Aurora’s Gay Paris raises over $60,000

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The Aurora Group 12th Anniversary Annual Dinner celebrated GAY PARIS in style on Saturday June 25, 2011, at Sydney Town Hall, raising over $60,000 and was attended by 430 key members and supporters of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community.

Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of NSW, and Sir Nicholas Shehadie, were in attendance and gave a warm and thoughtful welcome to guests, as did Clover Moore MP, Lord Mayor of Sydney. A large number of federal and state MP’s, local government representatives, and other special guests were in attendance, including The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP and The Hon. Jillian Skinner MP, NSW Minister for Health, representing Premier Barry O’Farrell, who sent his apologies.

The money raised at the Aurora Dinner will go to Aurora’s ongoing support of its major beneficiaries, the Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service and Twenty10. The Aurora Group will also be calling for community (small) grant submissions in the next 2 months in support of a number of important projects that benefit the GLBT community.

The two highlights of the evening were the performances and also Sydney Town Hall itself, and both didn’t disappoint. Guests arrived on the red carpet with rainbow banners flying out the front of the venue, and the scenic focus was lights to celebrate the City of Lights. The night was hosted by ‘international musical therapist’ Jan Van de Stool, and featured crowd pleasing performances by Paul Capsis, Queenie van de Zandt, burlesque queen Imogen Kelly and France’s ‘first lady of cabaret’ Caroline Nin, whose set included the iconic Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien.

The surprise performance of the evening was Australian entertainment legend Debra Byrne, who made a late night appearance following her evening’s performance in Mary Poppins. Debra performed the signature I Dreamed A Dream from Les Misérables, in which she played Fantine in the original 1988 production. In the ultimate compliment Debra was chosen to sing the role of Fantine in the symphonic recording of Les Miserables, which featured the top performers from productions worldwide.

David Moutou, Chairperson of The Aurora Group said “The Aurora Dinner is our major fundraising event for the year and the Aurora Directors are overjoyed that not only did we showcase French glamour, excellent food, wine and show-stopping entertainment to 430 guests, but raised an exceptional amount of money.”

Paris Fashion Week eat your heart out!

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Trying to decide what to wear to this year’s big event? Well, we’ve done some thinking for you…

From the usual Aurora formal glamour to the joy of the accessory, from Parisian burlesque to the extravagance that brought about a revolution, this year’s Gay Paris Annual Dinner presents many a gorgeous option for your look…themed or otherwise.

For those who love Annual Dinner formal wear – the tuxedo, evening gown, black tie, ruffled shirt, waist coat or cocktail dress – you may like to look at the following:

Clothing hire:
Myer
Roger David Suit Hire
Skin Deep is great for men’s accessories

Vintage clothing stores:
The Vintage Clothing Shop

Maybe you’d like a touch of dress up with a gorgeous accessory for your outfit – a feather, a hat, a fascinator, a piece of jewellery…
Hatworld online store

Thinking wigs? You might want to think visit House of Priscilla.
Check out Photios Brothers for dress trimming, jewellery, feathers etc.

And, of course, don’t forget the eternal stalwarts of queer celebration: places like Lincraft and Spotlight for feathers and costume decoration.

If you’ve a penchant for really dressing up, you may need to pay a visit to one of the following:

THE COSTUME SHOP – WATERLOO AND CBD
19, 198-222 Young Street, Waterloo NSW 2017
Ph: 02 9318

Level 1, 78 Liverpool Street, (Near Sussex Street), Sydney NSW 2000
Ph: 02 9283 0200

Under the Period category are a number of 18th century outfits that would be appropriate. The cute category includes can can, burlesque and French maid. Ring mistress might also suit your style. Josephine and Napoleon are also on the list.

ACE COSTUME HIRE – PETERSHAM
Ace has French maid, Napoleon and can can dancers but only some photos to show the range.

FANCY SHMANCY – BONDI JUNCTION
91 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction
Ph: 02 9389 7155

Here they have a 1600-1800 category including Napoleon, Marie Antoinette, aristocrat. They also have burlesque and show girl.

SNOG THE FROG – SURRY HILLS
10 Hart Street, Surry Hills
Ph: 02 9690 2001

Check out:
17th century male and female
18th century female includes Marie Antoinette options
18th century male includes Napoleon as well as other options which may be popular except for Captain Cook of course. Basic category includes a burlesque outfit

CHRISTINA COSTUMES – COOGEE
15 Havelock Avenue, Coogee

Refer to the French and Burlesque categories: French themed outfits, including French Revolution and Napoleon. There’s a Burlesque category which includes outfits that would definitely be appropriate. Under sexy female, Marie Antoinette could be your thing.

JESTER FANCY DRESS – CARINGBAH
324 The Kingsway, Caringbah 2229
Ph: 02 9525 2855

Check out: Marie Antoinette and French maid under the around the world category; Louis and Napoleon under Medieval/Period. They also have masquerade ball masks that might work depending on the outfit to go with it!

NORTH SHORE COSTUMES – NORTH SYDNEY
158 Pacific Highway, North Sydney 2060
Ph: 02 9957 4394

Please note that the owner of this store is none other than Australian icon – Rita the Eta Eater!
Although the wrong side of the Channel, the Henry VIII and Ann Boleyn could easily be considered French by some.
Not many pictures online but French maid is mentioned and, if in the area, could be worth a pop in as they advertise over 3,000 costumes.

FANCY THAT COSTUME HIRE – CROWS NEST
1st floor, 397 Pacific Highway, Crows Nest
Ph: 02 9906 6135

Burlesque and can can could fit the brief. Through the Ages has a Marie Antoinette look but nothing much for the boys at this venue.

