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27 May 2021 Posted by 


Thank you dinner acknowledges local heroes
 LIVERPOOL City Council has reimagined its annual Charity Ball into a Thank You Gala Dinner to acknowledge and commend the efforts of the city’s community organisations and local heroes following a challenging year on many fronts.
Taking place on Saturday, July 17 at Liverpool Catholic Club, Council’s premier black-tie event will bring together residents, local businesses, community organisations, Council members and staff and members of Parliament for an exclusive three-course dining and live entertainment experience. 
Funds raised in the lead up to the Gala Dinner and on the night will be donated to two worthy organisations – The Salvation Army in Liverpool and CNA Italian Australian Services – to help them continue their vital work within the community. 
Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller said Council is now in a privileged position to resume some of the major events the community missed out on last year.
“We love to be able bring back events our community looks forward to every year – in this case, it is even more special. Through our Thank You Gala Dinner, we can say thank you to those who have supported our community through floods, fires and even a global pandemic and continue to do so. 
“We also have the opportunity to give much-needed financial help to two worthy organisations doing wonders in our community.”
400 meals per week 
The Salvation Army in Liverpool provides more than 400 meals each week to the homeless and disadvantaged across the Local Government Area. Joel Spicer, who runs the Liverpool branch, said the pandemic has worsened food security issues in the community, with the number of people turning to The Salvation Army for assistance almost doubling over the past year. 
He said funds from the Gala Dinner will contribute “a tremendous amount” to help his team of volunteers continue to run breakfast and lunch services three days each week. Without this service, many in the community would simply go hungry. 
“Our motto is to ensure people leave better than when they came. If this involves putting a hot meal in their bellies and a smile on their faces then we have done our job. I encourage those within our community to purchase a ticket or support the Gala Dinner in any way they can to help us continue to bring this motto to life.” Mr Spicer said. 
Meanwhile, CNA Italian Australian Services said the funds from the Gala Dinner will be used towards expanding the organisation’s program aimed at helping vulnerable and isolated seniors continue to live independently.
“We enable seniors from across the Liverpool Local Government Area to connect and engage with each other over a diverse range of activities from cooking and gardening to arts and crafts,” Marco Testa, founding member of CNA Italian Australian Services, said.  
“The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated another pandemic – the loneliness epidemic – and organisations like us are helping combat this amongst our older population. We can only continue to do this through the support of others so please purchase a ticket to Council’s Gala Dinner and dig deep on the night.” 
“Whether you are an individual or a business, there are plenty of ways to show your support for the Thank You Gala Dinner – from purchasing an individual ticket or a table for your team to sponsoring the event or donating a prize for our raffle. Every little bit counts!” Mayor Waller said.
Sponsorship packages range from under $2,000 to $30,000 providing various opportunities for organisation’s to support depending on their budget.
If you have an event or sponsorship enquiry or wish to make a donation to our nominated organisations, please contact Strategic Events Lead Clara McGuirk on (02) 8711 7624 or email events@liverpool.nsw.gov.au. Sponsorships close 17 June 2021.
Early bird tickets to Liverpool City Council’s Thank You Gala Dinner are on sale until 31 May 2021. Purchase your tickets today: www.liverpool.nsw.gov.au/thankyou 


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