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Mice Net : December 2008
Charity Event of the Year – runner up Hunter Medical Research Institute – Karen Brown – The Bella – 2007 HMRI Ball The HMRI Special Events committee took great pride in planning the prestigious 2007 HMRI Annual Ball ‘Bella’ with an array of proceedings designed to ensure the ball was once again ‘the’ event of the year. Not only is the Annual Ball a date for the social calendar but it is also HMRI’s major fundraising venture of the year. The objective for the event was to hold the region’s ‘premier’ event whilst simultaneously raising significant funds for medical research. It was held in June 2007 at the Honeysuckle Boiler Shop in Newcastle for the individuals and companies in the region and 520 guests attended the Bella Ball with several people also on the waiting list. The Bella Ball was also to have a theme portraying utmost style, grace and elegance with simplicity; to be an important event that gave supporters an opportunity to network and have a great time with peers, and to raise funds for HMRI’s annual grants round. The Honeysuckle’s Boiler Shop was transformed into an opulent Italian locale with black velvet, elegant artwork, mirrors and gold and leopard skin trimmings to set the scene. As the beautifully dressed guests entered, there were many surprises for them including three singing waiters, human statues and the chance to dance the night away to the Enormous Horns. $88,000 was raised for HMRI’s annual grants round. Style, grace and elegance was the theme. Festival Event of the Year – runner up Frankston City Council – Kylie Wood – Frankston Christmas Festival of Lights The city of Frankston celebrated the 10th Annual Frankston Christmas Festival of Lights proudly presented by Cadbury. With the inclusion of such a major sponsor and also a re-vamp of the old event design and light and sound show, the event attracted approximately 25,000 residents and visitors to Frankston on the night of November 24, 2007. Organised by Frankston City Council the event had the following objectives: • Create a sense of social cohesion and community pride which engages a range of community groups, individuals and local businesses; • Launch the festive season; • Make the event accessible and culturally diverse; • Showcase the great attributes of Frankston City and the wonderful spirit of the community; • Offer an array of affordable activities; • Provide entertainment for all ages which, together, form the foundations for a fun, family event! Festival management worked with community groups, the Brotherhood of St Laurence (the event’s official charity), St Luke’s Church group and Gateway Promotions, external contractors and other council departments to deliver an event which not only promoted social cohesion and embraced the spirit of the community through volunteer involvement but one that was environmentally and logistically sound. Teamwork paid off in Frankston. mice.net 47