"Simply Irresistible" 30th Anniversary Gala Ball

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The Park Hyatt certainly looked “Simply Irresistible” for the special milestone 30th Anniversary KTF Gala on 13 October, thanks to the generosity of LOUISE HIGGINS & FUNCTION ACCESSORIES. To set the scene Louie & The Party Boyz wowed guests with their rendition of the famous Robert Palmer hit of 1988 with the gorgeous dancers adding that “Simply Irresistible” touch. John Deeks was fantastic as MC ensuring that the night ran smoothly and, given that the night was jam packed full of fun, fundraising and entertainment, no mean feat! Thanks to the sponsorship of ABBE CORRUGATED CARDBOARD PACKAGING, the fabulous Louie & the Party Boyz continued to entertain the enthusiastic crowd, with a packed dance floor at every opportunity. What a band! To help guests better understand the purpose of Kids Tennis Foundation and to set the scene for a successful fund-raising evening, guests were shown “The Story of KTF”, which was produced at no cost by the wonderful SEVEN NETWORK. And, what a reaction with many commenting on the wonderful achievements of KTF over the past 34 years and the exciting Ken Rosewall Regional Project. And how special that “Rafa” aka Elliott Loney made a special guest appearance to help launch the new KTF GOLD MEDAL SUPPORTER campaign. With KTF Founder & Chairman as Guest Interviewer, what an insight into the tennis scene! Even “Bruce McEveney” was there to have a chat with tennis gun Thanassi Kokkinakas, who, along with young tennis ace Storm Sanders, presented gold medals to Valda Walsh (REIV) and Julie & Daniel O’Sullivan (Abbe Corrugated) in particular. Sincere thanks to all. The Main Auction was an exciting part of the evening with truly amazing items on offer. Milo Rasinac from Nelson Alexander (Essendon) did a great job as auctioneer, generating lots of excitement and enthusiasm which resulted in fantastic amounts being realized for the 3AW Advertising Package, SEALY Posturepedic Queen Bed Ensemble, Cocktail Party for 20 at the SOFITEL MELBOURNE ON COLLINS, Dining for 10 at DE BORTOLI in the Yarra Valley with transport provided by WILD WOMBAT WINERY TOURS, Golfing Experience at VICTORIA GLUF CLUB organized by IAIN FINDLAY, NRL PREMIERS 2017 MELBOURNE STORM signed jumper, SOFITEL HOTELS & RESORTS Bora Bora Tahiti Accommodation, Table for 10 at The Footy Show 2018 from MCGUIRE MEDIA and finally, 10% Share in “Emmy Awards” from OTI RACING & BLOODSTOCK. What wonderful supporters! A great array of fantastic items and prizes were also on offer in the Silent Auction and Grand Raffle, including extremely generous donations from Alcaston Gallery, Amandarine Jewellery, Antipodes Beauty, Antler Luggage, B&C Magnetic Marketing, 230 Boutique/Chapter One, Carbone Master Tailors, Crown Metropol, Decjuba, Endota Spa Flinders Lane, Essendon Footnall Club, Fila, Flower Drum, Geoff & Hal Salter, Global Fitness & Leisure, Il Duca Ristorante, Independent Cement & Lime P/L, Jaspa Herington, Joan Cubbin, Mahjong Restaurant, Malouf’s Zum Zum, Moonee Valley Racing Club, Maxwell & Williams, Palace Cinemas, Melbourne Victory FC, Montsalvat, National Sports Museum, Nowlan Fashion Agency, Park Hyatt, Peter & Sandra Gillooly, Rhonda Thatcher, Ryobi, Tennis Australia, The Melbourne Dentist, The Plastic Man, Tony & Joe Bongiorno, Vintage Rose, Wine Tours Victoria, Yonex and Zoe Walsh. The generous support of DE BORTOLI WINES & LION AUSTRALIA certainly helped “loosen the purse strings”, of TOMORROW AGENCY who designed and produced the fabulous invitations and programmes, of COMPLETE COLOUR PRINTING for the printing of same ensured that this function was not only truly a social success but also definitely a financial one. Special thanks to the members of the Kids Tennis Foundation Social Committee for their dedication and commitment prior to and on the night, namely Jane Anderson, Joan Cubbin (NSW), Louise Higgins, Lesley McNamee, Judy Norton, Mandy Nowlan, Sarah Nowlan, Julie O’Sullivan and Gianna Trovato, to Jody Costantino and her wonderfully efficient helpers on the night, to Elena O’Brien for her technical help in the weeks prior to the Gala and on the night, to photographer Cathy O’Reilly and to all those wonderful people who organised tables. How lucky and ever so grateful is Kids Tennis Foundation to have such fantastic support from so many wonderful and very generous organizations, companies and individuals! As a result of funds raised, Kids Tennis Foundation will be able to continue to provide coaching programs on a regular weekly basis for many, many disadvantaged children throughout Australia, and, in the process, the boost to their self-esteem and self-confidence the important end result. There is a big short fall between the funding received and what it costs to run all the KTF programs, hence these fund raising events are extremely important.