• Melissa West and her daughter Maddy West

    Melissa West and her daughter Maddy West

  • Anna Christodoulou and Anna Tsoulias

    Anna Christodoulou and Anna Tsoulias

  • Philip Christodoulou and Nick Tsoulias

    Philip Christodoulou and Nick Tsoulias

  • Janet and Brian Cossart

    Janet and Brian Cossart

  • Heidi and Vincent Joseph

    Heidi and Vincent Joseph

  • Sydney Rowan and Bruce Walker

    Sydney Rowan and Bruce Walker

  • Stev and Louise Bates

    Stev and Louise Bates

  • Nick and Anna Tsoulias

    Nick and Anna Tsoulias

  • Dimitri and Anastasia Stramarcos

    Dimitri and Anastasia Stramarcos

  • Michael Orlov and Anna Bezos

    Michael Orlov and Anna Bezos

  • John Liangis and Anna Bezos

    John Liangis and Anna Bezos

  • George and Christine Havas

    George and Christine Havas

  • Anna and Philip Christodoulou

    Anna and Philip Christodoulou

  • Andrew and Helen Carellas

    Andrew and Helen Carellas

  • Andrew and Helen Carellas with John Liangis

    Andrew and Helen Carellas with John Liangis

  • Jodie Shepherd and her mum

    Jodie Shepherd and her mum

  • Mark Riley and Suzanne Mostyn

    Mark Riley and Suzanne Mostyn

  • Vanessa Konig, Naomi Feuerherdt, Jane Dimoff, Kate Grimmond

    Vanessa Konig, Naomi Feuerherdt, Jane Dimoff, Kate Grimmond

  • Jenny and Manny Notaras.....and a cat.

    Jenny and Manny Notaras.....and a cat.

  • Natalie Velkoska

    Natalie Velkoska

  • Stacy Warner, Amanda Jorgensen and Susan Platis

    Stacy Warner, Amanda Jorgensen and Susan Platis

  • Dan Richards and Ashlee Gunstone

    Dan Richards and Ashlee Gunstone

  • Garry and Paris O'Donnell

    Garry and Paris O'Donnell

  • Michael Sirr and Nektaria Makas

    Michael Sirr and Nektaria Makas

  • Kerri and Chris Kimball

    Kerri and Chris Kimball

  • Laurie and Matt McDonald

    Laurie and Matt McDonald

  • Rod Goodall and Lauren Zaja

    Rod Goodall and Lauren Zaja

  • Sophie Kilmartin, Jo Bisa and Fiona Sanfrancesco

    Sophie Kilmartin, Jo Bisa and Fiona Sanfrancesco

  • Justin Eeles and John Williams

    Justin Eeles and John Williams

  • Catherine and Andrew Yates

    Catherine and Andrew Yates

  • Kim Hocking, Peter Munday and Kelly and Peter Axiom

    Kim Hocking, Peter Munday and Kelly and Peter Axiom

  • Miriana Cavic and Katerina Maleganeas

    Miriana Cavic and Katerina Maleganeas

  • John Duncan and Shelley Thomson

    John Duncan and Shelley Thomson

  • Vicki Drabsch and her daughter Kelsey Drabsch, Marg Job and Louise Baxter

    Vicki Drabsch and her daughter Kelsey Drabsch, Marg Job and Louise Baxter

  • Sandra Beasley and Leonie Anderson

    Sandra Beasley and Leonie Anderson

  • Michelle Gunn, Nicole Damiani and Jenny Green

    Michelle Gunn, Nicole Damiani and Jenny Green

  • Terry Ring and Helen King

    Terry Ring and Helen King

The Canberra Star Ball 2016 @ The Hotel Realm

4 March 2016

The Canberra Star Ball for 2016 was again a triumph of exceptional dedication, organisation, generosity and determination by a small committee led by a formidable force in this city’s fundraising efforts, Star Ball Chair Marg Job. She is a tour de force who refreshingly tells it as it is, puts her emotions on show and keeps coming back to do it all again every year.

Themed this year for the suave and sophisticated James Bond – all of them of course – the master frock maker Gloria Grady whipped up some stunning dusty gold waistcoats for the girls on the committee with Marg deciding she was not going to slip into yet another new party frock she’d never wear again and remained elegant in black and white.

The ball supports the Starlight Children’s Foundation and garners major sponsorship from Lennock Volkswagen, The Liangis Family Foundation, Hotel Realm, Amalgamated Property Group, Luton and a formidable coterie of generous names in this city

The ‘Ooh James’ trio took us through the Bond songbook, some you will never forget and some you can’t remember who sang them, but that avid and knowledgeable Bond fan, John Lianagis kept me up to speed not just with the singers but those who starred in the movies too.

But the busyness and business of the silent auction with an eclectic mix of desirables kept the guests on the move to check bids and counter the offers on the small hand held electronic transfer device with a personalized card to use. The live auction brought out the generosity of some of our favourite ball regulars not the least of which was my favourite ‘shopping’ handbag holder on a memorable trip to South Africa, Philip Christodoulou, who bought the slick Volkswagen Polo, promised to pay the registration and insurance and donated it back as a vehicle for the Starlight Children’s Foundation. Expect to see that happy bunch of Captain Starlight team zipping around town in it very soon.
Then with keen bidding on the VIP Sydney Harbour Cruise on the MV AQA valued at $20,000, the second bidder was offered the same opportunity to float the harbor for four hours with 40 friends donated by the Sydney Harbour Yacht Charter.

For a reality check there’s always a chance to hear just how important the work of the foundation is for kids as Captain Starlight visits to lift their spirits, take their mind off the medical side of their hospital stay while focusing in the long term on creativity, self- expression and positive psychology. Maddy West spoke of living with cystic fibrosis. Her story one of tenacity and determination and a future that now includes her studying nursing. These stories always astound us and that kids suffer so much fighting for good health is a reminder of what we take for granted.

Marg Job is proud of her team, reluctantly accepts the accolades, but with this ball number 12, that original group of four who sat around her table all those years ago should all be proud of what they’ve achieved. And that includes her Greek Mum, Sotiria Liangis, being the biggest benefactor for this organisation with a formidable donation achieved over a cuppa and a chat around Mrs L’s kitchen table. Charity does begin in the heart and the home.