The White Orchid Ball will return to the Gold Coast this month to raise vital funds for Queenslanders affected by cancer. The popular black-tie event, now in its sixth year, will be held at Jupiters Gold Coast on Saturday, November 19 from 7pm.
All proceeds raised from the charity ball support Cancer Council Queensland’s work in research, education, prevention and support services.
Committee chair Emma Morrissey, 27, founded The White Orchid Ball in honour of her Mum, who passed away from secondary breast cancer in 2010. Her mother’s favourite flower was the orchid. The event took on even greater meaning when Ms Morrissey’s her father lost his battle to oesophageal cancer in 2014.
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Ms Morrissey said the ball would be a tribute to her Mum and Dad and to the many, like them, who have shown incredible strength and inspired others throughout their brave fight.
“The White Orchid Ball is for anyone who wants to give back in some way – big or small,” Ms Morrissey said. “Our family has been left devastated by cancer and that is why we are passionate about the success of The White Orchid Ball. Giving back to Cancer Council Queensland is important, because it means we will be positively impacting the lives of others through the advancement of research and support services to those affected in Queensland.
“The committee and I absolutely love bringing this event to the Gold Coast every year. Watching the generosity in the room gives me hope that people care about making a difference.”
Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said everyone who attends The White Orchid Ball will make a vital difference in the fight against cancer.
“In five years The White Orchid Ball has raised more than $220,000 for Cancer Council Queensland’s work in cancer control,” Ms Clift said. “Show your support by attending this fantastic annual event. With your help we can provide vital support to the one in two Queenslanders who will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.”
The White Orchid Ball has cemented its place within the Gold Coast social scene as a ‘not to be missed’ event, with more than 300 people are expected to attend in 2016.
Guests will be treated to a three course dinner and live entertainment. Tickets are $195 per person, $1800 for a table, and must be purchased by Friday, November 11.
Donations of prizes are being sought after for the raffles, silent and grand auctions that will be taking place.
To buy tickets or to find out more about the White Orchid Ball, visit thewhiteorchidball.org.