Businesses get behind gala ball for Jack Ogilvie

Businesses have been quick to support a black-tie ball to help Hume councillor Jack Ogilvie recover from a severe stroke.

More than $11,000 in goods and services have been donated since a committee began planning the event, hoping to raise $100,000 for home modifications and equipment, including a motorised wheelchair.

Cr Ogilvie, 68, was paralysed on one side after suffering a stroke on July 6. The long-time councillor was organising a community event when the stroke happened. Doctors are said to be amazed by the initial recovery of Cr Ogilvie, who many years ago beat a cancer that was considered terminal.

Cr Ogilvie remains in hospital and faces months of extensive rehabilitation.

Committee spokesman Adam Mizzi said offers had flooded in.

Major corporates, including Swisse Vitamins, which has offered a week-long stay valued at $5000 at a holiday house, have jumped on board. Eales Racing has donated two VIP passes to the spring carnival and will bring the Melbourne Cup to the ball, which will include a three-course meal and auction.

Mr Mizzi urged people to rally behind the man he calls ‘King Jack’. ‘‘Not everyone has always agreed with him, but he’s dedicated his whole life to the community,’’ Mr Mizzi said.

The ball is at Pitruzzello Estate on October 17. More details: 9740 8999 or click here