Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters:
The Down Under Ball Moscow 2013 took place on the evening of April 13 at the Moscow Monarch Renaissance Hotel. The ball raised USD95,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Russia, a charity organization supporting disadvantaged children. The programme for the night included 4-course meal, wine/beer/spirits, LIVE entertainment and an auction with prizes like a luxury vacation on the ski slopes of Vail, Colorado or two return business class airfares to Australia with Etihad. Down Under Ball was attended by the Ambassador of Australia, the Ambassador of New Zealand and the Ambassador of Ireland.
Russian Australian Business Association:
As the Master of Ceremonies I had many people seek me out during the night to express how much they were enjoying it. The main meal of Aussie beef flown in by Meat and Livestock Australia was a big hit with many even saying it was the best steak they had eaten in Moscow.
The ball was to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters Russia and was the most successful fund raising event in their history. The great news is the sponsors really enjoyed the evening with many vowing to return and even increase their involvement in future.
The generosity of our guests was tremendous and I think the video messages from Big Brothers Big Sisters in Australia and New Zealand highlighted the international breadth of our charity and what a huge difference it makes.
I am very proud to play a part in getting the antipodean community behind such a wonderful cause.