The regions accounting and business community has raised more than $27,000 to support education pathways for young people in the Hunter.
More than 230 local members of Certified Practicing Accountants Australia (CPA Australia), the Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand (CAANZ), the business and accounting community and their guests gathered at City Hall for the 2014 Bean Counters Ball earlier in the month.
The Bean Counters Ball has raised more than $67,000 since 2010 which has been donated directly to programs and services provided by Samaritans and the Hunter TAFE Foundation that support students as they work toward careers in business and accounting.
Chairman of the Bean Counters Ball and Hunter CAANZ, Chad Rapsey, said with the continued commitment to the event and generous support of sponsors and the community the Bean Counters Ball has been able to increase its support for youth education year upon year.
“Education has the power to transform lives and communities and that is why the continued support of the business community is so important,” Chad said.
“This year’s event was a tremendous success, raising more funds that any previous year. This will allow us to provide more opportunities for young people to achieve their career aspirations no matter what their hardship ‚Äì whether it is the risk of homelessness or the daily struggle balancing family and work life with higher education.”
This year major support was received from event partners Shaw Gidley, Eight Recruitment, Rapsey Griffiths, Moray & Agnew, OAS Technology Group, TriSuper Auditors and Bottrell Business Consultants. A further 14 local organisations also supported the event.
The 2014 Bean Counters Ball featured well-known scientist and media personality Dr Karl Kruszelnicki by arrangement with Claxton Speakers International and the presentation of the Young Achiever Award.
Image | Melissa Polwarth, Hunter TAFE Foundation and Elizabeth Keevers, Samaritans