Guests dug deep to raise $800,000 to support The Alannah and Madeline Foundation at the 17th annual Starry Starry Night ball at Palladium at Crown on Saturday 22 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 colour and 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 Daniel MacPherson and Edwina Bartholomew, who kicked off the celebrations with a Sammy Davis Jnr inspired opening number, before welcoming UK teen duo Bars & Melody to the stage.
Special guests of the Alannah and Madeline Foundation, Bars & Melody found fame on Britain's Got Talent earlier in 2014 - their audition clip has had over 55 million YouTube views alone! Bars & Melody brought their anti-bullying message to the Starry Starry Night stage with a performance of their hit single ‘Hopeful', written from band member Leondre's own experience with bullying.
An array of celebrities stepped out of their comfort zone to bring the ‘Live in Colour' theme to life in support of the Foundation, with performance highlights including:
Host Daniel MacPherson thoroughly enjoyed co-hosting the night, he said, "I'm so proud to be have been involved with The Alannah and Madeline Foundation's annual Starry Starry Night ball. The performances were fantastic and raising money for such important work is incredibly rewarding."
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 Paspaley core values are based on a foundation of all that is precious to any family - our kids, and the environment in which they can flourish. We all have a responsibility to make this world a better place, and supporting the Alannah and Madeline Foundation is just a small step in us trying to make a difference"
|We used our Twitter account to post event updates in the lead up to Starry Starry Night and at the event. To join the Starry Starry Night Twitter conversation, follow @alannahmadeline and use the hashtag #starry14.|
The winners of the 2014 Starry Starry Night raffle prizes are Dina Fitzgerald (Paspaley Australian South Sea pearl strand) and Cheryl Di Florio (Paspaley Pearl farm experience).