Masked ball transcends expectations

TASMANIAN disability support provider Mosaic Support Services added an exciting new twist to its annual fundraising program when it hosted its first masquerade ball for staff in October.

Held at Wrest Point Casino, the black-tie event saw more than 130 guests don their finest masks to raise funds for the purchase of much-needed equipment to support people living with disabilities and their families.

The intricate masks were handmade by Mosaic’s clients and available for auction on the night.

Mosaic Support Services chief executive officer Ralph Doedens said the masquerade ball tied in well with the organisation’s name.

“It provided an opportunity for staff members to express their individuality in a creative way,” he said.

“The theme also provided clients an opportunity to be involved with making masks … it added a different element from the standard fundraising balls, which we hoped would attract more public support.”

The festivities kicked off with a performance from the Bright Stars Dance Troupe, followed by an inspirational speech from 2016 Paralympian sailor and Tasmanian Athlete of the Year Matthew Bugg, and 10-year-old Austin Franks, who detailed his relationship with his sister who has a disability.

Acoustic duo “Sean and Tori” and The Weekenders provided musical entertainment, ensuring the dance floor was packed all night.

A total of $19,000 was raised through the event, which Mr Doedens said “surpassed our wildest expectations.”

“The funds have enabled us to purchase a new high-support bed for our respite centre,” he said.

“[They will also] cover the remaining unfunded cost of our Mosaic Arts Festival, provide sensory items for our ‘My Community’ programs and funding for other needed activity equipment used in client programs.

“We are all thankful for the very generous support that we received from all involved in this fabulous event and to those who provided financial support and contributed items for the auction and raffle.

“This type of support enables Mosaic to meet the unfunded cost of equipment and materials needed for our programs.”

For more information about Mosaic Support Services, visit http://mosaictas.org.au.

Caption: Guest speakers at the event, Austin Franks, 10, and 2016 Tasmanian Athlete of the Year, Matthew Bugg. Photo credit: Ken McColl, Stuffinmyeye Photography.

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