WOW! Bendigo and Central Victoria, you have done it again.
This community has raised $87,000 (and still counting) for the Glass Slipper Ball fund - all of which will go towards projects and programs that provide services and support to children and young people at risk or affected by mental health issues, homelessness, or with limited access to education.
Mayor councillor Lisa Ruffell was so impressed with the idea of the Glass Slipper Ball and its focus, she named the event as the mayoral charity for 2013.
That is an extraordinary effort.
Yes, the 12 dancing couples played a big role in that - but the money came from you.
It is true that it takes a village to raise a child, and this community has a long history of wrapping its arms around our young people and giving them opportunity.
But perhaps the biggest thank you should go to three very special individuals - Community Foundation for Central Victoria executive director, Cheryl Hardie, and Don and Clare Wood of Trocadero Ballroom.
You were truly inspirational and this community is richer in many ways for your efforts.
Nicole Ferrie, deputy editor
You were truly inspirational and this community is richer in many ways for your efforts