Aurora Gives $30,000 Back to the Community

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The Aurora Group has given seven community organisations a total of over $30 000 to support the LGBTI community in New South Wales.

The Aurora Small Grants Program gives up to $5000 raised from supporters at events like the Annual Ball to projects which might otherwise miss out on funding.

“This year’s Small Grants are full of innovative and creative ideas to strengthen the LGBTI community,” said Aurora chairperson Adam Niewand.

“The generosity of Aurora’s supporters is now going to breathe life into these seven promising projects – thank you to everyone who donated in the past year.”

The list of projects funded by the 2014 Small Grants program are:

  • Family Planning NSW: a photographic exhibition travelling to regional NSW that explores the sexual rights of LGBTI people with disability.
  • The Trustee for Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia: seminars targeting gay and bi men’s awareness of prostate cancer.
  • Family Resource and Network Support: diversity workshops to build awareness of LGBTI perspectives among young people with an intellectual disability.
  • Twenty10 Camp Out: an interactive multi-media educational program where young people can hear other LGBTI stories and add their own to a digital archive.
  • Queer Screen: an event addressing the effects of drugs and mental illness for the LGBTI community in western Sydney.
  • Women in Prison Advocacy Network: a mentoring program for lesbian and bi women exiting prison.
  • Cancer Council of NSW: a webinar for members of the LGBTI community affected by cancer, and diversity training for staff.

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

Aurora’s grants programs are made possible because of our supporters – people can donate online at any time at www.auroragroup.com.au.

29 January 2015

 

Media Contact:

Michael Vaughan

0413 473 773

michaelv@auroragroup.com.au

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Applications Are Open for Aurora’s Small Grants Program

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Community groups can now apply for up to $5000 through Aurora’s Small Grants program.

Organisations who are working to provide a benefit to GLBT communities in NSW and have DGR status can apply for the Small Grants program up until Friday 17 October.

“Aurora’s family of generous supporters donate so that together we can give a helping hand to organisations doing vital work for the GLBT community,” said Aurora Chairperson Adam Niewand.

Last year, $30 000 was awarded to 7 organisations, including:

  • The Gender Centre to create a short film and workshop transphobic bullying in schools;
  • The Benevolent Society to fund a story book depicting GLBTQI foster carer families;
  • Twenty10 to support Camp Out’s overnight ‘camp’ experience for young people, who would benefit from peer support, health and community education and advocacy.

“Community organisations can find it hard to get government funding even though they are changing – and saving – lives,” said Mr Niewand.

“If you need a bit of extra help to continue working for the benefit of GLBT communities in NSW or you have a special project that meets the Aurora Grants criteria, we encourage you to apply.”

Application forms for the Small Grants program are available online at www.auroragroup.com.au.

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

Aurora’s grants programs are made possible because of our supporters – people can donate online at any time at www.auroragroup.com.au.

16 September 2014

 

Media Contact:

Michael Vaughan

0413 473 773

michaelv@auroragroup.com.au

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Strike a pose at this year’s Aurora Ball

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Don a mask and join Aurora walking the line between anonymity and exhibitionism in an evening of sophistication and style.

Aurora’s 15th Annual Ball, held this year on Saturday 21st June, will be an extravagant affair full of old world glamour and provocative mystery. Like the Masked Balls of old, guests will be encouraged to explore their alter egos through elegant disguise and a chic Black and White theme.

We are very excited to announce Australia’s ‘Acid Tongue Prince’, the fabulous comedian Joel Creasey as the evening’s host and MC. Joel is one of Australia’s youngest, brightest and most sought-after comedians due to his intelligent observations, acerbic style and pop-culture expertise– in the words of Joan Rivers, “He’s a f*%king star! I love him!”

The glittering jewel in the crown of Sydney’s GLBTQ social calendar, the Ball is a fundraiser for Aurora’s charitable giving program for projects throughout New South Wales. Through fundraising efforts at these events, we have awarded $70,000 this year as part of our grants program, providing vital financial support to our community’s organisations.

Simply titled “The Ball”, Aurora promises another spectacular night celebrating the opulent and sublime, with indulgent food and wine, rich music, shimmering performances, revelry and mischief. In keeping with Aurora tradition, the ball will take place in late June to mark International Stonewall Day.

