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Kids Under Cover 2011 Umbrella Ball, Crown Palladium Melbourne

16 July 2011
Kids Under Cover 2011 Umbrella Charity ball at Crown Palladium- Story by Stephanie Ryan-Smith. Photos by Rosetta Musial (Ed. MiSociety)

The greatest show of generosity on earth- The Kids Under Cover Charity Ball  2011
Melbourne’s Crown Palladium was the venue for an exquisite three course dinner framed by an exciting circus themed night filled with talented performances and circus stunts by the gifted artists from Circa NICA and Circus Oz.  Rocking performances by Joe Camilleri and The Black Sorrows and the novelty of the Hocking Stuart photo booth with costume gags and all rounded out a fabulous night.

The focus of the night was to help raise enough funds to build a Kids Under Cover studio bungalow for a young person in need, through the Kids Under Cover Studio Program.  Quality items for the main auction and silent auction  were generously donated by a number of small businesses and  major organisations.

Sarah Davies, Chair of Kids Under Cover, gave a heart warming address early in the evening followed by the presentation of the ‘Under Cover Angel Award’, presented to The Portland House Foundation on behalf of Genevieve Timmins. 

The Weston family story touched us all when father of the family, Stuart Weston, came on stage to relate his family’s story and to tell us  about the continual assistance he, his wife and his five children have received over many years by receiving scholarships through The Kids Under Cover Scholarship Program.  Following Stuart’s honest and humbling speech, we were then happily surprised by one of  his sons, Ellery Weston,  who performed an acoustic song he wrote and dedicated to Kids Under Cover.  Ellery received a rousing standing ovation; not just because of his grateful gesture, but because his song and performing abilities were seriously good.  We wish young Ellery all the best as he  follows his dreams, as he certainly demonstrated natural talent as a song writer, singer and live performer.

There were many celebrities and  distinguished guests in attendance including Robert Davidov, Joshua Durant, Jenna, Tania and Rod from Channel Nine’s ‘The Block’ and principal artists from the Australian Ballet, Amber Scott and Adam Bull.   Prominent government officials and business identities were also in attendance headed up by The Hon Wendy Lovell, Minister for Housing and Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development and  CEO of Kids Under Cover’s principal partner Hocking Stuart, Nigel O’Neil.

Well done to all involved - this is an event for everyone to mark in their calendars for next year.

To learn more about the tremendous and essential work that Kids Under Cover does for young people and their families, please visit www.kuc.org.au

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Robert Davidov, Joshua Durant, and Jenna, Tania & Rod from Channel Nine’s 'The Block' - Kids Under Cover Umbrella Charity Ball 2011 at Crown Palladium Melbourne

photo Robert Davidov, Joshua Durant, and Jenna, Tania & Rod from Channel Nine’s 'The Block'

Kids Under Cover Umbrella Charity Ball 2011 at Crown Palladium Melbourne

Amber Scott and Adam Bull - Australian Ballet principal artists - Kids Under Cover Umbrella Charity Ball 2011 at Crown Palladium Melbourne

photo Amber Scott and Adam Bull - Australian Ballet principal artists

Kids Under Cover Umbrella Charity Ball 2011 at Crown Palladium Melbourne

Ellery Weston performing a song he dedicated to Kids Under Cover - Kids Under Cover Umbrella Charity Ball 2011 at Crown Palladium Melbourne

photo Ellery Weston performing a song he dedicated to Kids Under Cover

Kids Under Cover Umbrella Charity Ball 2011 at Crown Palladium Melbourne

Polly and Woz from Channel Nine’s 'The Block' - Kids Under Cover Umbrella Charity Ball 2011 at Crown Palladium Melbourne

photo Polly and Woz from Channel Nine’s 'The Block'

Kids Under Cover Umbrella Charity Ball 2011 at Crown Palladium Melbourne

Brodie Young and Ashlea Edwards - Kids Under Cover Umbrella Charity Ball 2011 at Crown Palladium Melbourne

photo Brodie Young and Ashlea Edwards

Kids Under Cover Umbrella Charity Ball 2011 at Crown Palladium Melbourne

Kathryn McKeough, Kids Under Cover Operations Manager - Kids Under Cover Umbrella Charity Ball 2011 at Crown Palladium Melbourne

photo Kathryn McKeough, Kids Under Cover Operations Manager

Kids Under Cover Umbrella Charity Ball 2011 at Crown Palladium Melbourne

Stephanie Ryan-Smith and Rosetta Musial - Kids Under Cover Umbrella Charity Ball 2011 at Crown Palladium Melbourne

photo Stephanie Ryan-Smith and Rosetta Musial

Kids Under Cover Umbrella Charity Ball 2011 at Crown Palladium Melbourne

Umbrella Ball 2011 table - Kids Under Cover Umbrella Charity Ball 2011 at Crown Palladium Melbourne

photo Umbrella Ball 2011 table

Kids Under Cover Umbrella Charity Ball 2011 at Crown Palladium Melbourne

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