The Starlight Children’s Foundation held its annual Star Ball Sydney in 2015 with a masquerade- themed event at The Star Event Centre. The event was managed by the Starlight Children’s Foundation, and featured The Star as the official naming rights sponsor. The night raised much-needed funds to grant wishes to seriously ill children and their familes through the Starlight Wishgranting program.
Held for the third time at The Star Event Centre, Star Ball Sydney treated more than 560 of Australia’s leading personalities from business, sport and entertainment to a great night of live entertainment, active fundraising and mouth-watering food – for an overall experience that reportedly exceeded all expectations.
The event began with a VIP cocktail party in the Event Centre foyer, which flowed into pre-dinner drinks where exclusive champagne bars served chilled Piper Heidsieck Brut NV and wait staff served a variety of premium Robert Oatley wines and craft beers.
The 56 tables in the Event Centre were laid out in a banquet setting with the theming by Merchandise Solutions and Events by Nadia exuding style and elegance.
The Master of Ceremonies, David Campbell, led the event, keeping excitement levels high and inspiring a competitive auction atmosphere.
The Starlight Children’s Foundation invited celebrity auctioneer and the winner of the television series The Apprentice Australia, Andrew Morello, to rally the audience and build auction fever for exclusive products and experiences on offer, including: a Luke Mangan cooking class, Deb Dickson painting, a Chairman’s lunch, aSydney Swans match, and more.
The Event Centre’s chefs impressed guests with a delicious three-course meal consisting of crispy free range Otway pork belly dumplings for entrée, a roast rack of Riverina lamb with porcini mushroom risotto or grilled Atlantic salmon as alternate mains, and vanilla pannacotta for dessert.
Throughout the night, the audience was treated to performances from a selection of Australia’s leading talent including young artists Paris Morgan (Australia’s Got Talent 2013) and Ky Baldwin (The Voice 2014), while Superstitious filled the dance floor.
The event achieved it target of raising enough money to grant 62 wishes for terminally ill children.
A red carpet entry into the Event Centre allowed the host of A-listers to be snapped by paparazzi, and raise awareness for the cause, before entering the Event Centre.
The Starlight Children’s Foundation’s key objective for the event was to raise money to make dreams come true for terminally ill children; as a result their event team devised a range of extra on-site experiences that would further encourage donations. The Star’s team supported their vision, ensuring all additional stations were accommodated in the Event Centre with ease.
Beautifully decorated masks were sold to guests upon entry and dedicated champagne bars were set up in the Event Centre foyer and inside the Event Centre serving chilled Piper Heidsieck Brut NV.
The Star worked closely with The Starlight Foundation to deliver a seamless event experience for attendees. The Star’s event executives rolled out an all-inclusive internal run sheet that outlined all operational requirements that brought the Star Ball’s event management plan to life. This plan was communicated internally at The Star to all departments who would be working on the event, from security and AV, to the banquets department and the wait staff; everyone was made aware of the expectations and deliverables required to ensure the Star Ball Sydney at The Star Event Centre was top notch.
“An enormous thank you to all at The Star Event Centre! Nothing was too much to ask for – from the last minute printing, to the lifesaving coffees in the morning. The team delivered over and above what was asked, and demonstrated their genuinely friendly and happy nature throughout the whole process; I personally would like to thank you. Star Ball Sydney was a phenomenal success, raising enough money for 62 life changing wishes – and The Star event team were all very much a part of making that happen.”
- Holly Bowmaker – National Fundraising Project Manager, The Starlight Children’s Foundation
Corporates who run events can simply and effectively add a charitable component to their event through auctions on the night, inviting celebrity patrons of charities, and making donations themselves to charities.
With a celebrity or two in attendance there is also a better opportunity to receive some media exposure for your event. Not to mention the feel-good factor your attendees will receive.