After the success of last years’ Youth initiative, Aurora is once again offering a discounted table to guests aged 30 and under who have never witnessed the spectacle of an Aurora Ball. Ten tickets will be made available at a reduced rate of $160 so that younger members of our community can experience this wonderful event and opportunity to support a locally focussed cause.
The Aurora Group is pleased to confirm that food and wine partners Bayleaf Catering and The Oak Barrel are back on board for this year’s Annual Ball, in addition to event partner Radisson Blue Hotel Sydney.

Tickets to the Ball are $235 and are on sale now. Corporate and Community tables are also available. Tickets are limited, and booking early is strongly recommended due to quick sell-outs in the past. For bookings people should email bookings@auroragroup.com.au or call (02) 8323 4041. Further information is available at www.auroragroup.com.au.

“This year we took inspiration from Masquerades and Masked Balls of the past, exploring concepts of disguise and mystery; we’re very excited to offer our guests another lavish and exciting experience with a stellar line up of performers,” says Wayne Cox, Events Director of the Aurora Group.
So come vogue with us while raising funds for the many worthwhile causes supported by Aurora, we hope to see you all there, even if we don’t recognise you straight away, (wink).

Media Contact:

Katie Hoskins

0423 506 404

katie@auroragroup.com.au.

Aurora’s small grants program makes a big difference

Numerous GLBT projects across NSW will receive funding of up to $5000 to continue their vital work thanks to the Aurora Group’s 2013-14 small grants program.

The annual program takes applications from charitable organisations seeking funds for work focused on benefitting the GLBT community in NSW and who do not receive regular funding for their programs from government or community fundraising.

This year $30, 000 has been awarded in small grants in addition to a general grant of $10,000 to ACON to assess the needs of GLBT people with disability and improve training for disability service providers.

Small grant recipients include:

  • The Gender Centre to create a short film and workshop transphobic bullying in schools
  • headspace Newcastle for a youth support group
  • The Benevolent Society to fund a story book depicting GLBTQI foster carer families
  • Cancer Council to assist in building an online peer support community for gay men with prostate cancer
  • Twenty10 to support Camp Out’s overnight ‘camp’ experience for young people, who would benefit from peer support, health and community education and advocacy
  • Felix Foundation for a film of William Yang’s social archive of the GLBT community going back to the 70s; and
  • Youth Health Services in Bankstown and Fairfield Liverpool to provide knowledge and skills around sexual health and mental health relevant to LGBTIQ young people.

The funds are raised through the generosity of Aurora supporters who donate through regular giving programs or by attending Aurora’s fabulous fundraising events such as Fat Tuesday, this year held on Tuesday 11 February at Slide on Oxford Street.

Guests of this year’s Fat Tuesday will be excited to learn that Australian music theatre’s leading man Michael Cormick will be performing on the evening,.

Cormick is known to Australian and international audiences as a consummate singer and actor. He has played lead roles in many musicals including: Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Time, Into the Woods, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Falsettos, Tivoli, Grease and The Beast in Beauty and the Beast (for which he received a MO Award).

Wayne Cox, Aurora Event Director said, “Michael will be a treat for Fat Tuesday supporters and provide the perfect musical complement to this night of indulgence. There will be more performers announced soon so watch this space!”

Ticket price is $125, which is inclusive of a top class three-course dinner, pre dinner drinks and canapés, wine throughout the evening provided by Oak Barrel and a fabulous line-up of entertainment. Author, commentator and TV personality Andrew Mercado is returning to host the evening after being a big hit with guests last year.

Bookings are limited and Fat Tuesday is set to be another sell out.

For media enquiries contact: Katie Hoskins: 0423 506404 / katie@auroragroup.com.au

Fat Tuesday bookings:  Phone (02) 8323 4041 or email bookings@auroragroup.com.au
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Andrew Mercado returns to host Fat Tuesday 2014

We are thrilled to announce that author, commentator and TV personality Andrew Mercado is returning to host Fat Tuesday in 2014.

Tickets are selling fast so book now to avoid missing out – now in its seventh year, we will celebrate Fat Tuesday in style (also known as Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day and the literal French translation Mardi Gras). Traditionally the date is a ‘last hurrah’ before lent begins; in any case it’s a fantastic excuse to indulge.

Ticket price is $125, which is inclusive of a top class three-course dinner, pre dinner drinks and canapés, wine throughout the evening and a fabulous line-up of entertainment which we can’t wait to share with you.

Aurora wine partner Oak Barrel will once again be generously providing a selection of wines.

Book now by emailing bookings@auroragroup.com.au or calling 02 8323 4041.

