I'm a freelance writer who lives on the Bellarine Peninsula. I enjoy finding new things to see and do in the beautiful area that I live in.
If you want to witness a spectacular party or two, you need look no further than the theatrical celebrations in the 2013 cinematic release of The Great Gatsby. However, if you have plans to experience a spectacular party of the same calibre, it could be a little tricky. With rising venue, licensing, and liability insurance costs, it can be tough to throw a lavish party and, at the same time, prevent bureaucratic red tape from dampening the festivities. Even if all the criteria is met, it can still be an expensive affair.
While the St Laurence Blue & White Ball will by no means be as extravagant as a cinematic party choreographed by Baz Luhrmann, it still promises 'a touch of decadence…' and will be the ultimate party destination this June. This fundraising event, to be held on Friday 21 June, will also differ from other similar events, in that it will be staged within the grounds of the Old Geelong Gaol. Not only will this unusual venue provide an interesting backdrop to the festivities, but the heritage-listed site will experience a different kind of clientele to its usual historian-based guests, as it is transformed into the entertainment hotspot of the evening.
The historic Old Geelong Gaol will be transformed for the Blue & White Ball
Truffleduck, a popular Geelong reception venue, will be providing an array of mini meals and canapés throughout the evening, catering for the indulgences of all guests. Entertainment will be provided by popular Melbourne-based DJ Jane Daffy, and electronic violinist Xani (of quirky and cool Melbourne band The Twoks). There will also be special acrobatic performances from 'Anti Gravity', a duo who specialise in spectacular stunts including hand-to-hand balances, somersaults, flips and more.
This night is ultimately about indulgence and decadence, but we can't forget that it is also a big fundraiser for St Laurence, a community-based foundation that provides support, home-based care and employment services for many people in need. In addition to the fundraising effort, there will be a special opportunity for guests to purchase a key for $50. These keys (in effect, glorified raffle tickets) will give you the chance to win either a magnum bottle of Penfolds Grange or a beautiful piece of Tiffany & Co. jewellery. These prizes will be placed 'under lock and key' within one of the gaol's cells, and as there are only limited keys available, you have a good chance of winning one of these expensive and extravagant treasures.
Guests have the chance to win a glamorous prize from Penfolds or Tiffany and Co.
Tickets for the event can be purchased at $100 each (or 10 for $900), and while it may seem pricey, this is one fundraising party you won't want to miss.