledged. On behalf of the Foundation and those who will be supported as a result of the fundraising efforts of Katherine thank you.

“We sincerely thank all the bartenders who have helped to raise almost $1.5 million across Australia. This is equivalent to 18,750 nights of accommodation for regional families during their treatment in the city. An incredible outcome all round.” he added.

This year’s prizes per state include a $3000 Flight Centre gift card, Hoshizaki Ice Machine, or Lancer Beverage System products and services, to the value of $7500 and an U.G.L.Y. winner’s trophy.

Hoshizaki Lancer is a world leader in Draught Beer, Soft Drink, Frozen Beverage Dispense systems, Ice Machines and Professional Food Service Refrigeration units. Their expertise and extensive product range in both beverage and food service makes them the Number 1 choice for all hospitality fit-outs, covering the world’s biggest stadiums and entertainment venues, leading pubs and clubs, through to quick service restaurants (QSR) and convenience stores.

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