The AABWA 2023 Christmas Event on Saturday December 2nd, inspired by the Wizard of Oz theme, was a spectacular occasion marked by a blend of entertainment, charity, and community spirit.
Image 1: MC: Paul Wrattern
This year’s event was hosted at Huntingdale Golf Club. The evening began with a registration period where attendees had the opportunity to mingle and take photos, set against the melodious backdrop of a live band.
President Jane Wei's opening speech set the tone for the evening, emphasizing the importance of community and charity.
This was followed by an address from the Head of Philanthropy of Eastern Health Foundation, Imran Karim, and scholarship recipient nurses (Charmaine Briffa & Saly Rashed), who shared insights into their experiences and the impact of AABWA's support.
One of the highlights of the night was the fashion show, where models showcased a range of exquisite outfits, capturing the essence of the Wizard of Oz theme.
This was complemented by a series of belly dance performances, which added a vibrant and energetic flair to the proceedings.
The event also included heartwarming and entertaining singing performances, further lifting the spirits of the audience. The music band, with their dynamic repertoire, kept the audience engaged and entertained throughout the evening. Guests had the pleasure of listening to Angel Zhang, vocalist, lyricist, vocal coach and songwriter perform.
A key feature of the event was the auction and raffle segment, which included a range of luxury items and exclusive experiences. This segment not only provided excitement for the attendees but also played a crucial role in fundraising for the foundation’s initiatives.
Corporate Auctioneer: Andrew Martin
The AABWA 2023 Christmas Event would not be possible without the generous contributions of our sponsors, leading to an impressive array of auction items and raffle prizes. The auction featured luxurious experiences like a $3,000 gift voucher and pearl discovery from Paspaley Pearls, a $2,999 valued Ruby Necklace from Henrison Australia, and exquisite Petalval Collector's Edition Wine Sets from Petalval Wines. A notable mention is the Cask Single Malt Whisky from 123Investment.
We express our sincerest gratitude to each sponsor for their support of the AABWA 2023 Christmas Event. Thank you to Paspaley Pearls, Henrison Australia, Petalval Wines, and 123Investment for our auction items. Our thanks also go to Cartier Chadstone Boutique, Julie & Friends Talk Show, Austrump Jenny Li, Wukong Education, Skeyndor Australia, Red Moon Art Glass Gallery, V Young Medical Clinic, and Amano Beauty for their generous raffle contributions. Your participation has greatly contributed to the success of this event.
The evening was rounded off with more music and dance, allowing guests to celebrate and enjoy the festive atmosphere. The final announcement of the total donation amount was a proud moment for all involved, showcasing the generosity and commitment of the AABWA community to making a difference. Everyone’s commitment to the cause was shown through the amazing amount raised, a total of $15,000. An incredible effort, thank you all.
Overall, the AABWA 2023 Christmas Event was a memorable evening that successfully combined entertainment, fashion, and philanthropy, leaving a lasting impression on all who attended and contributing significantly to the foundation’s charitable efforts.
Please enjoy the video below of our wonderful event, as well as more photos linked here.