Aurora’s 2016 Grants Spread $60 000 In Support Throughout NSW

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After raising a record amount at this year’s Annual Ball, the Aurora Group has announced over $60 000 in grants to support the LGBTIQ community over the coming year.

Seven Small Grants of up to $5000 have funded projects in Sydney, Gosford, Maitland and Wollongong.

“2016 has been a tough year for many in our community, but we’ve also seen our donors step up and give generously,” said Aurora chairperson Alison King.

“It’s inspiring to connect the incredible work being done by community organisations on the frontline, with the generosity of our family of donors.”

The full list of projects funded by the 2016 Small Grants program is:

  • Headspace Wollongong: training peer facilitators to lead the Rainbow League group, a youth group for 16-25 year olds in the Illawarra region.
  • Headspace Maitland: training, support and a video about youth LGBTIQ experiences to be developed in the Upper Hunter region by the ‘All 4 One’ youth group.
  • Regional Youth Support Services (GenQ): four LGBTIQ outreach workshops for youth in the Central Coast region
  • Inner City Legal Centre: a pilot project aimed at improving young LGBTIQ people’s access to legal information and support.
  • Gender Centre: a short film on the experiences of transgender people in the workplace.
  • Outstanding LGBTIQ Story Competition: revamping the submission process and social media strategy for the competition in 2017.
  • ACON: supporting phase II of the ‘Smoke Free Still Fierce’ campaign and outreach.

 

In addition to these Small Grants, Aurora will provide $30 000 to its major grants recipient, Twenty10 incorporating the Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service for core projects that benefit the LGBTIQ community.

Aurora funds its grants program entirely through donations by supporters – anyone can donate online at any time at www.auroragroup.com.au.

 

15 December 2016

 

Media Contact:  Michael Vaughan, 0413 473 773, michaelv@auroragroup.com.au

Aurora Group Announces a Premier Fashion Event for 2017 Mardi Gras

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Today Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras unveiled its 2017 festival season, including Aurora’s new premier event [Style] aGender – A Gender-Queer Fashion Parade to be held on 24th February 2017.

Aurora’s exciting new fashion event is designed to celebrate Australian queer (and queer-friendly) fashion brands, while generating conversation about the changing space of gender-queer style. Guests can enjoy canapés and cocktails in the [Style] aGender VIP Lounge before taking their seats for the [Style] aGender Runway Show presenting thought-provoking pieces worn by unique models. They can then follow the show with [Style] aGender Fashion Talks, where a panel of industry pros and community identities will consider the spectrum of gender fluid style and the unique aspects of dressing queer bodies.

“Can fashion be used to challenge the binary limitations of masculinity and femininity and make space for other forms of identity? Can we harness it to creatively resist and queer the norm? The Aurora Group is bringing together the thinkers, trendsetters and style icons of the queer community to explore this concept with a Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival fashion event showcasing collections from local style front-runners and influential designers.”

Alison King, Chair, The Aurora Group

 

VIP LOUNGE

Enjoy drinks and canapés in the VIP lounge, our premier destination for fashion media, models, celebs, style stars, community icons and special guests.

RUNWAY SHOW

Curated by fashion industry insiders, the runway show collection explores queer identity through fashion subcultures, design and the emerging trends of gender fluid style.

FASHION TALKS

Industry pros and community identities will reflect on the spectrum of gender-queer fashion at our Fashion Talks panel discussion. Join the conversation and spark your imagination.

ACCESSIBILITY

Level access from street through to venue entrances. Designated audience spaces for wheelchair users. Accessible bathroom available. Assistance animals welcome.

[Style] aGender Tickets

GOLD TICKET $150* 

Front Row Runway Show
VIP Lounge Drinks & Canapés
Official GOLD Gift Bag
‘Fashion Talks’ Entry

SILVER TICKET $100* 

Second/Third Row Runway Show
VIP Lounge Drinks & Canapés
Official SILVER Gift Bag
‘Fashion Talks’ Entry

SHOW TICKET $50* 

General Admission Runway Show
Lobby refreshment bar
‘Fashion Talks’ Entry

 

WHEN

February 24, 2017 at 7pm – 10pm (doors open at 6:30pm)

 

WHERE

Commune

901 Bourke Street, Waterloo, NSW

MAP

 

Aurora Appetite Fundraising Dinner for the Gender Centre

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The Aurora Group announces Appetite Dinner fundraising event on August 31 2016 at Claires Kitchen in support of The Gender Centre.

Hot on the heels of the record-breaking 2016 Aurora Annual Ball that raised over $100,000, the Aurora Group is back with the second installment of the Appetite Dinner series at one of the community’s most-loved restaurants, Claire’s Kitchen at Le Salon, on Wednesday 31 August.

Launched in February 2016, Appetite Dinners are Aurora’s newest event offering, delivering intimate evenings of fabulous food and wine while showcasing LGBTI community groups for pinpointed fundraising.

Appetite offers the familiar qualities Aurora supporters have come to expect. What sets it apart from the glamor of the Aurora Annual Ball is its intimate nature, providing guests with the chance to get to know each other and collectively target their support for a worthy cause.

