DON a mask and join Aurora while walking the line between anonymity and exhibitionism in an evening of sophistication and style.

Aurora’s 15th Annual Ball, held this year on Saturday, June 21, will be an extravagant affair full of old-world glamour and provocative mystery. Like the masked balls of old, guests will be encouraged to explore their alter egos through elegant disguise and a chic black and white theme.

Organisers for the Aurora Ball are in full swing, saying:  “We are very excited to announce Australia’s ‘Acid Tongue Prince’, the fabulous comedian Joel Creasey (pictured above) as the evening’s host and MC. Joel is one of Australia’s youngest, brightest and most sought-after comedians due to his intelligent observations, acerbic style and pop-culture expertise – in the words of Joan Rivers, “He’s a fucking star! I love him!’ “

The Ball is a fundraiser for Aurora’s charitable program for projects throughout NSW. Through fundraising efforts at these events, it has awarded $70,000 this year as part of their grants program, which has provided vital financial support to the LGBTI community’s organisations.

Simply titled “The Ball”, Aurora promises another spectacular night celebrating the opulent and sublime, with indulgent food and wine, rich music, shimmering performances, revelry and mischief. In keeping with Aurora tradition, the ball will take place in late June to mark International Stonewall Day.

“This year we took inspiration from Masquerades and Masked Balls of the past, exploring concepts of disguise and mystery; we’re very excited to offer our guests another lavish and exciting experience with a stellar line up of performers,” says Wayne Cox, Events Director of the Aurora Group.

Cox added: “After the success of last years’ Youth initiative, Aurora is once again offering a discounted table to guests aged 30 and under who have never witnessed the spectacle of an Aurora Ball. 10 tickets will be made available at a reduced rate of $160 so that younger members of our community can experience this wonderful event and opportunity to support a locally focussed cause.”

The Aurora Group has confirmed that food and wine partners Bayleaf Catering and The Oak Barrel are back on board for this year’s ball, in addition to event partner Radisson Blue Hotel Sydney.

Tickets to The Ball are $235 and are on sale now. Corporate and community tables are also available. Tickets are limited, and booking early is strongly recommended due to quick sell-outs in the past.

For bookings, email bookings@auroragroup.com.au or call (02) 8323 4041. Further information is available at www.auroragroup.com.au.

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