The 2020 SA4SA Bushfire Appeal Gala Dinner took place on the 31st of January and to say it was a success is an understatement!
In an effort to help the South Australian families and businesses affected by the 2019 December bushfires, the Gala Dinner managed to raise $381,340 at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre this past Friday. $279,086 of the money raised on the night will be donated to the SA Bushfire Appeal, which will go directly to those impacted by the fires, with the State Government to absorb all administration costs.
A sum of $102,254 that was raised by auction items donated by Duncan Welgemoed and Tilbrook Estate. This will be divided between two of the Adelaide Hills wineries that were impacted the most, which are Vinteloper and Tilbrook Estate, as well as the South Australian Country Fire Service and the Adelaide Hills Wine Region Fire Appeal.
The Gala Dinner was attended by more than 1,400 people in a black-tie event, which was presented and hosted by Glam Adelaide and Showcase South Australia, and MC’d by Seven News Adelaide Presenters Jane Doyle, Mark Soderstrom and Amelia Mulcahy.
Among the VIP guests who took part in the night included The Honourable Hieu (Hugh) Van Le AC – Governor of South Australia and Mrs Le, The Honourable Steven Marshall MP – Premier of South Australia, The Honourable Vicki Chapman – Attorney General, The Honourable David Ridgeway MLC – Minister for Trade and Investment, Mr Peter Malinauskas – MP Leader of the Opposition and Sandy Verschoor – The Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Adelaide.
The guests were brought together stories and video footage that was shared of the tragedy left by the bushfires and the triumph that was made by the night. A three-course meal was provided for the guests, made up of foods and beverages that celebrated local South Australian businesses and wineries. The night included performances by artists including:
- Kate Fuller and the Boys Club Jazz Band
- Gospo Collective (a preview of their upcoming Fringe show: Jukebox Chorus – The ultimate Australian Playlist)
- Rachael Leahcar performing Smile
- Chunky Custard
- Filip With An F
Guests showed their support on the night through a raffle, as well as the live and silent auctions, which featured a list of
incredible prizes donated from corporates and local businesses. The live auction on the night was co-hosted by Alexander
Ouwens and Mark Sheppard, who both own houses on Kangaroo Island, and have been actively involved in saving
properties from the bushfires.