The “Wild in the Jungle”” 32nd Anniversary Kids Tennis Foundation Gala Ball on 11 October did not disappoint!


The Pullman Melbourne on the Park Ballroom looked spectacular  with the jungle theming thanks to the generosity of Louise Higgins and the support of Function Accessories. KTF is indebted to Abbe Corrugated Cardboard Packaging too for their sponsorship of Louie & The Party Boyz who set the scene early in the night with their rendition of the famous hit from The Lion King, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”, with the gorgeous dancers adding that extra special touch. This great band continued to wow guests with their fantastic music, reflected in a packed dance floor at every opportunity. The generosity of Abbe Corrugated also extended to the fabulous life like jungle animals, which certainly brought the theme of the night alive.


Geoff “Coxy” Cox was fantastic as MC ensuring that the night ran smoothly. Given that the night was jam packed full of fun, fundraising and entertainment, no mean feat!  


The Main Auction was an exciting part of the evening with truly amazing items on offer. Peter Kennett from Hocking Stuart (Brighton) did a great job as auctioneer, generating lots of excitement and enthusiasm which resulted in fantastic amounts being realized for the  “money can’t buy” AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2019 experience from TENNIS AUSTRALIA, for the “HOUSE IN THE WILD” (Kenya) Package, for the SEALY Posturepedic Ensemble, for the Box Framed and Signed “AUSTRALIAN  WORLD CUP CRICKET CHAMPIONS 1999” Cricket Bat, for the personally signed bottles of Champagne (LOUIS  ROEDERER CRISTAL, TAITTINGER, VRANKEN and POMMERY) and PLUMM Glassware, for the IAN SHARP JEWELLERY Diamond Pendant Necklace, for the MOONEE VALLEY RACING CLUB Committee Room Package, for the HILTON KOTA KINABULU (Sabah, Malaysia) Package, and  for the FUTURE CLASSIC FURNITURE Chair & Table. 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, Antler Luggage, Bronwynn Webb, Botanical Hotel, Bunnings, Busby’s Restaurant, Chapter One @ 230 Boutigue, Coach New York, Collingwood Football Club, Crown Melbourne, Decjuba, Dunlop, Eric Campbell, Essendon Football Club, Il Duca Ristorante, Independent Cement & Lime P/L, Jaspa Herington, KTF Social Committee, Laser Clinics Australia (Prahran), Maxwell & Williams, McGuire Media, Melbourne Racing Club Foundation, Paul McNamee, Peter & Sandra Gillooly, Piermont Retreat, RACV Club, Richmond Seafood Tavern, Sail Safari, Sifitel Melbourne, Tony & Joe Bongiorno, Warwick Fabrics, Yering Station Winery and Yonex.  


The generous support of DE BORTOLI WINES and ASAHI “TWO SUNS” Beer 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 time, donations and dedication and commitment prior to and on the night, namely Jane Anderson, Elena Chan, Joan Cubbin (NSW), Jody Costantino, Louise Higgins, Lesley McNamee, Julie O’Sullivan, Anthea Phelps and Gianna Trovato. Thank you also to Jody’s helpers 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 continue “TO GIVE DISADVANTAGED KIDS A BETTER SHOT” the important end result being the boost to self-esteem and self-confidence.