50th Anniversary Golden Jubilee Ball
The Association celebrated our 50th Anniversary at the Hyatt Regency in Perth in the form of a Golden Jubilee Ball on the 25th of April 2015. This date coincided with the 100th. Anniversary of the Gallipoli landings.
This event would have to be the biggest and most prestigious in the history of the Association, considering there would not be too many other similar community organisations who have achieved this milestone.
Planning for the event commenced around August 2014 and was quite intensive in terms of searching for and deciding on the right venue, theme and budget. The Hyatt was finally selected due to their generosity in providing a substantial discount based on our community focus and charity status. For this we are very grateful. The package from the Hyatt included a substantial three course dinner with many choices, together with a five hour beverage package commencing with pre-dinner drinks.
The Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI) generously provided a grant towards this event. Professional photography services on the night came courtesy of Mr. Reg Jones. We are very grateful to both the OMI as well as Reg for his complimentary services.
This proved to be a very popular event with our members as well as guests; ticket sales were closed at around 350 in order to provide a comfortable environment. The numbers would have been much larger if this had not been the case.
Guests were presented with mementos on arrival to mark this memorable occasion.
The striking table centrepieces were courtesy of Anne Grace Wedding Planners, a family business run by Mr. Denzil D’Vauz, our previous President of many years.
Notable guests attending (VIPs) included the Hon. Mike Nahan MLA, Treasurer and Minister for Multicultural Interests, together with Janine Freeman MLA, Member for Mirrabooka, Elizabeth Re, Councillor from the City of Stirling, Mr. Mel Fialho, Vice President of the Australian Asian Association and Mr. Alan Phillips, President Anglo Indian Association of WA.
The evening was opened with a short ANZAC ceremony as a fitting tribute to the 100th Anniversary of the Gallipoli landings. This included playing of the Last Post followed by other protocol which included the presence and participation by Major Brian D’Cunha from the 13th Brigade of WA’s Army Reserve who represented the Australian Defence Force. Our gratitude to Brian for his efforts and very valuable contribution.
The Hon. Mike Nahan recognised the efforts of the Association and encouraged continuance of our current path in his speech. He was followed by The President Mr. Michael Hutton who briefly outlined the Association’s history and achievements as well as acknowledging the contribution of others in the past which has resulted in the longevity and success of the organisation. He also thanked the assembled current Management Committee for their efforts in the management of the Association together with the organisation of the event.
The guests were then entertained throughout the night by the band Indiana together with DJ Apollo (Michael Hutton) whose service was complimentary. The Ballroom was filled with ladies in beautiful elegant gowns together with gentlemen looking very debonair as they danced the night away in what was an extremely well organised and successful celebration which concluded at midnight.
Some guests took the opportunity and stayed overnight and caught up with friends and acquaintances the next morning at breakfast.
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2014 New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball
Yet another eventful year was farewelled and 2015 welcomed in traditional style at the Association’s 2014 New Year's Eve Ball which was held at the Vasto Club in Balcatta.
Thanks to the Vasto Committee we were able to secure this venue for our ball, which was fortunate and allowed us to accommodate a larger number of patrons than in previous years.
The night was opened by our eloquent Master of Ceremonies Mr. Chris Manook who welcomed the guests before introducing The Oceanites Band and DJ Apollo. Music provided by these two entertainers ranged from the earlier years right through to the modern; with DJ Apollo throwing in a few Italian hits in recognition of the Vasto Club and their committee who were present at the event.
A wide selection of raffle prizes was on offer together with a prize for the best dressed couple which was won by a deserving duo.
Patrons arrived dressed in their very best masquerade outfits and thoroughly enjoyed the night right through to the midnight lead-up which the Oceanites led with their medley followed by the traditional countdown.
Heartfelt thanks to all our members and guests who attended for their continued support. Special thanks to our Management Committee and families for their dedication and hard work in making this and other events such memorable occasions.
We now look forward to our 50th Anniversary Golden Jubilee Ball which will be held in the Grand Ballroom of The Hyatt Regency on the 25th of April. Full details are in the flyer on our events page. Please book your tickets early for this once in a lifetime event as it will be very popular and tickets are limited.
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