Shine a light on your LGBTI community heroes

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Members of NSW’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTI) community are being encouraged to nominate people and organisations whose work or achievements deserve to be recognised at NSW’s annual LGBTI community awards. 

Now in their seventh year, the Honour Awards are an annual gala fundraising event for LGBTI community initiatives supported by leading LGBT community charity Aurora and by ACON, NSW’s leading LGBTI health and HIV/AIDS organisation.

Nominations for the Awards open today. Nominations can be submitted in six categories covering the business, health, education, community, legal, political, media and cultural sectors. For the first time, this year’s Awards include a Young Leader category to recognise contributions and achievements of LGBTI people under 30 years of age. Nominations are free and can be submitted on the Honour website (www.honourawards.com.au). There is also a range of gifts and prizes to be won.

Aurora Chair Adam Niewand says the Honour Awards provide a valuable opportunity to pay tribute to people and organisations that are making a difference in the lives of LGBTI people in NSW.

“The Honour Awards are all about celebrating how people from all walks of life are helping or inspiring others in our community,” Mr Niewand says. “So we’re inviting community members to nominate people or organisations they feel have provided leadership or achieved outstanding success within the LGBTI community or have provided excellent service or made a significant contribution to the LGBTI community.

ACON President Mark Orr says the Honour Awards is about recognising and celebrating all kinds of achievements and contributions. “Every day, people and organisations from right across our community are helping others in all kinds of ways, and the Honour Awards is about acknowledging all kinds of community service, whether big or small,” Mr Orr says.

“As a community, it’s important that we shine a light on our unsung heroes as well as our more high profile achievers, so we’re keen to hear about people and organisations who have made a difference in the lives of only a few people as well those whose contributions are more wide-ranging. They can be people or organisations who directly help others, whose work is improving the wellbeing of our community, or whose achievements are inspiring people in our community.”

This year’s awards will be presented at a gala ceremony and cocktail party at The Ivy in Sydney on Thursday 19 September. Three finalists from each category will join a host of government, media, entertainment and community personalities for a fabulous night of fun and festivity. Guests will also be able to bid on a range of amazing silent auction items including: a luxury holiday for two to South Africa; a luxury Byron Bay holiday; diamond jewellery; art; furniture; and 5-star dining, accommodation and entertainment packages.

WHAT:              Honour 2013 – Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Party

WHERE:           Sun Room, The Ivy, 330 George St, Sydney

WHEN:             Thursday 19 September 2013

TIME:               7pm – 11pm

COST:              $85 per person (inc. quality wines and beers, delicious canapés and fabulous entertainment)

INFO/TIX:         www.honourawards.com.au

 

Community Partners

Aurora Group | Sydney Gay and Lesbian Business Association | Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras | SX Magazine

Event Partners

South African Tourism | Merivale | GLYDE Health | Pink Media | Jai Evans PR | Points Of Difference Events | Brenden Spencer

 

Media contact:  Michael Badorrek, ACON Media and Communications Manager

T: (02) 9206 2001     M: 0400 358 109     E: mbadorrek@acon.org.au

Aurora becomes honour-able member

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Leading LGBT community charity Aurora has become a new partner of the Honour Awards, NSW’s annual event recognising achievements within and contributions to the LGBTI community.

Aurora will now be a co-beneficiary of proceeds from the gala fundraising event in September which will now raise money to fund LGBTI community initiatives supported by Aurora and by ACON, NSW’s leading LGBTI health and HIV/AIDS organisation.

Aurora Chair Adam Niewand says the new partnership will help Aurora increase the support it can provide to LGBT related causes. “Aurora is delighted to be partnering with ACON on this wonderful event for NSW’s LGBTI community,” Mr Niewand says.

“Over the last few years, the Honour Awards has become an important event on the LGBTI community calendar. Not only is it an inspirational celebration of our community, it’s also a fabulously fun cocktail event with a great silent auction and some special celebrity guests, so it fits really well with Aurora’s vision and personality.

“We’re thrilled that through this new fundraising partnership with the Honour Awards, Aurora will be able to help more people in our community by increasing the financial support we provide to a range of LGBTI community initiatives.”

ACON President Mark Orr says the new partnership will help the Honour Awards continue to grow as a community and fundraising event. “The Honour Awards and Aurora are both about celebrating our community, and about people coming together to help others in our community,” Mr Orr says.

