An employee at the Hurley Group’s Port Lincoln Hotel has been voted the most U.G.L.Y in Australia for 2015.

Jenny Hurley told PubTIC they are very proud.

“Peter and I are proud that Brad and the team at the Port Lincoln raised so much money!”

U.G.L.Y (Understanding, Generous, Likeable You) bartender of the year Brad Gunn raised more than $14,000 in aid of the Leukaemia Foundation, in an annual competition that sees bartenders around the country raise money in their venues, through unique and innovative events and opportunities, from car washes to quiz nights.

Gunn told PubTIC it would not have been possible without the support of the Hurley Group and patrons. Highlights included general manager Brooke Collier’s vow to shave her head at the $10,000 mark, and the special ‘Blue Tie’ dinner the hotel hosted at the end of October.

“The turnout for this event far exceeded my expectations; it generated the most funds out of all of our efforts,” said Gunn.

“Raising the most money in South Australia has highlighted the generosity of the people of Port Lincoln. The figure we managed to raise would not have been possible without the support of our locals, as well as our local business owners.

“We are very excited to accept this award on behalf of the Port Lincoln Hotel.”

Gunn has earned himself a $3,000 travel voucher, plus kitchen equipment to the value of $7,500 from sponsor (Hoshizaki) Lancer for the Hotel.

The Foundation’s community relationships coordinator Mikaela Sellen praised the work of industry, with $1.8 million raised nationally, including $300,000 by South Australian bartenders.

“Every 42 minutes, an Australian is diagnosed with blood cancer, and the impact can be greater for those living in regional areas.

“The Leukaemia Foundation gives [families] a place to call home during the months and sometimes years of treatment ahead.”

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