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The Hills Annual Charity Ball

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/6″ offset=”vc_col-lg-1/5 vc_col-md-1/5 vc_col-xs-1/5″][us_image image=”67173″ size=”thumbnail” align=”left” style=”circle” has_ratio=”1″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/12″ offset=”vc_col-lg-4/5 vc_col-md-4/5 vc_col-xs-4/5″][vc_column_text]By Bev Jordan[/vc_column_text][us_post_date][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Volunteers, supporters, politicians and community leaders were all in attendance at the The Hills Annual Charity Ball run by Biviano’s at Dural on August 25th.

It was the first time since COVID restrictions hit two years ago that the popular fine dining establishment has been able to hold its annual gala event which, this year raised funds for three charities: Foster Care Angels, Riding for the Disabled NSW (Tall Timbers Centre) and The Grace Centre for Intensive Care at Westmead Children’s Hospital

Special guests included Julian Leeser MP, Federal Member for Berowra; Hills Mayor Dr Peter Gangemi; Michael Edger Hills GM; Hills Police Commander Supt Darrin Batchelor; newly elected President of the NSW Liberal Party Maria Kovacic, Hornsby Mayor Philip Ruddock; former Hills Mayor Dr Michelle Byrne and the Presidents of both the Sydney Hills Business Chamber and the Dural Business Chamber.

Speakers urged diners to dig deep for the three charities which had been unable to fundraise during COVID. Over $30,000 was raised on the night.

Owner Raj Kumar said the event was about connecting the community with the work of charities which it has done since 2016. “The reasons this charity event is unique is due to the strong advertising and promotion campaigns for six months, before and after the event, connecting these charities with our VIP and distinguished guests at the event plus fundraising on the night, it is about having lots of FUN.”

This year 225 VIP guests enjoyed a 4-course silver-service dining experience plus special live entertainment with opera singer Marrianna Poghosyan and Robert Kubiak and dancing late into the night.

Since the first Gala dinner in 2016, Biviano’s has raised nearly $300,000 and has also worked to raise the profile of all the charities it has supported.

All three charities have been supported by Biviano’s before.

Kelly Doyle from Foster Care Angels said: “We are so grateful to Bivianos for supporting us once again. Much needed funds were raised and we were able to share our work and make connections with the Hills community…we can’t thank Mag, Raj, Hannah and the team enough.”

Nicole King from Riding For Disabled said: “It costs $1200 a year to run the program for one rider and on top of that we have the cost of feeding each horse and maintaining the facilities.

“The gala event was a great opportunity to showcase to the community how we make a difference to our participants and we are so grateful for the money raised which will enable us to continue providing our programs.”

Jeena Joyan, Westmead Children’s Hospital fundraising manager said it was a “wonderful” fundraising effort by the Biviano’s team.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Bev Jordan

Bev Jordan studied journalism at Harlow College in the UK.  She achieves a Diploma in Journalism from the National Council for the Training of Journalists. After migrating to Australia at the end of 1984, she took up a Senior Journalist position with Cumberland Newspapers, based on the Parramatta Advertiser. She has since worked on the Daily Telegraph, Sydney Morning Herald and was a lecturer in Journalism at Macleay College in Sydney. Bev returned to Cumberland Newspapers (NewsLocal) and worked for 30 years covering all different mastheads, including Mosman Daily, Mount Druitt Standard and finally Hills Shire Times for the last 17 of those years. Bev’s passion has always been local community journalism.  She says “As a journalist, I have always seen it as my job to inform, inspire and involve.  I am a passionate advocate for organisations and people making a difference to the world around them. Connectedness is so important to the health of an individual but also to a community, no matter how small or large.

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