BALLS are not just for fairy tale characters.
In Fremantle, they are a way to give the community an opportunity to have a fun night on the town while helping the less fortunate.
Now in its fourth year, locals attending the Fremantle Ball have already raised more than $160,000 for the Fremantle Foundation Fund for Children and Young People, helping vulnerable youth in the area through education, training and community participation.
Fremantle Foundation chief executive Dylan Smith said funds raised during past events had played a hand in projects like Make Your Mark in the Davis Park community.
“Davis Park has the lowest index of socio-economic disadvantage in the Fremantle area,” he said.
“The ongoing efforts in Davis Park have led to a redevelopment of the park, increased support for local residents and greater opportunities for community involvement; ensuring children and young people are engaged in educational, vocational and recreational activities.
“With the funds raised from the Fremantle Ball, a grant to the Make Your Mark project delivered a series of workshops where young people in the area designed and painted a mural over the public basketball court.”
He said the fundraising efforts this year would be helped along with performances from Indigenous WAM Song of the Year 2014 winners the Merindas, magician James Diamond and the Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, as well as the usual auctions and a delicious three-course meal.
“We’d love to beat last year’s total, the Ball keeps growing every year and this year we’re expecting over 400 people,” he said.
“The Fremantle Ball is an incredible opportunity to celebrate community spirit and enjoy a fabulous night out with other Freo locals.”
The Fremantle Ball is at the Esplanade Hotel on July 29.
Visit Fremantle Foundation for more information.