A Gala Event
More than 750 Afford clients, their families, carers, staff and sponsors, held their breath as they dived into an underwater fantasy at this year’s Under the Sea Gala Ball held at Le Montage.
Afford Under the Sea transported attendees into a world of whimsy and magic with guests greeted by an underwater mermaid, Sebastian the singing crab, pirate ship, ocean theme electronic motion stage screen, pirates and more. The highlight of the night was a marriage proposal by the sea, with resident Toby proposing to fellow resident Jodie.
The Gala Ball has been a highly anticipated and well attended event for the past four years and still remains the only event of its kind in the sector. The annual gala ball is staged purely as an opportunity for people with disability to celebrate in style, with family, carers and friends.
Project Princess Red Carpet Ready
Thanks to Afford’s Project Princess initiative, some attendees were dressed in stunning formal wear and gowns generously donated by the community and the general public. All attendees sparkled as they walked down the red carpet. Some guests from our ADEs made a huge entrance on a party bus, which was filled with laughter and excitement for the night ahead.
A Magical Performance
We loved that some attendees threw themselves right into the theme by dressing as mermaids, pirates and more! There were some fantastic performances on the night, Brent Street dancers, Sebastian the crab singer, Will Skarpona and Mermaids from Mermaid Tempest and friends.
Clients danced the night away and loved taking photos with our selfie wall and photo booth.
There are many dedicated staff that coordinated this magical event, as well as the many Afford supporters, including major sponsors NAB and Livingstone, who make this Gala Ball possible.
Thank you to all attendees, including our Afford Board member, Mike Allen, staff and, of course, our wonderful clients. The icing on the under the sea cake was a sensational finale to a memorable evening under the sea!