It was a fantastic evening of fine dining and dancing at the Sydney Hilton George Street at the Masquerade Ball on 24th April in support of Soldier On...an Australian Charity that was formed to support ex servicemen and women and their families.
All guests got into the spirit of the occasion and were elegantly dressed including very interesting and beautiful masks....and they came in the mood to enjoy the evening.
Damien Thomlinson is the Ambassador for Soldier On. Damien is an ex commando of the Afghanistan War who lost his legs and sustained numerous injuries. His story is inspirational and all guests listened with bated breath as he recounted his experience starting with why he became a soldier. Damien went on to answer questions, sign copies of his inspirational book "Without Warning" and pose for photographs.
The Defence force was well represented and Captain Raoul Cernaz delivered a very interesting speech on what it is to serve your country.
Music for dancing was provided by the Sri Lankan band BURN with Corrine Almeida and the incomparable Desmond De Silva. Guests were treated to a fantastic selection of popular tunes that had everyone, including Defence personnel on the dance floor till the last tune was played!
Event Organisers Different Marketing also launched Desmond De Silva's Motown CD titled "Signed Sealed Delivered" and fans were able to purchase a limited number of copies.
The Hilton lived up to expectations with their quiet silver service and delicious 3 course plated food. Guests were heard to comment that the dance delivered on all counts.
In this inaugural ball for Soldier On it was pleasing to be able to raise funds through the auction of 3 items and the raffle draw and together with the generous support of Workplace Law a cheque for $5,000 was presented to Soldier On at the end of the night.
On the Hundred Year Anniversary of ANZAC Day the evening ended with the guests standing to observe two minutes silence as the wide screen displayed a field of poppies with the wording "At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them"! The Masquerade Ball was a night to remember!