Starry Starry Night guests dug deep to raise more than $1 million to support The Alannah and Madeline Foundation at the Foundation's 16th annual gala fundraising ball at Palladium at Crown on Saturday 23 November.
More than 1,000 guests, including Chairman John Bertrand AM, Founding Patron Walter Mikac and some of Australia's biggest names in television, sport and entertainment came together for an evening of swing music and big band glamour to support The Alannah and Madeline Foundation's work keeping children safe from violence and bullying.
The evening was hosted by Channel 7's Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies, who also opened the night with an entertaining rendition of Sway, while many other celebrities stepped out of their comfort zone to perform on the Gatsby-themed stage.
Highlights from the night included:
Host Larry Emdur said he thoroughly enjoyed co-hosting the night.
"Kylie and I have loved being a part of such a wonderful evening. It's a remarkable event, with fantastic entertainment, complemented by the generosity of the guests, who dig so deep to support the incredible work of The Alannah and Madeline Foundation," Larry Emdur said.
The Alannah and Madeline Foundation's CEO, Dr Judith Slocombe, was delighted with the fundraising result.
"It's been an amazing night. We are absolutely thrilled with the generosity of everyone who attended and supported this year's Starry Starry Night. The funds raised will go towards our valuable programs that help to keep children across Australia safe from violence and bullying," Dr Slocombe said.
The Alannah and Madeline Foundation is a national charity focusing on protecting children from violence and creating behaviour change in the community to reduce bullying and cyberbullying. Starry Starry Night is the Foundation's major fundraising event.
The Foundation was set up in memory of Alannah and Madeline Mikac, aged six and three, who were tragically killed with their mother and 32 others at Port Arthur, Tasmania, on 28 April 1996.
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Congratulations to our Starry Starry Night raffle winners:
First prize (Bali Villa double) - Ticket number 12753, Tania Bushby
Second prize (Private chef experience for eight guests) - Ticket number 11412, Sally Burns
Third prize (Diamond earrings) - ticket number 12753, Cathy