One Night in Shanghai Raises over $200,000 for Homeless Youth

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The Property Industry Foundation (PIF) is pleased to announce that it has raised $210,000 (net) for homeless young people from its sell-out Annual Charity Ball on Friday 25 July.

Sponsored by Ganellen, the ‘Once Upon A Time In Shanghai’ themed night saw close to 500 guests comprising property and construction leaders come together at the Hilton Hotel in Sydney, to help raise funds to build the next “PIF House” partnering with Parramatta City Council – a much needed special home for homeless young people, under the care of Marist Youth Care.

“We are incredibly thankful for the continued support that we receive from the property and construction industry in helping us raise awareness and funds for at risk youth. We successfully surpassed this year’s target amount and look forward to being able to use the funds raised to help young people at risk,” said Rosemary Smithson, National Chief Executive Officer of PIF.

There were a variety of silent auction items on offer for guests to bid on throughout the night which included 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 Years Eve party at the Sydney Opera House.

A number of hotly contested prizes were on offer for the live auctions which raised $74,200 (net) for the Foundation. These included a trip on Greg Paramor’s private train carriage on the Indian Pacific which fetched $11,750, an Ultimate Woolworths Experience which fetched $10,500, advertising space donated by Fairfax Media which fetched $20,000, a three course lunch on the luxury Kokomo II which fetched $16,250 and a day on Andrew Wenhem’s Southern Excellence II Yacht which fetched $11,000.

Returning as Master of Ceremonies for the night was special guest Andrew Daddo and leading auctioneer David Scholes who donated his time for the evening. The event was complimented by a myriad of performances including The Burlesque Experience – a tribute to the Shanghai days of the 1930’s and The High Rollers Big Band.

Last year’s Annual Charity Ball raised $200,000 (net) which provided funding for the Foundation’s next 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.


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