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The Emerald Ball by The Children's Hospital Westmead Sydney, 30th May 2009 Sydney
History of the Ball
The St Patrick's Day Charity Ball & Auction was first established in 1999 by a committee of dedicated individuals comprising of patients, staff, parents and friends of the hospital. Recently we changed the name to the Emerald Ball. The primary purpose of the event was to raise much needed funds for new treatments for children with Cerebral Palsy. There are three types of treatments that funds are raised for including Botulinum Toxin (Botox), Baclofen Pumps and Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR).
About The Emerald Ball
The cost of a ticket is $150 per person or $1500 for a table of ten. Inclusions of the ticket are a 3 course meal, all beverages and entertainment for the night. Please call Tess Assaad on 9845 2767 for further information.
The Patron and MC (since inception) of The Emerald Ball is Ms Sami Lukis. Sami has been a strong supporter and advocate for the department over the last 9 years and is the one of the key elements to the success of the event on the night. The popularity and success of the event continues to grow each year with appearances from Special Guests such as Sami Lukis, Jimmy Barnes, Kim Watkins, Ben Darwin, Adam Hills, Jeff Fenech, Lisa Ho, Danny Weidler, Jason Hodges, George Gregan, Luke Ricketson, Kate Waterhouse, Jane Fleming, Silverchair's Chris Joannou.
Some of the hottest acts in the country have performed at The Emerald Ball including Jimmy Barnes, Adam Hills, Brian Doyle, Ben Darwin, Jellybean Jam, Gary Eck, The Enormous Horns, Masterpiece, Rhythm on Tap, Tall Pop Syndrome, The John Field Band.
The trivia competition held on the night has been a key element to the success of the event. It is also a great initiative to raise money on the night and ensure all participants have some fun and laughs working out the correct answer. There are usually 3 rounds of trivia (5 questions per round) and each round is hosted by a different celebrity. All questions are displayed on the projector screen and read out loud by the celebrity. Each table has 15 secs to key in their answer via the electronic keypad on their table. Once all answers are keyed in, the correct answer to the questions is revealed. Fantastic prizes are given to the winning and table and runners up.
All raffles prizes on the night are kindly donated by sponsors of the event. This can include anything from holidays for two with return flights to dinner for two at some of Sydney's hottest restaurant. The cost of tickets are usually $5 each, $10 for 3 tickets or $20 for 7 tickets. Tickets can be purchased from 'Promo Girls' on the night and winner must be present in the room when tickets are drawn.
The Live Auction plays a vital role in how we raise funds on the night. An Auctioneer is presented on stage and he or she will conduct the Auction. All prizes list in the program have been kindly donated by our sponsors, hence all moneys raised from the auction is 'profit'. The successful bidder will be asked to fill out a form immediately after the hammer falls down on his or her bid and are able to collect their prize once payment has been processed.
The silent auction will be displayed in the foyer just outside the ballroom. Each bid sheet will have a brief description of the item, along with a starting bid and a minimum bid. When placing your bid, you will be required to disclose your name, table number, phone number and bid. Once the silent auction is closed, the winning names and final bids will be listed in the foyer. The successful bidders will be able to collect their prizes once payment has been received. If you are a successful bidder but have left the event prior to names being released, a staff member will contact you advising you of your prize.
Whilst there is a significant amount of people that do support the event and its cause who attend the ball, there are also a vast majority of people who are unable to make the event on the night for whatever reason. In this instance, you are still able to help The Rehab Department raise as much money as possible by making a donation either by cheque or credit card. All cheque payments should be made payable to 'The Rehabilitation Department' and sent to the following address;
Tess Assaad Events Manager - Rehab Dept
The Children's Hospital at Westmead
A tax deductible receipt will be sent to you upon receipt of your donation.