LAST Saturday’s Aurora charity dinner at Sydney Town Hall raised over $60,000 for the LGBTI community in NSW, organisers have revealed.

The hundreds that attended the black and white masked ball were treated to entertainment from the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir and comedian Joel Creasy.

As well as ticket sales, donations were raised during a live auction with lots up for sale including artworks, holidays to Hawaii and India and tickets to the Lord Mayor’s New Year’s Eve party.

Aurora Group chair Adam Niewand said ball-goers were helping LGBTI community groups in need.

“Something incredible happens each year at the ball – there’s a feeling that you are left with after being in a room filled with such great love and energy,” he said.

“Organisations like Aurora are still so vital in assisting our [LGBTI] community groups, providing grants for projects that, without assistance… would never get off the ground.”

Funds raised by Aurora are distributed to a range of activities, facilities or projects for the benefit or welfare of the LGBTI community.

Among other beneficiaries, last year Aurora donated funds to ACON to improve training for disability service providers to the LGBTI community, the Gender Centre to create resources to combat transphobic bullying in schools, headspace Newcastle for a youth support group, Twenty10 to support their camping expeditions for young people and the Felix Foundation for a film of photographer William Yang’s social archive of the community going back to the 1970s.

Grant applications for 2014’s funds will open later in the year.


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