The Property Industry Foundation (PIF) raised a total of $210,000 at its
sell-out Annual Charity Ball recently. The funds will help build the next PIF
house for homeless young people.
Sponsored by Ganellen, the 'Once Upon A Time In Shanghai' themed night
saw close to 500 guests comprising of property and construction leaders come
together at the Hilton Hotel in Sydney, to help raise funds for the home.
The shelter will be built in partnership with Parramatta City Council to
house homeless young people under the care of Marist Youth Care.
Thanking the property and construction industry for their support in
helping PIF raise awareness and funds for at-risk youth, Rosemary Smithson,
National Chief Executive Officer of PIF said that they were able to successfully
cross this year's target amount.
Guests at the charity ball participated in bidding for a variety of
silent auction items throughout the night, including a priceless experience at
Hidden Italy's Clinque Terre, an exclusive dining experience at the ARIA
kitchen table and tickets to the Lord Mayor's New Year’s Eve party at the
Sydney Opera House.
A number of hotly contested prizes were on offer for the live auctions,
which raised $74,200 for the Foundation. These included a trip on Greg
Paramor’s private train carriage on the Indian Pacific, an Ultimate Woolworths
Experience, advertising space donated by Fairfax Media, a three course lunch on
the luxury Kokomo II and a day on Andrew Wenhem’s Southern Excellence II Yacht.
Andrew Daddo was the Master of Ceremonies for the night with leading
auctioneer David Scholes donating his time for the evening.
Last year's Annual Charity Ball raised $200,000, which provided funding
for the Foundation’s charity building project with proceeds supporting housing
and home-care for young people taking part in the Foundation's employment
program ‘Rebuild a Young Life’ initiative.