GALA DINNER: ART AUCTION & SILENT AUCTION
INAUGURAL FUNDRAISER GALA for BIPOLAR RESEARCH
The Ian Parker Bipolar Research Fund
'A Touch of Purple'
Carol is the Founder, Manager,
Event Organiser and Volunteer of the IPBRF.
ABOUT our GALA EVENT:
Our inaugural FUNDRAISER GALA event has been
designed to keep alive the spirit of
Ian Parker and to further honour the inaugural Bipolar
Research Fund for Australia - the
Ian Parker Bipolar Research Fund (IPBRF).
(Ian Parker was the only sibling to Carol Smit from Colac
and a past resident of Geelong East for nearly 20 years.
Ian was an aspiring Artist and loved to walk,
frequenting the Eastern Beach and Geelong Botanical
Gardens every week and was also a
popular member of the Geelong Mood Support Group
for approximately 15 years.
On behalf of the IPBRF and the Australian Rotary Health
(ARH) PhD Scholarship Program for Bipolar Research
(Funding Partner of Carol Smit - IPBRF),
Carol has also dedicated this GALA event
in memory of Ian and to celebrate the
of Ian's passing.
After 25 years of severe mood swings
and 106 hospitalisations from the insidious
mental illness of Bipolar Disorder, Ian tragically
succombed to the tragic event of suicide.
The Gala Event and all event fundraising proceeds are
dedicated toward paying the
(ARH) - (IPBRF) PhD Scholarships
for scholars who wish to dedicate a
career of research into finding the cause
and a cure for Bipolar Disorder.
The chosen venue'Club Italia Geelong' is very well
catered for and suitably designed for
a relaxed evening of comfortable seating, superb food
and service and guarantees a fabulous night for all!
We hope to see a FULL HOUSE of great folks coming
together all dressed in Casual Cocktail
with a lovely 'Touch of Purple' to signify our
Bipolar Research Fund logo!
We are have set a goal to sell a minimum of 250 tickets.
Our goal is to DOUBLE to a minimum of 500 tickets;
therefore all support would be most appreciated
toward SHARING this event
with family, friends, work colleagues, social and
sporting clubs and any you feel may benefit from a very
informative night of education, support and awareness
about Bipolar Disorder from Mental Health Guest
Speakers AND enjoy a night of TWO FABULOUS
AUCTIONS, raffles, lucky door prizes and
from Colac, Geelong and Melbourne!
Carol has invited her friend, Civil Celebrant
and current President and CEO of
Lara Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc.,
Ms. Lorel Robinson to initially MC and introduce
a 'pending' Geelong Councillor (to be soon announced)
to officiate the 'opening' of the IPBRF Gala Event.
Mayor Darryn Lyons was invited to officiate
the opening cermony but was unfortunately otherwise
committed. We are grateful for his dedication of much
recent 'social media' support in 'sharing' our Gala Event!
Raymond Walters - Manager of Narana
Indigineous Gallery - Torquay Road Grovedale
is organising a short indigineous dance for
our 'opening' ceremony. (details soon).
Raymond has also generously offered two of his own
original hand painted indiginous paintings
to submit to our Art Auction!
We are sharing the night with two brilliant MC's and
Entertainers, Mr Roy Maloy from Melbourne
aand Mr. Jamie McGuane from Colac.
Mental Health Guest Speakers:
Prof. Michael Berk - Deakin University
Ms. Emma Gliddon - Deakin University
and inaugural IPBRF PhD scholarship winner.
Ms. Annie Prideaux - Civil Celebrant and
close friend of the Ian Parker family
ARH CEO - Ms. Joy Gillett OAM
Rotary Club of Colac West - Pres. Graham Snell
National Ambassador Awards Presented to:
Mr. Roy Maloy - Melbourne
Ms. Samantha Brunskill - Wagga Wagga NSW
Ms. Kelly Anne Martinez - Cairns
Indigineous Dance Group - (Name to be confirmed)
Mr Roy Maloy - Melbourne
Ms Mez Evans - Melbourne
Mr Jamie McGuane - Colac
Mr Andrew Beale - Ms Eliza Beale - Master Patrick Beale
Marlene's School of Dance
Arrival: from 6.30 pm.
