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Northern NSW : Summer 2012-2013
On a night like this With a disco theme, everyone enjoyed dancing the night away to the tunes of Straydogs at the Armidale Ball. Raising more than $25,000, the night was a success due to the dedication and hard work of of the Armidale Support Group, Armidale Ex-Services Club and NSW Member Northern Tablelands, The Hon Richard Torbay MP. The Armidale Ball raised $25,000 for the Service Ball of fun More than 20 years ago the Rescue Helicopter set in motion a tradition of holding formal balls to help raise dollars and awareness of the Service. In 2012 the communities of the Hunter, Central Coast, Mid North Coast, New England and North West regions worked with the Service to hold a number of highly successful events. 20th Anniversary Ball On Friday 14 September, the 20th Anniversary Annual Ball was held at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre raising $195,000. Over the past 20 years the Ball has successfully raised more than $2 million and now attracts 1400 people. The African themed event included acrobatic entertainment from Aerialize, drumming group InRhythm as well as the lively tunes from band, Venus. Emcee Mikey Robins was a hit along with the array of prizes in the renowned Charity Auction. The Ball is a tribute to the outstanding work of the Service’s volunteers and sponsors including Concept Creative Communications, peoplefusion, Sims Metal, Veolia, Domayne, A1 Audio, Tooheys and Drayton’s Family Wines. You know a fundraising event is going to be a success when all 388 tickets are sold within 28 minutes. That’s exactly what happened when tickets went on sale for the Essential Energy Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service Welcome Back Ball. Raising more than $39,000, the event which was held at West Leagues Club on Saturday 20 October received generous support from the local community Special thanks to Naming Sponsor: Essential Energy. Event Partners: Bishop Collins Char tered Accountants, Avro Metaland and Apex Insurance Brokers. Supporters: Wests Entertainment Group, Westpac, Draytons Winery, Tooheys, The Northern Daily Leader, 92.9FM, 2TM and the organising committee. Tamworth celebrates Photo courtesy of Bugsy Plowman Page 18 Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Rescue Summer 2012/2013