“A partnership between the two brings significant benefits to both and we’re delighted to be developing the Honour Awards as a key event for our community by broadening its purpose and appeal. Aurora now joins the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Business Association, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and SX Magazine as community partners of the Honour Awards and we look forward to involving even more organisations in the future.”

Nominations for this year’s Awards open on Monday 29 July and can be submitted in six categories covering the business, health, education, community, legal, political, media and cultural sectors. Nominations are free and can be submitted on the Honour website (www.honourawards.com.au). There is also a range of prizes to be won.

This year’s awards will be presented at a gala ceremony and cocktail party at The Ivy in Sydney on Thursday 19 September. Three finalists from each category will join a host of media, entertainment and community personalities for a fabulous night of fun and festivity.

 

WHAT:              Honour 2013 – Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Party

WHERE:           Sun Room, The Ivy, 330 George St, Sydney

WHEN:             Thursday 19 September 2013

TIME:               7pm – 11pm

COST:              $85 per person (inc. quality wines and beers, delicious canapés and fabulous entertainment)

INFO/TIX:         www.honourawards.com.au

 

Community Partners

Aurora Group | Sydney Gay and Lesbian Business Association | Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras | SX Magazine

Event Partners

South African Tourism | Merivale | GLYDE Health | Pink Media | Jai Evans PR | Points Of Difference Events | Brenden Spencer

 

Contact:  Michael Badorrek, ACON Marketing, Communications and Fundraising Manager

T: (02) 9206 2001     M: 0400 358 109     E: mbadorrek@acon.org.au

Auction Prizes: 2013 Annual Ball

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Take a look at the fantastic Live and Silent auction items at this years Ball. If you are not going to be at the Ball but would like to bid on one of the items, perhaps you have a friend attending who can bid on your behalf.

Live Auction

 

A wedding in New Zealand during Gay Ski Week QT

Are you looking for the right time and place to marry your beloved? Well here is your chance and where better than on the snowy slopes of Queenstown.

You’ll have the beautiful deck at The Rydges Queenstown with its stunning views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu to say your vows and make your relationship official with Queenstown Marriage Celebrant Phillipa Cook.

You will also have two nights accommodation at The Rydges Queenstown and if you want to invite your friends and family, they’ll do reduced rates for them.

In addition to this, you’ll receive two passes from Gay Ski Week QT to the MoreFm Opening Party and to La Cage Aux Folles which take place on Saturday 31st August and Sunday 1st September 2013.

Now all you have to do is get your loved one to say yes!

Date of the wedding to be chosen but must be taken during Gay Ski Week QT.

With thanks to Gay Ski Week QT and Rydges Queenstown

 

Marc Chagall “Apparition at the Circus”, 1963

Colour lithograph from Chigall’s “Lithographe II” portfolio. Chagall was renowned for his artistic celebration of romance and depictions of the mystical worlds of lovers, musicians and artists.

With thanks to Adam Chimes, Chase Gallery 

 

A pair of custom designed 18ct gold, diamond set, wedding or commitment rings to the value of $10,000

Located in the beautiful Strand Arcade in Sydney’s central business district, Mondial by Nadia Neuman is part of a family business that has been delighting customers for over 50 years with handcrafted one-of-a-kind creations centred around rare and exquisite pink and coloured diamonds. Award-winning jewellery designer Nadia Neuman’s distinctive contemporary style and love of rare and exquisite coloured diamond jewellery has ensured her striking pieces are sought after by leading fashion publications and celebrities both here in Australia and overseas. Nadia will sit with the lucky winning bidder and design the rings to truly reflect their personality and style.
With thanks to Mondial by Nadia Neuman

 

 

A private dance class for five people with Carmelo Pizzino

Carmelo Pizzino, of Dancing with the Stars fame, will show you his sexy dance moves as he teaches a 90 minute ballroom dance class for five people. It can be in your own home in Sydney Metro or a dance studio in central Sydney.

With thanks to Carmelo Pizzino

 

Money Can’t Buy New Year’s Eve

You and a friend will be guests at the Lord Mayor’s New Year’s Eve Party at the Sydney Opera House – you can’t buy tickets to this event! Our Creative Ambassador this year is an Australian icon. He’s a gifted artist, well known for his ground breaking work with Mambo Australia and for his contribution to the music industry through bands Mental As Anything and Dog Trumpet.

