Doing it in style: PIF Ball raises over $260,000

Doing it in style: PIF Ball raises over $260,000


This year’s PIF Charity Ball had it all: aerialists that amazed us with their gymnastics high above the crowd, amazing food and wine, and the band had everyone up dancing. Our guest of honour was none other than Truman Capote, author of Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  We relived Capote’s infamous 1966 Black & White Ball - and in the process raised over $260,000 net to build more homes for homeless youth. The stellar evening was generously sponsored by Ganellen.

The dapper crowd was also entertained by dancers and the charity auction action.  The auction included superb prizes such as the Luxury Italian Villa Stay for 6 and the ever-popular Boardroom Lunch with Industry Leaders. The Live Auction raised $74,000 net with the Silent Auction raising $46,000 net.

Rebekah Martin will be flying high after winning our Charity Raffle prize: a trip for two to the Maldives after winning our raffle. The raffle itself raised $27,000 net.

However, the generosity of the room did not stop there with a further $21,000 being raised through pledges.

We heard powerful words from our guest speakers about the issue of homelessness and PIF’s mission to build homes.  

PIF CEO Kate Mills showed the PIF Houses around the country under construction and completed as we rocket toward our goal of 125 bedrooms by 2021. She spoke of the twin pillars of generosity and collaboration that we have with the industry. 

“That’s where the magic of PIF happens,” she said. 

Chris Ahern, Commercial Director, Ganellen, spoke powerfully about a young man he knows who, crushed by family breakdown and the suicide of his father, turned to a life of crime. Chris spoke of the benefit the man might have received ealy in his life from the caring environment of a PIF House. 

Our NSW Chair Steve Gatt also spoke emotively, asking the audience to imagine if their own children were homelessness. 

We also heard from Amy, a young woman who escaped abuse at home to find a path to a new life at PIF House Dulwich Hill.  

Photo: guests at one of the tables hosted by Principal Sponsor of the Ball, Ganellen.

You can help us year-round to build homes for homeless youth. If you like what PIF does, then consider signing up to be a regular donor and get us even closer to our goal of 125 bedrooms by 2021. Click here.

Save the date for the next PIF Ball on 10 July, 2020, at The Star Casino!

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