More than 660 guests attended a star-studded Luton Charity Ball recently, raising around $220,000 for local Canberra charities.
The Santorini-themed ball this year supported ‘Homes of Hope’ organisations – raising money for Hartley Lifecare, Project Independence and Karinya House.
Funds raised will also go towards the Luton Charity Ball’s annual pledge to donate $10,000 each to the Canberra Hospital Foundation, SIDS and Kids and the Ozhelp Foundation.
The annual ball was held on August 19 at the National Convention Centre and has been declared a record-breaking success by Luton Properties Director Richard Luton.
“We have been so overwhelmed by the amazing response to our ‘Homes of Hope’ Charity Ball this year, with a record number of ticket sales to glamorous guests,” Mr Luton said.
The event was hosted by multi-talented personality Costas Kilias and featured a performance by Aria-nominated recording artist Ricki Lee which had everyone dancing.
‘The Real Housewives of Sydney’ star Athena X added to the glamour of the night and donated an Australian South Sea Pearl and diamond necklace for the raffle.
Guests also enjoyed an Ouzo Bar, festive Greek dancing and some spectacular plate-smashing.
“‘Homes of Hope’ represents the commitment and dedication that these charities have to providing much-needed housing for the less fortunate within the Canberra Community,” Mr Luton said.
“They work tirelessly in our community, giving hope to individuals and families by continuously raising money to develop, build, upkeep current facilities and maintain new and old residential dwellings and also provide ongoing support to the residents who live there,” he said.
Mr Luton said that the funds raised at this year’s ball will contribute towards further housing and support services to assist the charities to continue their great work.
The ball featured a ‘Luton Live Auction Extravaganza’ which saw some interesting items go under the hammer including a ‘Wallabies Experience Package’, ‘Beatlemania’ VIP concert tickets, Shawn Mendes, Bruno Mars and Take That tickets, a cruise around Sydney Harbour, and a seven-night ‘Italian Experience’ in Tuscany.
“We are hearing delighted guests and sponsors are already signing up for next year’s Luton Charity Ball, for yet another gala fashion and charitable extravaganza in 2018,” Mr Luton said.