With thanks to City of Sydney

 

Dinner party for 10 by Bayleaf Catering

Love entertaining? Want a chance to spend time with your guests rather than in the kitchen? Here’s your chance! This package includes a scrumptious meal for 10 people, prepared in your home by Aurora caterers, Bayleaf Catering who will work with you to develop a 3 course meal for your guests to enjoy. The meal will be accompanied by a mixed dozen of lovely wines from Aurora partner, Oak Barrel. (Subject to availability).

With thanks to Bayleaf Catering

 

 

Silent Auction

Yesterday Once More’ – The Ultimate Walk-in Facelift™ by SkinDNA Clinics worth $4, 500

A series of advanced treatments specifically designed to turn back to years tailored to your needs and performed by Sydney’s only clinic staffed by mature, experienced technicians. The treatment plan is performed over four treatments 3-4 weeks apart.  For full details of the treatment plan and what it entails, please see the fact sheet at the silent auction table.

With thanks to SkinDNA Clinics

 

 

$1000 towards a private party at Velluto Champagne and Wine Bar

Velluto Champagne and Wine Bar is a sophisticated cocktail lounge in the heart of Potts Point Sydney. With a dark and sumptuous private club atmosphere of antique furniture, gilded mirrors, polished wood and subdued lighting, VELLUTO is found behind a lushly draped black velvet curtain. You and your guests will enjoy premium cocktail canapé catering by BECKER MINTY Bespoke Dining (value $500) and a VELLUTO bar tab (value $500), making it a night to remember.

With thanks to Velluto Champagne and Wine Bar and Becker Minty Bespoke DIning

 

Custom designed, 18ct white, yellow or rose gold, wedding or commitment rings worth $5000

Located in the beautiful Strand Arcade in Sydney’s central business district, Mondial by Nadia Neuman is part of a family business that has been delighting customers for over 50 years with handcrafted one-of-a-kind creations centred around rare and exquisite pink and coloured diamonds. Award-winning jewellery designer Nadia Neuman’s distinctive contemporary style and love of rare and exquisite coloured diamond jewellery has ensured her striking pieces are sought after by leading fashion publications and celebrities both here in Australia and overseas. Nadia will sit with the lucky winning bidder and design the rings to truly reflect their personality and style.
With thanks to Mondial by Nadia Neuman

 

Join Sandra Bullock on the Red Carpet at the Australian Premiere of her new movie Heat

Exclusive VIP passes to the premiere of the new 20th Century Fox movie Heat on Tuesday 2nd July.  The star of the film, Sandra Bullock, will be in attendance.

With thanks to Jordan Bradley and Twentieth Century Fox

 

Waterfront Northern NSW Beach Holiday in rustic cottage

7 nights’ accommodation in a beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom rustic cottage on the waterfront which sleeps 6 in Sawtell, just south of Coffs Harbour. A chance to walk on the beach, watch a movie at the art deco cinema or do nothing but watch the sunset!

With thanks to Zoe Davis.

 

Five massages from Zenith Wellbeing

5 pack of massages from ‘masseur to the stars’ Donald Campbell, Zenith Wellbeing. Donald has a reputation for delivering a premium service; every client receives personal attention and a customised approach to their needs. With thanks to Zenith Wellbeing

 

Macaron making demonstration for ten people

One lucky bidder will discover the secrets of Sydney’s best macarons in a private, interactive macaron demonstration with the founders of MakMak. This exclusive one hour demonstration for up to 10 guests can be held in your own kitchen or in MakMak’s kitchen in Newtown. Timeout Magazine recently declared MakMak’s macarons to be Sydney’s best in a blind tasting by some of Sydney’s top chefs, including Christine Manfield and Peter Gilmore.
With thanks to MakMak

 

A jewelled headband from Kerrie Stanley Millinery personally signed by Olivia Newton-John

Melbourne based Milliner and Hair & Makeup Artist Kerrie Stanley is Australia’s most awarded Milliner. Kerrie’s very individual and elegant hats are considered the ‘must have’ item at race days and special events around the country. Kerrie also has an extensive career in Hair & Makeup Styling and can work with you to create a perfect look for your special occasion. Kerrie Stanley works at That Perfect Day studio in Prahran Melbourne.

With thanks to Kerrie Stanley Millinery

 

A Civil Ceremony from Rainbow Ceremonies

A simply stunning civil ceremony of your choice from Cath Hogan, Civil Celebrant of Rainbow Ceremonies worth $800. This could be a Wedding Ceremony, Naming Day Ceremony, Funeral Service (Life Celebration), Renewal of Vows or a Commitment Ceremony.