“The focus for this Appetite Dinner is the crucial work undertaken by The Gender Centre within the trans community,” said Aurora Chair Alison King. “Money raised on the night will fund a project allowing them to hold a series of educational lunches across Australia with key journalists and media decision makers that shape public opinions on trans issues in the wider community. We believe this to be important work as media coverage of the trans and queer communities should be appropriately informed and considerate.”

“We do a lot of really important work in the trans community and the Aurora Group helps to make that possible,” said Eloise Brook, a Director of The Gender Centre. “The feeling of those who work at The Gender Centre is that when Aurora gets involved, there is an incredibly positive effect on our community. I’m looking forward to the Appetite dinner, because we have an amazing story to tell; one of change and how to do things differently.”

On the night, Claire’s will be putting together three courses of fine French fare and matching wines for guests to enjoy. Aurora will be providing some fantastic raffle items, including a Same Love photography package, a return visit to Claire’s Kitchen, and a one-week coastal getaway at the beautiful Lobster Cottage in Sawtell.

Tickets are $150pp (+ $3 booking fee) and given that the debut Appetite Dinner sold out in just a few days, the Aurora Group recommends supporters visit the online booking page and secure tickets today to avoid disappointment.

 

Event Details

Aurora Appetite Dinner

Supporting the Gender Centre

7pm, Wednesday 31 August 2016

Claire’s Kitchen at Le Salon

35 Oxford St, Sydney, NSW

Cost: $150+BF (includes three courses and matched wines)

Buy tickets: https://auroragroup.nationbuilder.com/appetite_dinner_august_2016

Join Appetite on FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/1763210920596849/

Record-Breaking Aurora Ball Raises Over $100 000

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The “Menagerie” themed Aurora Ball on Saturday evening raised a record amount of over $100 000 for the LGBTI community.

“We’re so grateful for the generosity of our guests in their giving at this year’s Ball – through our raffles, auctions and direct donations over $100 000 was raised,” said Aurora Chairperson Alison King.

“The Ball is always joyful, but the generosity of this year’s guests means we can be really ambitious with our grants program for the next twelve months.”

Guests gave a standing ovation to keynote speaker Tiernan Brady’s call to be the “golden generation” that moves from decriminalisation through to full marriage equality.

The safari suited MC Bob Downe introduced shows from Trevor Ashley and Rhonda Burchmore, a primate-inspired iOTA, and a surprise performance by some of the roller-skating cast of Xanadu the musical.

“I want to thank again our event partners, sponsors and media partners for helping make this year’s Ball such a success.”

The 2016 Aurora Ball Gold Sponsor was Michael Kauter from Strategic Political Counsel, with Silver Sponsors Westpac, Commonwealth Bank and Michael Tiyce from Tiyce & Lawyers.

The Aurora Group’s event partners are the City of Sydney, The Caterer – A Sydney Company, Ovolo HotelsVintage Blue Wine, 32Hundred Lighting, and Same Love Photography.

Aurora’s long-standing media partners are SX and SameSame, the Star Observer and GayRadio.com.au.

Aurora will open applications for its Small Grants program in around September, providing up to $5000 grants for projects supporting the LGBTI community in New South Wales.

Media Contact: Michael Vaughan, 0413 473 773, michaelv@auroragroup.com.au

iOTA, Trevor Ashley and Rhonda Burchmore – oh my!

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We wanted to share the news with you – iOTA, Trevor Ashley and Rhonda Burchmore are providing the entertainment at this year’s sold out Aurora Ball!

Performer iOTAOver the past decade iOTA has earned a reputation as a magnetic performer who can command an audience from the stage, on the big screen or fronting his own band. He has four Helpmann Awards and six studio albums (along with six ARIA nominations) under his belt. We’re thrilled he’s coming to the Ball.

Trevor and Rhonda
Trevor Ashley is known and loved for his award-winning performances in major productions like Les Miserables as well as his own creative works like FAT SWAN and Diamonds Are For Trevor. Over a brilliant 30 year career Rhonda Burchmore has starred in lead musical roles, performed at London’s West End, recorded five albums, received a MO Award and ACE Award, and was acknowledged for her service to the performing arts and community with an OAM in 2014.

Trevor and Rhonda have enough star power to light up Sydney Town Hall solo, but are fresh from teaming up for their show Twins at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Aurora Ball Sells Out In Under Two Weeks

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The Aurora Ball is already sold out after an extraordinary response from long-term supporters and new attendees.

After launching the ‘Menagerie’ theme a fortnight ago, we have already had to establish a waiting list for both individual and group bookings.

“The Aurora Ball usually sells out, but the response this year has been incredible,” said Aurora Chairperson Alison King. “We’ve been blown away by the enthusiasm of this year’s attendees, both in raising money for our community and bringing our Menagerie theme to life.”

The Aurora Ball returns to Sydney Town Hall on Saturday 18 June and will invite guests to uncage their fabulous inner animal.

Guests interested in attending the Ball are encouraged to join the waiting list by emailing bookings@auroragroup.com.au or call 0448 405 642 in case of cancellations. Tickets are $245 and further information is available at www.auroragroup.com.au.

