Fremantle Foundation – Fremantle Ball
Hosted at the Iconic Esplanade Hotel by Rydges, The Fremantle Ball will see philanthropists, donors and passionate Fremantle locals gathering under one roof in the spirit of giving. Featuring a three-course banquet, set to live music by a sparkling indigenous soul duo; The Merinda’s will keep the dance floor alive with their Motown inspired classics.
Whilst informed giving is the obvious focal point of the evening, Executive Director of the Foundation Dylan Smith, states that The Fremantle Ball is largely concerned with offering up a great night out in Freo. With an overwhelmingly positive response after last year’s ball, this year promises the same and more; including some pampering up for auction with an Injinup Spa retreat, signed Nat Fyfe memorabilia and a Chef’s Table for 14 at Bread in Common. James Diamond and guests from the Spare Parts Puppet Theatre will bring their own brand of magic and entertainment, with special guest Peter Bell, Patron of The Fremantle Foundation joining in on the evening.
Dylan has been with the foundation since its inception and watched numbers grow in the last four years as the Fremantle Ball has become well known. “We’ve been quietly surprised by the response this year,” says Dylan “we’ve already reached the number of tables we had last year and we’re a couple of months out, so we’re on target for about 40 tables this year.”
With 32 tables and 320 people at last years ball, their collective effort raised $55,000 for the Fremantle Foundation Fund for Children and Young People, an initiative that was created by the foundation after the success of the inaugural Fremantle Ball.
A variety of projects are supported by the fund, including a 10,000 grant that went towards the “Make Your Mark” initiative, based in Davis Park just five minutes away from the center of Fremantle. The project aims to improve the alarmingly low rates of home and car ownership in the area, as well as low primary and secondary school attendance and completion.
A key problem, Dylan states is “only 10% of children in the area participate in activities outside of school, like football, netball or dance.” In response to this, the foundation awarded a grant to The Fremantle Multicultural Centre, who developed The Make Your Mark Project; encouraging children make art outside of school, help improve their local area and get involved with the community. One project involved painting a large mural on the basketball court to enhance the surroundings of Davis Park. The project, says Dylan “is an opportunity for these kids to do something really positive in their community that they can identify with and be proud of.”
A large part of the funding that makes these developments possible are generated at important annual events like The Fremantle Ball, an evening that promises to have a real impact on the community, whilst celebrating our iconic port town with an evening of local entertainment. If you would like to get involved at this years ball, you can book your table for ten online at The Fremantle Foundation and get your best threads ready for a night of entertainment and giving that will last well beyond one evening.