Dinner: 7.00 pm.
Night Ends: 11.45 pm for midnight close.
Menu: 3 Courses - with option of
*Special Dietary Requirements.
*Please stipulate at time of ticket purchase.
Open Bar: Provided at own cost.
Bottomless tea and coffee is inclusive in dinner ticket.
Please R.S.V.P: Tuesday 26th May 2015
$55.00 per person
CONCESSION: PENSION - SENIORS:
$45.00 per person
(Holders of HCC ONLY is not considered as a concessional rate)
The IPBRF wishes announced that we have now closed
any further donations of artworks
toward the Art Auction.
We have been overwhelmed by a magnificent
'smorgasbord' of variety of up to full capactiy
of nearly 40 pieces!
The donation deadline date was 31st March 2015
to Carol Smit firstname.lastname@example.org
Carol wishes to express her heartfelt gratitude to the
enormous support toward making this Art Auction a very
EXCITING event to look forward to on the 30th May!
The total postal/shipping cost of each donated Art
Work is the full responsibility of the sender/owner and
the prospective buyer on the night.
All due care will be taken with the handling
of each Art Work.
Any accidental or deliberate damage caused is the
full responsibility of the *owner (*seller or *buyer)
of the Art Work at this time.
Carol Smit - IPBRF - ARH - Geelong Club Italia -
or any other persons are deemed
null and void of any loss or damage to any
Art Work/s in transit or once on the
premises of the Geelong Italia Club.
Door Security will be provided
Eftpos facilities will be supplied for ease of purchase.
Tax Receipts will be forwarded by ARH where required.
Holidays - Gift Items - Art - Surprises Galore!
BUSINESSES and COMMUNITY
Carol wishes to announce we have now received adequate
donated items for the Silent Auction
from very supportive businesses, artists and
The Helping Hand Group Inc. Melbourne
of which we are so very grateful
and wish to say a HUGE 'THANK YOU' to all
who have contributed and for
your very generous and incredible support!
I will do my best to thank each contributor,
supporter, sponsor and helper with an individual
'follow up' letter at the end of this event -
but may find it not possible to reach
all to personally thank in this way - therefore please
have it known to accept my full appreciation
for your contibution of support in any way
through the charitydos.com platform
ART and SILENT AUCTION
Each of the above Auctions will be hosted by the very
friendly and helpful staff of the
'HELPING HAND GROUP' Inc. Melbourne.
We all thank them for their wonderful offer
of professional bro bono support to the
Ian Parker Bipolar Research Fund!
MY PERSONAL MESSAGE to CHARITYDOS.COM.AU
Finally I wish to thank the team of charitydos.com
Amanda and Peter Spink - you have been simply amazing!
So much pro bono sharing of your personal time and
social media support, emails and phone support given!
I have not even met either of you, but after our phone
chats and so much patience shown and care offered,
I have grown to love you both and sincerely recommend
you to all charities for the best care
and attention to reach the 'dizzy'and busy
'heights' of 'absolute' fantastic fundraising success!
Founder - Manager - Volunteer - Event Organiser
of the Ian Parker Bipolar Research Fund
Funding Partner of ARH PhD Scholarship Program -
Member of Rotary Club of Colac West -
District 9780, Victoria, Australia
All Proceeds are donated to the
Ian Parker Bipolar Research Fund
IPBRF CONTACT DETAILS:
CAROL SMIT - P O BOX 534 - COLAC
VIC. 3250 - AUSTRALIA
TO ALL IPBRF VOLUNTEERS and CONTRIBUTORS:
Carol wishes to convey a HUGE 'THANK YOU' to all who
have so generously and willingly contributed
toward this night in any way at all!
Carol could not have organised this
Gala Event without you! :)
I trust you will have a GREAT and MEMORABLE night!
To learn more about IPBRF: