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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.