AE Smith Perth Helps Ronald McDonald House Charities Raise $785,000

AE Smith was delighted to be a Gold Partner sponsor of the 21st annual Ronald McDonald House Charities Ball - the most successful charity ball in Australasia

8 Nov 2014


Thank you for allowing AE Smith to be part of your RMH family

As Australias largest privately-owned mechanical services contractor, the help we provide Ronald McDonald House (RMH) in Perth and four other Houses around the country brings special meaning to our work and the efforts of our people.

“For more than 15 years AE Smith Perth has provided air conditioning maintenance and service to RMH Perth. In doing so, we hope this has increased your capacity to care for families during a stressful time in their lives and made their stay at RMH Perth that little bit more comfortable,” said AE Smith General Manager Western Australia, Graeme Stewart (pictured above in a promotional photograph commissioned by RMHC that appeared in the event program distributed at the Ball).

“Thank you for allowing AE Smith to be part of your RMH family.”

Held at Crown Perth’s Grand Ballroom on Saturday 8 November 2014, more than 1,000 guests attended and in excess of $785,000 was raised for RMHC, which will go toward providing a home away from home for regional families with seriously ill children.

The fundraising result reaffirmed Perth’s RMHC Mercedes-Benz Ball as the most successful charity ball in Australasia.

ARIA Award winners Justice Crew, together with rock legends The Good Times Band, filled the dance floor and had the ballroom abuzz with show-stopping performances at the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Mercedes-Benz Ball on the weekend, with guest’s incredible generosity adding to the electric atmosphere.

With their chart topper Que Sera just nominated for three ARIA awards and a new album set for release on 28 November 2014, Justice Crew’s excitement was infectious, pumping up the crowd with their high energy pop-dance performance and cheeky crowd interaction. The Good Times band played a string of old favourites which kept guests dancing late into the night, with Leo Sayer belting out his 1976 hit You Make Me Feel Like Dancing.

VIP guests who enjoyed the festivities included former Governor of Western Australia Dr Ken Michael, Patron of RMH Perth Adam Gilchrist AM and wife Melanie Gilchrist, The Bass Family Foundation founders Charles and Sylvia Bass, local Perth identities Doug and Roma Brooks, Ross North, Franklin Tate and Miss Universe runner up and reality TV personality Renee Wauhop.

Comedian Peter Rowsthorn had guests in fits of laughter and auctioneer powerhouse Tiny Holly worked the crowd into a bidding frenzy over the evenings sought after auction items which included:

Tickets for two to the 2015 Grammy Awards and official after-party, with flights and accommodation at the JW Marriott, which Greg Poland secured for $50,000.
A Rosendorff’s bespoke World of Colour pendant with a 0.93ct diamond surrounded by pink and blue sapphires, white and yellow diamonds, 18ct yellow, white and rose gold sitting on a double 18ct white gold chain which sold for $30,000 to Doug and Roma Brooks.
A five night safari in Nairobi courtesy of Wildlife Safari and Emirates, flying Emirates Business Class with luxury ‘under canvas’ accommodation valued at $32,000 which sold for $46,000 to the Rapid Crushing team.
An Ultimate Media Package with print, online and broadcast advertising placements with Western Australian outlets valued at $114,900 purchased by McDonald’s VP/Director of Marketing Mark Lollback on behalf of McDonald’s for $200,000.

In a first for the event, the Mercedes supplied by Diesel Motors, Westpoint Star and Southpoint Star, was raffled via a virtual key online raffle. The Mercedes-Benz A-250 Sport valued at $65,461 was won by Glenn Irvine of Rapid Crushing.

In another first for the Ball, guests’ Instagram happy snaps, with the hashtag #rmhcwoc, were shared live on screens throughout the night and an Instagram Printer delivered Polaroid style prints as mementos.

Guests enjoyed Janisson & Fils champagne, Veuve Maison sparkling and Miles from Nowhere wines and a five-star menu proudly created by Crown Perth chefs.

RMHC Mercedes-Benz Ball Committee Chairman Rod Sinclair said the World of Colour theme of this year’s ball reflected the aim to add some colour to the lives of RMH families.

“The families that stay at the House are going through a tough time and one that often feels a bit lonely and grey, the Ball theme is about bringing some colour back and the funds raised on Saturday night will help ensure there is a warm, supportive, home away from home at Ronald McDonald House,” Mr Sinclair said.

“We are always humbled by the guests that return to the Ball every year and dig deep in their pockets. Their support helps make the ball what it is, along with our generous sponsors without whom the Ball would not be possible” he said.

“Every year we aim to make the event even better than the last, with new experiences, to ensure guests have an incredible time, we hope everyone walked away with a smile,” Mr Sinclair said.

100 per cent of funds raised at the RMHC Mercedes-Benz Ball are directed to making the lives of regional Western Australian families a little more comfortable, providing them with a home-away-from-home and a place to live together, while their seriously ill child receives treatment at Princess Margaret Hospital in Perth.

About the RMHC Ball:

“Over the years, the Ronald McDonald House Charities has had the distinct honour of caring for thousands of families. They offer comfort and support to people facing battles we cannot begin to imagine. Their work has made a major impact at the time families most need support.

The Ronald McDonald House Charities Mercedes-Benz Ball has contributed to that work. Over the years, this event has been a significant source of funding for Ronald McDonald House. We are grateful that you continue to provide that support with incredible loyalty and generosity. Your donations, purchases and attendance make a real difference in the lives of sick children and their families in Western Australia.”

Rod Sinclair – Chairman, Ronald McDonald House Charities Mercedes-Benz Ball Committee