Funds raised on the night go to support organisations like Aurora’s main grant recipient, Twenty10 incorporating the Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service. In the past year Aurora also disbursed $30 000 to six other community organisations like the Inner City Legal Centre through their Small Grants Program.

The Aurora Ball will feature a full line up of entertainment which will be revealed over the coming weeks, with three courses of food provided by The Caterer, Sydney. Other event partners are the City of Sydney, Radisson Blue Sydney Hotel, Same Love Photography and the Honour Awards. Media partners are SX and SameSame, the Star Observer and GayRadio.com.au.

22 April 2016

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Welcome to the Menagerie at the 17th Aurora Ball

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The cat’s out of the bag with tickets now on sale for the ‘Menagerie’ themed 2016 Aurora Annual Ball, returning to Sydney Town Hall on Saturday 18 June.

Released at an intimate event to a roomful of long-term supporters on Thursday night, this year’s theme invites guests to uncage their fabulous inner animal.

“We want to celebrate the exotic and unique creatures in our community – we want guests to showcase their animal instincts,” said Aurora Chairperson Alison King.

“Whether it’s the subtle flash of a feather or a full scaled suit, we can’t wait to see what twist our guests bring to their outfits.”

The Annual Ball occurs each year around International Stonewall Day and is the Aurora Group’s main fundraising event.

Funds raised on the night go to support organisations like Aurora’s main grant recipient, Twenty10 incorporating the Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service. In the past year Aurora also disbursed $30 000 to six other community organisations like the Inner City Legal Centre through their Small Grants Program.

The Aurora Ball will feature a full line up of entertainment which will be revealed over the coming weeks, with three courses of food provided by The Caterer, Sydney. Other event partners are the City of Sydney, Radisson Blue Sydney Hotel, Same Love Photography and the Honour Awards. Media partners are SX and SameSame, the Star Observer and GayRadio.com.au.

Tickets to the Ball are $245 and are on sale now. Corporate and Community tables are also available. Tickets are limited, and booking early is strongly recommended due to quick sellouts in the past. For bookings people should email bookings@auroragroup.com.au or call 0448 405 642. Further information is available at www.auroragroup.com.au.

Building on high demand from previous years, Aurora is again offering a discounted table to guests aged 30 and under who have never been to an Aurora Ball before. Ten tickets will be made available at a reduced rate of $160 so that younger members of our community can experience the night.

7 April 2016

Media Contact:  Michael Vaughan, 0413 473 773, michaelv@auroragroup.com.au

First of Appetite Dinners Launched

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In February 2016 Aurora launched a new series of intimate events – the ‘Appetite’ dinners – that will tour the LGBTI community’s favourite neighbourhoods.

These new ‘Appetite’ dinners are an opportunity to support the community through smaller and more accessible events of celebration.

We want the Appetite dinners to feel familiar to our supporters: quality food and wine, gorgeous venues, and good company.

At the first Appetite dinner at Forage in Marrickville, forty guests raised over $3500 to support Twenty10 incorporating GLCS NSW.

See some of the fabulous photos here and here.

The dinner booked out in a few days, so stay tuned for future announcements to grab a seat!

You can follow all the developments at the special Appetite Facebook event page.

Photo: Cec Busby
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 – Aurora Appetite Dinner. Forage. Marrickville. Photos. Cec Busby

Recipients of Aurora’s Small Grants Program 2015 Announced

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It really is our favourite time of year! Aurora Group just selected six organisations to share over $25 000 to help LGBTI people in New South Wales. 

We are thrilled to announce the projects funded through Aurora’s 2015 Small Grants program:

  • The Inner City Legal Centre: a community campaign and legal assistance around the expungement of historical homosexual offences;
  • Headspace Newcastle: a support and social group for under-18 LGBTIQ youth in Newcastle;
  • Family Resource and Network Support (FRANS): support for young people with an intellectual disability to participate in the Rainbow Bridge Social Club, in association with Twenty10;
  • ACON: a campaign to highlight cancer risk issues, particularly for lesbian and same sex attracted women;
  • WayAhead – Mental Health Association NSW: a GLBT Anxiety Disorder Support Group;
  • OutStanding Short Story Competition: support for the OutStanding LGBTIQ Short Story Competition, in association with Mardi Gras.

As always, in addition to the Small Grants program, Aurora’s major grants recipient is Twenty10 incorporating the Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service.

Our grants programs are only made possible because of our supporters. Thank you for continuing to be part of the Aurora family in 2015.

We can’t wait to see these projects roll out over the next year, and share their progress with you.

Aurora’s Small Grants Program Now Taking Applications

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Do you know a community group who could use $5000 to help LGBTI people in NSW? 

Aurora’s Small Grants program is now taking applications. Eligible organisations have until Friday 23 October to apply.

Last year, Aurora awarded $33 000 in small grants to 7 organisations, including:

  • Women in Prison Advocacy to enhance a mentoring program for recently released women associated with the LGBTI community;
  • Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia to provide a series of seminars targeting gay and bi men to create awareness;and
  • Queerscreen to host an event to help address the effects of drugs and mental illness in the LGBTI community.

You can find all the forms and details here.

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