WITH summer festivals all done and dusted and winter fast approaching, it’s gala ball season for the LGBTI community and tickets for Sydney’s Aurora Ball have just been released.

To be held on Saturday, June 20 at Sydney Town Hall, organisers have also announced “Once Upon a Time” as this year’s theme.

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With news of Melbourne’s own fundraising gala ball, the Midwinta Ball, selling out in less than 24 hours earlier this week, organisers say Aurora Ball tickets are also limited and encourage people to buy theirs early.

Aurora Ball attendees are encouraged to draw upon all the fairy tales they grew up when it comes to their outfit for the night, only this time around the Prince Charmings of the night may go home with a woodsman or Cindarellas may want to kiss Princess Aurora.

And it’s all for a good cause: the Aurora Ball will help dreams come to life by raising money for community organisations like Twenty10.

“This year the Aurora Ball will live up to its reputation for indulgent food and wine, and spectacular entertainment, all with a Grimm twist,” co-chairs Adam Niewand and Alison King said in a statement.

“This year is all about magic: stepping into the stories which have intrigued you since you were a child, and spreading a little magic to the people in our community who really need it.

“We can hardly wait to share with you the entertainment we’ve got planned for the night, so watch this space.”

In the past year Aurora has donated $30 000 to seven organisations supporting the LGBTI community in NSW, in addition to their major grant recipient Twenty10.

Brisbane’s Queen’s Ball will be held on Sunday, June 7. Details not yet announced.

Meanwhile, Melbourne’s sold-out Midwinta Ball will be held on Friday, August 7.

Tickets to the Aurora Ball are $235. Corporate and Community tables are also available. Tickets are limited, and booking early is strongly recommended. For bookings and details email [email protected]oragroup.com.au or call (02) 8323 4041. You can also visit auroragroup.com.au.

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