Following COVID-19’s intervention in 2020, the annual Bean Counters Ball will return for its 10th anniversary this year.
The annual charity-focused event, scheduled for Friday 29 October at the NEX (Newcastle Exhibition and Convention Centre), is a joint initiative between local members of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and CPA Australia.
It’s also raised almost $200,000 since its launch in 2011.
The volunteer board, which was recently elected, is dedicated to increasing its support to its charities of choice.
Chairperson Hayden Asper said they were excited to bring the Bean Counters Ball back in 2021.
“The event raises much-needed funds for youth and education in the Hunter region,” he explained.
“We were extremely disappointed this wasn’t possible in 2020.
“However, we’re ready to come back bigger and better than ever this year.”
Half of the funds raised at the annual Bean Counters Ball support Samaritans Student Accommodation in Newcastle, which provides a safe place for students to live while they are completing their education.
The other 50% is donated to the Hunter TAFE Foundation, offering scholarships supporting youth education in business, accounting or finance.
“We are proud to again partner with Samaritans and the Hunter TAFE Foundation in 2021,” co-chairperson Gerhard Bierman said.
“The committee believes our positions in the local community mean we have a responsibility to support young people across the Hunter region.
“And, with the generosity of sponsors and guests, we look forward to continuing to provide opportunities for young people to learn and grow.”
Alongside the chair and co-chair, the committee consists of 14 individuals from the local business community – Sally Bates (Morrissey Law + Advisory), Laura Brooks (Prosperity), Daniel Drayton (SVP Partners), James Hunt (University of Newcastle), Tabitha Lethlean (Peter Kilmurray Lawyers), Jackie Marriott (PKF), Sarah Scott (PKF), Jack Schmidt (Boeing), Ashleigh Simpson (Shaw Gidley), Raj Sirimanne (nib), Monica Walmsley (Monica Clare Recruitment) and Gemma Williams (Lambourne Partners).
“The executive is dedicated to creating another memorable night and making a difference in the community,” Mr Asper said.
“We hope the event can raise more funds than ever before and make up for the 2020 hiatus.”
This year’s theme is Gin and Jazz where guests can expect some 1920s inspired live entertainment, as well as the Bean Counters Ball signature lucky dips and raffles to raise money for the cause.
Tickets can be purchased through the website either individually or for a table of 10 and includes beer and wine, a delicious three-course meal and entertainment.
Further information and ticket sales for the event are available at www.hunterbeancountersball.org.au