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Mika to MC 'Big Splash' GABA auction

Sat 25 Oct 2014 In: New Zealand Daily News

Mika will host the annual fundraiser The annual GABA fundraising auction will embrace its move to the waterfront Hilton with a ‘Big Splash’ theme, and Mika as the Master of Ceremonies. The classy affair on Sunday 9 November is primary fundraiser for the Gay Auckland Business Association’s Charitable Trust, which has distributed community grants and scholarships totalling in excess of $260,000 over the last 15 years. Last year departing US Ambassador David Huebner was farewelled in a record-breaking fundraiser at former home The Langham. Along with the move to the Hilton, the auction is moving back to its roots and becoming a luncheon once again. Rainbow Tick certified bank ASB has come onboard as the principal sponsor, on the back of its sponsorship of the NZ Falcons and support for Rainbow Youth. Artist and entertainer Mika will host the event, with auctioneer Michelle Maitland from George Walkers Auctions back once again. Mika will be assisted by burlesque dancer Miss Leda Petit, DJ Samuel Holloway, and choreographer James Luck’s Burning Man Dance Company. The black-tie-optional occasion will include champagne on arrival and a three-course luncheon in the Hilton’s Aquamarine Room with its view of the Waitemata Harbour. Last year’s auction donations included everything from fine art to firewood. Top grossing items were $2,100 for a pair of iconic TIME magazine banners celebrating marriage equality, donated by Louisa Wall MP, $1,800 for a two-week stay at a fabulous Bali villa, $1,600 for a signed and framed marriage equality march sign and $1,500 for a walk-on-part on Shortland Street. GABA is currently requesting the donation of auction items for 2014. To donate an auction item or experience for this year’s charity fundraiser, contact Event Manager, Julian Cook, before Monday 3 November by emailing: juju@goodjuju.co.nz BIG SPLASH! GABA Charity Auction    

Credit: GayNZ.com Daily News staff

First published: Saturday, 25th October 2014 - 11:02am

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