This year's annual Peet Op Shop Ball for Anglicare WA was the most successful in the event’s five year history.
More than 750 guests attended Anglicare WA’s premier fundraising event in Burswood’s Grand Ballroom last Saturday evening, and helped to raise more than $250,000 on the night for Anglicare WA.
Anglicare WA Executive General Manager of Fundraising and Chairman of the Ball, Ian Craig, said he was overwhelmed by the generosity of the guests.
“Many guests participated in the fundraising activities and the live auction was one of the evening’s highlights. There were some fantastic auction items available this year and there was spirited bidding for holiday packages, entertainment experiences and much more.
“One lucky guest successfully bid an amazing $26,700 for a trip for six people in a private jet to the V8 Supercar Championship’s exclusive Paddock Club in Sydney later this year. Another item was a painting by acclaimed WA indigenous artist Lindsay Harris, which sold for $7,500.
“A further $90,500 was also raised towards this year’s Suitcase of Hope, which will help 181 young homeless people by providing them with essential items to help them turn their lives around,” Mr Craig said.
Peet Limited Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer said the strong support from such a wide range of “Peet Op Shop Ball regulars” and new attendees alike was tremendous and spoke volumes for the sense of community in Perth.
“We’re very proud to support Anglicare WA and to have helped launch and establish the Suitcase of Hope program through the Peet Op Shop Ball community,” he said.
The guests, dressed head-to-toe in op shop creations, also enjoyed the evening’s entertainment and delicious food.
Narelda Jacobs and Michael Shultz from Network Ten were the Masters of Ceremony for the jungle-themed evening and the Grand Wazoo The Kings of Soul – a 15-piece band from Melbourne – had everyone on the dance floor.
Notable guests included John Barrington, Chairman Anglicare WA; Kasy Chambers, Executive Director Anglicare Australia; Hon. Eric Ripper, State Opposition Leader; and Brendan Gore, Peet Limited Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.
“There were plenty of familiar faces – people who had attended the Ball in previous years. The event grows in popularity each year and has sold out two years in a row.
“Getting dressed up in fabulous and sometimes outrageous op shop outfits, enjoying a night of entertainment in a fun-filled environment while networking and socialising, is what makes this a unique and memorable event,” said Mr Craig.
Anglicare WA would like to thank all sponsors and guests for making the 2011 Peet Op Shop Ball for Anglicare WA a night to remember! Simply magic!
For more information on the Ball, go to Contact Us or call 9319 6407.