OzChild held their third Annual Gala Ball at the International of Brighton on Saturday which was emceed by Claire Hooper, and succeeded in raising over $74,000 on the night to support children in out of home care and in disadvantaged families.
A major contributor to the money raised came from the Ball’s live auction, which saw major prizes being sold off to the highest bidder, donated from OzChild’s long-term supporters Windsor Management Insurance Brokers, Booran Holden and Jasco Consulting.
This year’s Gala Ball was the third held by OzChild and themed “Black and White with a Hint of Orange” to commemorate the work of the OzChild orange logo in supporting and caring for children and families across Victoria.
The glamourous fundraiser was held in the luxurious grounds of the International of Brighton, in which guests dined and danced to live music from The Baker Boys. To push the fundraising further, many generous suppliers also donated a wide range of prizes for the silent auction and raffle.
This event couldn’t have occurred without the efforts of so many from OzChild, including hosting from Chief Executive Officer Lisa J. Griffiths, preparation by OzChild staff and volunteers, an inspiring presentation from our long-term foster carers Glenda and Paul Quinn and support from the OzChild Board of Directors, including Sally Leake, Angela Williams, Stephen Fontana, Michael Wooten, Catherine Dunlop and President Helen Maxwell-Wright, who also helped the volunteer committee in planning the event.
“The Gala provides important additional funds for vulnerable children and young people,” said Board President, Helen Maxwell-Wright. “And it also provides a wonderful opportunity to recognise the work our carers do in front of an audience that includes many important supporters, donors and friends of OzChild.”
All profits from the event go directly to support services that nurture, protect and heal children and young people in out of home care, children with disabilities and children in families at risk of breaking down.