New Committee brings neon, games and nostalgia to 2024 Bean Counters Ball

New Committee brings neon, games and nostalgia to 2024 Bean Counters Ball

The annual Bean Counters Ball has announced a new committee for its 2024 Arcade-themed event, which is due to be held on Saturday 25 May 2024 at the Newcastle Exhibition Centre (the NEX).

The event is a collaborative effort between local Hunter-based members of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and CPA Australia, which has raised almost $300,000 for charities since its launch in 2011.

This year, attendees can look forward to a night of Arcade-themed entertainment and games, as well as the Bean Counters Ball signature lucky dips and raffles to raise money for the cause.

The volunteer board for the Bean Counters Ball committee has recently been elected, with many new and returning members.

The committee is focused on prioritising an increase in fundraising to support their chosen charities, Samaritans and Hunter TAFE Foundation.

Senior Manager at SV Partners, Daniel Drayton has been appointed Chair and Head of Strategic Projects, Research and Analytics at Compassion Australia Raj Sirimanne has been appointed as Co-Chair of the Bean Counters Ball for the 2023/2024 period.

“We are looking forward to holding the Bean Counters Ball event again in 2024. The Arcade theme will be great fun with classic retro gaming consoles and vibrant entertainment throughout the evening,” Daniel said.

“The committee consists of a range of professionals from the local Hunter business community who have come together to support youth and education in our region,” Daniel continued.

Alongside the Chair and Co-Chair, the committee consists of eight individuals, including Steven Bailey (Throsby Accounts), Lana Black (Osborn Law), Rebecca Brown (Hunter Water), Cameron Burns (PwC Australia), Emily Lane (Pitcher Partners), and Jackie Marriott (PKF).

They’re also joined by representatives from TAFE and Samaritans, Kate Taylor (TAFE Representative), and Yvette Elliot (Samaritans Representative).

Half of the funds raised at the annual Bean Counters Ball goes towards supporting Samaritans Student Accommodation in Newcastle, providing a safe place for students to live while they are completing their studies.

The other half of the funds are donated to the Hunter TAFE Foundation, providing scholarships that support youth education in business, accounting, or finance.

An impressive effort at the 2023 Vegas-themed event saw the committee raise over $50,000 for their charity partners.

“We are proud to continue our partnership with Samaritans and the Hunter TAFE Foundation. At the Ball, we will hear from young individuals who have received support from the charities that we partner with. It is a great reminder of the positive impact the Ball has within our region,” Raj said.

“With the help of our generous guests and sponsors, we hope to make the 2024 event a huge success, raising more funds for our charity partners,” Raj concluded.

Sponsorships packages for the 2024 event are now available, with the proceeds going towards a worthy local cause.

 More information about sponsorships and ticket sales is available on the Bean Counters Ball website.

IMAGE | The 2023/2024 Bean Counters Ball Committee.

Bean Counters Ball

Established in 2011, the Bean Counters Ball is an annual charity event that raises funds to provide much needed support for young people in the Hunter region.

The Ball is an initiative of local members of Certified Practicing Accountants Australia (CPA Australia) and the Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand (CAANZ), with all funds raised donated to local charities Samaritans and Hunter TAFE Foundation to support young people pursuing education pathways.

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