Little Chiara will go to the ball in support of Down Syndrome WA

Vivienne Ricciardello dances with her four year old daughter Chiara in readiness for the |upcoming Crystal Ball. Picture: Dominique Menegaldo www.communitypix.com.au d398631
Vivienne Ricciardello dances with her four year old daughter Chiara in readiness for the |upcoming Crystal Ball. Picture: Dominique Menegaldo www.communitypix.com.au d398631

This year’s theme, The Crystal Ball, will be hosted by comedian Peter Rowsthorn, and will feature a live performance by Australian singer/songwriter Jessica Mauboy.

The inaugural Butterfly Ball in 2005 was the brainchild of Lucy Tilli, Down Syndrome WA member and mother of Alex, who has Down syndrome.

Since then, the event has raised community awareness and boosted funds for DSWA to provide support for people with Down syndrome, their families and the community.

Current organiser Adriana Passarelli, who took over from Ms Tilli, said she expected this year’s ball to be bigger and better.

‘Last year we had about 650 people and this year we are hoping to get 700 people,’ Mrs Passarelli said.

‘They get no government funding and this is their major event for the year; we are hoping to raise about $120,000.’

Mrs Passarelli said the ball was a great way to raise money, with all the money going to the families.

Chiara’s mum Vivienne Ricciardello said she was excited about this year’s ball.

‘We are looking forward to the ball, it’s a night of celebration,’ Mrs Ricciardello said. ‘The entertainment line-up is great and there are so many fantastic prizes.

‘It’s also great to get the community together for such a good cause, as well as raise awareness and support for the association.

‘They have provided my family with so much support.’

Down Syndrome WA does not receive ongoing government funding and relies on membership fees, fundraising, donations and sponsorships to continue its services.

For tickets and information, visit www.butterflyball.com.au or phone 9368 4002 or 0412 449 411.