A1 Office Gala Dinner 2017

A1 Office Gala Dinner Makes a Splash


Not only are the team from A1 Office experts in workspace design and fitout solutions, they can now add experts in hosting successful fundraising events to their repertoire.


Having supported our work for some time now, A1 Office had hosted many golf days raising close to $60,000 in three years. In 2017, Melanie Metlikovec, Marketing and Communications Manager for A1 Office, decided it was time for an event guests could put their dancing shoes on for and hopefully make a bigger splash!


The black-tie event held on Friday 1 September was attended by 300 guests who enjoyed dinner and dancing amongst the SeaLife at the Melbourne Aquarium.


MC Sam Kekovich entertained guests with a hilarious take on how politically over the top the world has become. Whilst guests were enjoying a relaxing dinner catching up with old friends and making new ones, artist Joe Zappy was painting a portrait of Floyd Mayweather and Connor McGregor.


The one-off original piece was later sold to the highest bidder during the live auction, alongside a highly sought after signed and framed Foo Fighters guitar.


With an aim for the night to raise much-needed funds for our Studio Program, a silent auction was also held with some terrific items up for grabs.



You could almost hear a pin drop when Kids Under Cover Fundraising and Marketing Manager, Bianca Richards delivered an incredibly powerful and moving speech, sharing with guests the realities of being a young person faced with adversity and an uncertain future.


Thanks to the generosity of guests, those who successfully purchased auction items and those who pledged to donate on the night, the ‘Give Me Shelter’ fundraising gala dinner raised almost $50,000 in support of our youth homelessness prevention programs.



Following on from the enormous success of the 2017 event, Melanie has now formed an organising committee and plans for the second, ‘Give Me Shelter’ fundraising gala dinner are well underway. We hope you will be able to join in the fun on 12 October.






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