Charity Ball 2010
The inaugural ACMAV Charity Ball was an immense success. Held on 13th November 2010 in the stunning Studio 3, Crown Casino, it was a key proponent of the ACMAV’s vision – to support the Chinese community both locally and overseas, with particular focus on those in disadvantaged circumstances.
The night started in style! Inside Studio 3, 260 guests settled in for an entertaining night, a gourmet menu and a common cause. To begin, the Chao Feng Chinese Orchestra provided a rousing repertoire of Chinese music on traditional instruments, followed by the light-footed Sabrina Chao Dancers. This wonderful whirlwind of colour and sound appropriately foreboded a succulent menu opening with delicate lemon-grass prawns.
As we dined on the fine Chinese cuisine, a frenzied raffle-ticket selling was underway in preparation for a magnificent prize draw which included a $400 dinner voucher, a Panasonic camcorder, aged wine and beauty packages. There was little cajoling needed, with guests eagerly snapping up tickets for a tilt at the goods. Near the front, bids were slowly gathering for the Silent Auction, where another array of prizes awaited. Lionel was a great auctioneer on the night, reminding us that “the night was about charity, not getting a bargain!” With a spirit of giving, multiple prizes were auctioned off, including a very acoustically fine surround sound system. In another corner , the roving magicians captivated and intrigued their audience with their “see it to believe it” acts. The evening also included a Charity Auction and raffle draws from HSBC and Central Equity.
The first guest speaker of the night was Dorothy Yiu, founder and President of the Chinese Cancer Society of Victoria (CCSV). This organisation lends invaluable support to Chinese cancer sufferers, whose journeys may be complicated by lack of access to appropriate resources. In acknowledgment of the CCSV’s work, the ACMAV pledged $5000 towards the establishment of the CCSV Bone Marrow Registry.
The second keynote address was delivered by Mr Ian Holten, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon based in Geelong. Ian has worked closely with the ACMAV, most notably in the epic and life-changing treatment of Hanh, a Vietnamese burns victim. Without his skill and those of his dedicated team, this young woman would never have regained the independence she has now. The astounding before and after images affected the audience deeply, and quite fittingly an Honorary Membership was bestowed upon Ian Holten that night.
We then all hit the dance floor and with the studio packed to the rafters, the atmosphere of fun was infectious! Overall, the night had a magical quality to it that will always be cherished in the hearts of all those who attended. Mixing a generous spirit with a bit of fun whilst making a difference in the world meant that the inaugural ACMAV Charity Ball was an unparalleled success!
The ACMAV is most grateful to its sponsors
- Central Star Autohaus
- Healthscope Pathology
- Central Equity
- Investec Experien
- MDA National
- Crown Melbourne
- Ivy Printing
- Last Minute Locums and
- Doctor’s Health Fund
A huge thank you also to the Ball Committee for a superb organising effort: Drs Sally Ng, Edwin Luk, Gary Yip, Cheryl Oh and Rebecca Nguyen.