2010 Australia Day Ball Report by Kiren Richardson

02 Mar 2010 10:38 PM | Deleted user

                                 

2010 Australia Day Ball Report by Kiren Richardson

 

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KEZ_8053.JPGDressed to kill, scores of Tokyo’s finest turned out for the annual Australia Day Ball, with a Bond-esque “From Down Under with Lovetheme, on Friday, January 29.

 

Around 270 guests mingled over martinis (shaken, of course), Champagne and canapés and looked over auction items as the evening of intrigue and entertainment kicked off at the Grand Hyatt’s Grand Ballroom in Roppongi.

 

As they moved into the stylishly decorated dining room, Sydney-based cover band Jelly Bean Jam set the mood with a 007 theme medley. Renowned Japanese belly dancer Huyela delighted the crowd and whet appetites with a sultry performance before the first course was served.

 

 

The meal featured an array of mouthwatering dishes, including gold-speckled risotto and succulent beef, accompanied by a selection of outstanding wines. A pear and kiwi pudding drew the courses to a delicious close.

 

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Guest of honor Alistair Murray McLean OAM, Australian Ambassador to Japan, gave a brief welcome and led a lively rendition of the Australian national anthem. Lucky door prize winners were drawn, followed by the raffle winners. More than 700 raffle tickets were sold, raising an estimated ¥700,000. A wonderful spur of the moment gesture, initiated by one of the ball guests, of collecting spare change in his top hat, led to another ¥20,000 in donations for this year’s charity, local orphanage Fukudenkai (www.fukudenkai.or.jp)

 

 

After dinner, the live auction created a whirl of bidding competition across the room over several fabulous one-of-a-kind items, which were showcased by the glamorous, golden Bond girls. After the final item was sold to the highest bidder, guests danced the hours away to popular hits played with gusto by Jelly Bean Jam.

 

Midnight struck and, as other parties across town packed up and guests headed for last trains and taxis home, the Aussie Ball remained in full swing. Guests refueled with a special late-night snack of meat pies, sausage rolls and sweets brought in from Australia.

 

The merriment finally concluded around 2 a.m., with a handful of energetic partygoers heading out to other venues in the neighborhood.

 

The Australia Society Tokyo would like to offer its heartfelt thanks to primary sponsor Qantas, platinum sponsors Allied Pickford, American Airlines, ANZ Banking Corporation, Grand Hyatt, ANA Intercontinental Tokyo, Meat and Livestock Australia, National Australia Bank, Peninsula and Sin Den and all the others who generously supported this fundraising effort and other regular events throughout 2009 and the start of this year. The ball raised more than ¥3million for Fukudenkai.

 

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