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DVCS Blue and White Gala Ball

Georgia Mackay

The Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS) is holding its annual Blue and White Gala Ball on Saturday 19 March.

DVCS is a community organisation that seeks to address violence and abuse in family and intimate partner relationships and to promote respect in these relationships. DVCS hosts their annual Gala Ball with hopes of increasing awareness of the issue of domestic, family and intimate partner violence while also increasing the awareness of their programs which run here in Canberra for the local community. The night is also used as a small fundraiser to assist with payment of emergency accommodation and other programs the service offers.

“We will be seeking pledges to pay for accommodation as we have a small budget to pay for emergency accommodation but it’s never enough,” says Alanna Davis, Administration & Marketing Manager at DVCS. “Last year we got about $40,000 in pleges and we’re certainly looking to top that program up again.”

DVCS provides a variety of services from crisis intervention, court support, family violence intervention programs, young people’s outreach program, community education and support groups as well as a 24/7-crisis line. Last year’s ball raised enough money to provide emergency accommodation for families escaping violence and care packs for adults, children and babies as well as money to top up other support programs.

“Otherwise we’ll use the money raised in our support group and for our young people’s outreach program and to help families once the crisis is over and once they’re safe,” says Alanna.

This year, tickets will cost $219.96 or $2,253.95 for a table of ten. Each ticket will include entry, three course meal, beverages and entertainment. The money raised this year will go towards the emergency accommodation budget, which will provide picnics and outings for the children who are part of the Young People’s Outreach Program and additional funding to run more support groups.

“The highlights of the night will definitely be Christine Anu performing,” says Alanna, “and certainly Shane Jacobson as MC for the night. Shane has already made a commitment to do some work with Our Watch, and Christine has come out and spoken about her experiences with domestic and family violence. We’ll also have three of our Champions there, including Amanda Whitley, Adam Shirley and Alan Tongue and hopefully some of the Brumbies will be there as well.”

DVCS invite you to be part of the change towards a safer community all while enjoying comic MC, Shane Jacobson with special guest entertainer Christine Anu.

The night will also include silent and live auctions as well as DJSal to help you dance the night away. The dress code is Lounge Suit to Formal, with blue and white optional, but appreciated.

Bookings close on Thursday 10 March so make sure you get your tickets before then

Georgia Mackay

Georgia has just completed her degree in Communications and is excited to have the opportunity to intern with HerCanberra. Georgia was born and bred in Canberra and has a passion for all things fashion, beauty and lifestyle. She also, like many of the HerCanberra girls, enjoys great food and coffee and loves discovering new places to eat and drink in Canberra! Georgia is a true Canberra advocate and is excited about, among other things, the development of the creative scene in our capital. She believes Canberra is an exciting place for people of all ages to be at the moment and thinks it is only getting better. More about the Author