ABC COSTUME HIRE – ARTARMON
Gate 7, 8 Lanceley Place, Artarmon NSW 2064
Ph: 02 8333 5757

Have a look at the 1790s costumes including Louis XV, Josephine, Napoleon; 1700s has bustle dress, French gendarme etc; and under F on the website, there is French renaissance and French maid.

We suggest you check the websites and/or ring for open days and times.

Have fun with these ideas and we look forward to seeing you on June 25th in your best, finest and fanciest!

Aurora Dinner adopts French twist for return to Sydney Town Hall

Gay Paris - The 2011 Aurora Dinner

The Aurora Group is pleased to announce that the 12th annual Aurora Dinner, to be held on Saturday 25 June 2011, will be hosted at the iconic Sydney Town Hall.

“We are very excited that the 2011 Aurora Dinner will be held at the newly refurbished Sydney Town Hall.” said Aurora Chairperson David Moutou. “We have had three fabulous years at Paddington Town Hall, but due to popular demand from our audience, we are returning to the glamorous grand old girl on George Street, the venue for Aurora Dinners from 2001-2007.”

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Ten important GLBT projects supported by Aurora

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Still from the film Tranny Boys by Monique Schafter and Ali Russel
Still from the film Tranny Boys by Monique Schafter and Ali Russel

The Aurora Group is pleased to announce the successful recipients of the 2010/2011 Aurora Small Grants Program in support of a number of important projects that benefit the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community.

This round of successful applicants are exceptional as they are awarded as part of the total of $100,000 in community funding announced by Aurora late last year, to mark its 10th anniversary year.

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All-star cast for Fat Tuesday

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Fat Tuesday

The Aurora Group has announced further details for the upcoming fourth annual instalment of Fat Tuesday, to be held on Tuesday, February 22 at Civic Dining, as part of the 2011 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras season.

Jeremy Brennan (Jersey Boys), Phil Scott (The Wharf Revue), Gabby Millgate (Muriel’s Wedding, Full Frontal), Liesel Badorrek (Six Quick Chicks) and the Carpenters from Kempsey will all be performing on the evening, while Sydney chef Peter Conistis will be the event’s head chef.
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Fat Tuesday Performer Annoucements

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The Aurora Group is pleased to announce further details around the fourth annual instalment of Fat Tuesday, to be held on Tuesday 22 February at Civic Dining, as part of the 2011 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras season.

Aurora is thrilled to announce that Jeremy Brennan (Jersey Boys), Phil Scott (The Wharf Revue), Gabby Millgate (Muriel’s Wedding, Full Frontal), Liesel Badorrek (Six Quick Chicks) and The Carpenters from Kempsey will all be performing on the evening.

Aurora is also delighted to announce the renowned Sydney chef Peter Conistis will be the head chef for the event. Fat Tuesday IV is being held in the gorgeous dining room and cabaret space at Civic Dining, on Level 1 of The Civic, corner of Pitt & Goulburn Streets Sydney.

David Moutou, Aurora Chairperson, says “Fat Tuesday is traditionally a fun, indulgent and festive event where guests are treated to fabulous food in the perfect cabaret setting. We are delighted to announce such remarkable performers to entertain the joyful Aurora crowds.”
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Fat Tuesday

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What: Aurora’s fourth annual indulgence of food, wine and song to mark the traditional date of Mardi Gras, Carnival and Shrove Tuesday.

The theme for the event is 8 on 88. 8 delectable performances and 88 keys (with the baby grand piano taking centre stage. The following performers will appear at the event:

  • Gabby Millgate (Muriel’s Wedding, Full Frontal)
  • Brett Every
  • Lady Sings It Better
  • Christopher Green (Tina C, Ida Barr)
  • Phil Scott (The Wharf Revue)
  • Jeremy Brennan (Jersey Boys),
  • The Carpenters from Kempsey
  • Liesel Knievel (Hard Boiled Lolly, Six Quick Chicks)

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Fat Tuesday to be held at the Civic Dining for the 2011 Mardi Gras season

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The Aurora Group is pleased to present the fourth annual instalment of Fat Tuesday, to be held on Tuesday 22 February at Civic Dining, as part of the 2011 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras season.

Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras) is a traditional feast, celebrated under many different names (including Carnival, Shrove Tuesday and Pancake Day) in a myriad of cultures. Now an established tradition for Aurora, this annual indulgence of food, wine, comedy and song has proved a hit for the past three years.

Aurora is excited to announce that Fat Tuesday IV will be held in the gorgeous dining room and cabaret space at Civic Dining, on Level 1 of The Civic, corner of Pitt & Goulburn Streets Sydney.

David Moutou, Aurora Chairperson, says “Fat Tuesday is traditionally a fun, indulgent and festive event where guests are treated to fabulous food in the perfect cabaret setting. It is one of the most cherished events of the Aurora annual calendar and we are delighted to showcase the event at Civic Dining.”

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Applications close soon for $40,000 in GLBT community grants

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The Aurora Group is encouraging eligible community organisations to apply for grants of up to $5,000 each.

Applications for Aurora’s small grants funding for 2010-2011 close this Friday 26 November.

Up to $40,000 in small grants will be awarded, part of a total of $100,000 in community funding announced by Aurora to mark its 10th anniversary year.

Eligible charitable organisations can find further details of the small grants at Aurora’s website – www.auroragroup.com.au.

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Aurora shows Love Is In The Air with $100k in community grants

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The Aurora Group is marking its 10th anniversary by announcing $100,000 in grants for a number of important NSW GLBT community charities.

This larger-than-usual level of annual and once-off grants is possible due to Aurora’s strong financial position following a number of successful events, continued financial support by Aurora’s donors and careful investment by Aurora.

David Moutou, Aurora Chairperson thanked Aurora’s patrons, donors and partners for their support over the past decade, and this year, during Aurora’s 10th anniversary celebrations.

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