With thanks to Cath Hogan, Rainbow Ceremonies

 

High Above’ an oil painting on canvas by Malcolm Poole.

Malcolm Poole has works held in London University Collection, and private collections in UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand and U.S.A

Malcolm is also the instigator and currently the manager of the Lennox Street Studios in Newtown, which comprises 40 artist studio spaces in a formerly disused Catholic school building. The idea to create an arts studio environment came to Malcolm after he graduated. He found it difficult to find a suitable studio space at a reasonable cost, one, which would allow him to further develop his skills in an artistic environment.

The canvas is 340 x 540mm, framed 500 x 650mm.

With thanks to Malcolm Poole

 

Pablo Picasso “The Pike”, 1961

Original black & white lithograph from Picasso’s “A Los Toros” series. This is an extremely rare artwork from a limited edition of only 125. “A Los Toros” was a tribute to the bullfight. As a child, Picasso was taken to the bullfight by his father and it became an obsession which haunted his memory. Picasso saw himself as a Picador (bullfighter) in his own life. Like Picasso, the Picador was a man at war with himself, with the bull, with his family and with life – and without caring for any other things.

With thanks to Adam Chimes, Chase Gallery

Salvador Dali “The Guardians of the Valley of the Princes” Purgatory Canto 8, 1963

An original colour woodblock engraving from Dali’s “Divine Comedy” suite. The suite, comprised of 101 water colours, contains incredible imagery ranging from the grotesque to the sublime as our artist follows Dante from the deepest circles of Hell, up the mountain of Purgatory, and into heavenly Paradise. Dali himself thought this suite to be one of the most important of his career and it is considered by many today to be his most incredible and notable work.

With thanks to Adam Chimes, Chase Gallery

 

Salvador Dali “Charon” Inferno Canto 3, 1963

An original colour woodblock engraving from Dali’s “Divine Comedy” suite. The suite, comprised of 101 water colours, contains incredible imagery ranging from the grotesque to the sublime as our artist follows Dante from the deepest circles of Hell, up the mountain of Purgatory, and into heavenly Paradise. Dali himself thought this suite to be one of the most important of his career and it is considered by many today to be his most incredible and notable work.

With thanks to Adam Chimes, Chase Gallery

 

Corporate Culture – PK1 designer chair by Poul Kjaerholm

The classic PK1 chair by Poul Kjaerholm designed back in 1956.

PK1 is a side chair reduced to the ultimate. The framework is welded steel tube. The structure with its limited, fine-tuned details is fully visible.

It is a quintessential Poul Kjærholm universal chair combining a tight steel body and subtle natural materials in the seating.

The bold, minimalist design is witness to the trust that existed between designer and manufacturer.
With thanks to Richard Munao from Corporate Culture

 

 

Marc Chagall “Woman Juggler”, 1960

An original colour lithograph from Chagall’s “Lithographel” portfolio. Marc Chagall was renowned for his artistic celebration of romance and depictions of mystical worlds of lovers, musicians and artists.

With thanks to Adam Chimes, Chase Gallery

Georges Braque “The Rooster”, 1952

Colour lithograph from a special edition of the deluxe art review “Verve”. Georges Braque was a major 20th century French painter and a pioneer of the Cubist art movement. Inspired by the birds that he had seen soaring in the sky above him while he hid from World War II in the Limousin and the Pyrenees, birds became a symbol of liberty and freedom to Braque.

With thanks to Adam Chimes, Chase Gallery

 

Pablo Picasso “Girls and Monkey”, 1954

Colour lithograph from Picasso’s “Human Comedy” series. In this series, Picasso depicts himself as the circus leader, the king, the painter and the adored clown. Dated in the plate.

With thanks to Adam Chimes, Chase Gallery

 

There will also be a fabulous raffle with amazing prizes such as a six course degustation dinner for four at Buon Ricardo, a weekend away wine tasting in the Hunter Valley, dinners at Ananas Bar and Brasserie and Kepos Street Kitchen, tickets to see Persona at The Belvoir Theatre and many more brilliant prizes.

 

Joey Arias and Brendan Maclean to join Aurora’s all-star line up at ‘Yesterday Once More’

The Aurora Ball ‘Yesterday Once More’, on Saturday 22 June, just keeps getting better.

