U.G.L.Y. Bartender wins Women Out West award for fundraising efforts

An U.G.L.Y. Bartender entrant from Dubbo who did a beaut job raising money for charity has received a new accolade.

Carissa Hutton was presented with the Women Out West (WOW) Award for Outstanding Woman Employee - uplifting the spirit.

Ms Hutton was one of seven finalists in the category, receiving the honour at a gala presentation evening on Saturday night.

The award recognises “a woman who makes significant positive contributions to her work environment, uplifting the spirit of her colleagues, and the people she serves, through her initiative, dedication, and ‘can-do’ attitude”.

Ms Hutton recently took part in the U.G.L.Y. - ‘understanding generous likeable you’ - campaign in support of the Leukaemia Foundation.

She came third in Australia, raising more than $25,000 for the organisation, her award citation said.

As part of the effort Ms Hutton raised the equivalent of 304 nights of accommodation for rural families.

She organised events and countless days off from work were spent walking the city’s centre for fundraising.

“Carissa’s inspirational attitude and great sense of humour makes her workplace an even more inviting place to work,” the citation said.

“Carissa takes initiative and goes above and beyond her duties often.

“Carissa never complains when she is needed to come in early or stay later.”

The Milestone Hotel employee always has a positive attitude that is infectious - with both staff and customers alike, the citation says.

She can turn an evening into one full of interest and optimism, it says.

Linda Christof received a highly commended award in the same category.

The well-respected manager of Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre’s “genuine passion for the arts” is a love she wants to share with the Dubbo community and beyond, her award citation says.

Ms Christof was in attendance at Saturday’s gala presentation to receive her award.

Women Out West president Jan Grady said a big feature of the night was that people learnt about so many women they had no idea about.

Australian journalist and television presenter Sandra Sully was the “perfect pick” for MC, Ms Grady said.

The theme for 2016 was ‘Broadway’.