Guests dug deep to raise $800,000 support The Alannah and Madeline Foundation at the 17th annual Starry Starry Night ball at Palladium at Crown on Saturday 22 November.
More than 1,000 guests, including Chairman John Bertrand AM, Founding Patron Walter Mikac and some of Australia's biggest names in television, sport and entertainment came together for an evening of colour and glamour to support The Alannah and Madeline Foundation’s work keeping children safe from violence and bullying. 
The evening was hosted by Channel 7’s Daniel MacPherson and Edwina Bartholomew, who kicked off the celebrations with a Sammy Davis Jnr inspired opening number, before welcoming UK teen duo Bars & Melody to the stage. 
Special guests of the Alannah and Madeline Foundation, Bars & Melody found fame on Britain’s Got Talent earlier in 2014 - their audition clip has had over 55 million YouTube views alone! Bars & Melody brought their anti-bullying message to the Starry Starry Night stage with a performance of their hit single ‘Hopeful’, written from band member Leondre’s own experience with bullying. 
An array of celebrities stepped out of their comfort zone to bring the ‘Live in Colour’ theme to life in support of the Foundation, with performance highlights including:
  • Dancing with the Stars judge Kym Johnson swapping her judge’s paddle for dancing shoes and joining Dancing wit the Stars dancers Carmelo Pizzino, Aric Yegudkin and Damian Whitewood for an incredible routine;
  • A Prince medley from The X Factor alumni featuring Dami Im performing ‘Purple Rain’, Jason Heerah rocking out ‘Raspberry Beret’ and Nathaniel Willemse getting the party started with his cover of ‘Little Red Corvette’;
  • An unforgettable rendition of ‘Men in Black’ by Dancing with the Stars contestants and great mates (known on the DWTS set as the ‘four amigos’) Tai Hara, Matt Cooper, David Rodan and Eamon Sullivan;
  • A spectacular rendition of ‘That Old Black Magic’ from Daniel MacPherson, Simon Reeve, host of Channel 7’s Million Dollar Minute, and Harrison Craig;
  • Winners & Losers stars Virginia Gay and Melissa Bergland belting out a heartfelt rendition of True Colours; and
  • Jack Riewoldt, Dylan Grimes, Steve Morris and Matt Dea from the Richmond Football Club performing their take on Sam Sparro’s ‘Black and Gold’.
Host Daniel MacPherson thoroughly enjoyed co-hosting the night, he said, “I’m so proud to be have been involved with The Alannah and Madeline Foundation’s annual Starry Starry Night ball. The performances were fantastic and raising money for such important work is incredibly rewarding.” 
The Alannah and Madeline Foundation’s CEO, Dr Judith Slocombe, was delighted with the fundraising result. 
“It’s been an amazing night. We are absolutely thrilled with the generosity of everyone who attended and supported this year’s Starry Starry Night. The funds raised will go towards our valuable programs that help to keep children across Australia safe from violence and bullying,” Dr Slocombe said. 
The Alannah and Madeline Foundation is a national charity focusing on protecting children from violence and creating behaviour change in the community to reduce bullying and cyberbullying. Starry Starry Night is the Foundation’s major fundraising event. 
The Foundation was set up in memory of Alannah and Madeline Mikac, aged six and three, who were tragically killed with their mother and 32 others at Port Arthur, Tasmania, on 28 April 1996. 
John Caldwell is an Ambassador for Alannah and Madeline Foundation. 
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