Performance artist, cabaret singer and drag artist Joey Arias will be joining, all the way from New York City. Arias has performed at Carnegie Hall, emceed for Cirque de Soleil and channelled Billie Holiday and promises a performance to remember.

Aurora favourite Brendan Maclean will also take to the stage at Sydney Town Hall, fresh from his role as Klipspringer in The Great Gatsby. Guest will love his signature brand of flamboyant and authentic live performance.

They join Sydney show queen Trevor Ashley, the Carpenters from Kempsey, keynote speaker Magda Szubanski and host Gretel Killeen for an unforgettable night.

Aurora is also thrilled to announce that Radisson Blu Hotel have come on board this year as an event partner for the 2013 Aurora Ball. This partnership will greatly assist Aurora’s fundraising and to therefore support more vital GLBT projects across New South Wales.

There will be some fantastic prizes in the auction and raffle on the night. Celeb spotters might be interested in tickets to the Australian premiere of Heat with the star of the film Sandra Bullock in attendance or perhaps the private ballroom dance class for four with Carmelo Pizzino (Dancing with the Stars). For those who want to continue the ‘yesterday once more’ theme a ‘Turn Back Time’ package from Skin DNA might appeal. There is a fantastic array of artwork including an original black & white lithograph from Picasso’s “A Los Toros” series, an extremely rare artwork from a limited edition of only 125 and Marc Chagall “Woman Juggler”, 1960 an original colour lithograph from Chagall’s “Lithographel” portfolio.

Food and wine lovers will love the fabulous dinners on offer along with tickets to Gay4Play’s Hunter Valley Wine Tour Chard!! Champ!! Camp!! and a macaron making demonstration for ten people at MakMak, the makers of the best macarons in Sydney. Or if you are thinking of popping the question soon, you may want to bid on a civil ceremony of choice from Rainbow Ceremonies. Many more exciting prizes are still to be confirmed!

Aurora has sold out all available tickets for the 2013 Annual Ball but interested people can put their names on the waiting by emailing bookings@auroragroup.com.au. Anyone wishing to support Aurora or find out more can go to www.auroragroup.com.au


For more information please contact Katie Hoskins on 0423 506 404 katie@auroragroup.com.au.

Magda Szubanski announced as keynote speaker for Annual Ball!

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The Aurora Group are thrilled to announce that much-loved comedic actress Magda Szubanski will be keynote speaker at the Aurora Annual Ball on Saturday 22 June at Sydney Town Hall.

Award winning Magda won hearts worldwide through her portrayal of Sharon in hit television series Kath and Kim and in addition to several other television and film roles, she is well-known for her marriage equality advocacy. “I am absolutely honoured to be Keynote Speaker at this year’s Annual Aurora Ball. Aurora supports so many vital organisations in the LGBT community and I feel great pride to be joining the Aurora family.” says Magda.

Magda joins an already stellar line-up at the Ball including acclaimed entertainer and human rights supporter Gretel Killeen as host, performances from Sydney Show Queen Trevor Ashley, a hysterical sing-a-long trip down memory lane with The Carpenters from Kempsey and more still to be announced. Aurora Chairman Adam Niewand says, “Magda is the perfect choice to be a keynote speaker at this year’s Aurora Annual Ball. As well as her hilarious wit, insight and intelligence, most importantly she is someone who can speak from the heart as a person who has faced many of the challenges in life that our LGBT community can so closely relate to. We are so excited that she will be joining the Aurora family at the Ball and it will be a truly fantastic evening.”

The Aurora Ball is a key event on the Sydney social calendar, and guests are treated to a glamorous night of entertainment along with champagne, cocktails and canapés on arrival, a wonderful three course meal and free flowing wine provided by Aurora Wine partner Oak Barrel throughout the night. This year’s theme ‘Yesterday once More’, will transport guests back to a time when the Sydney Town Hall played host to bohemian artists’ balls.

The Aurora Annual Ball is a fundraiser for Aurora’s charitable grants programs, for GLBT projects across New South Wales. More than $30,000 raised through Aurora events has been given to a range of vital organisations as part of the 2012–13 Small Grants program.

Tickets to the dinner are $225, Corporate and Community tables are also available. For the first time, Aurora is offering ten tickets at a reduced rate of $150 to guests 30 and under, who have never been to an Aurora Ball before. Tickets are limited, and booking early is strongly recommended. Further information is available at www.auroragroup.com.au. and to book, people can email bookings@auroragroup.com.au or call (02) 8323 4041.

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