Every year more than 22,000 New Zealanders will learn they have cancer. This is why the Cancer Society must raise more funds each year so it can support as many of these people as possible through their cancer journey. A listening ear; an information booklet or reputable website; a turban or a beanie to help with hair loss during treatment; practical assistance in navigating our complex and, sometimes, confusing health system; motel-style accommodation for patients receiving treatment at Christchurch Hospital; or transport by a volunteer driver to reduce the stress of daily travel and provide companionship en-route to medical appointments are among the regular services freely offered by the Cancer Society.
We could not provide these much appreciated services and programmes in the community without your special support of our annual Cancer Society Ball. Your continued endorsement of our work provides hope for those 60 New Zealanders each day who receive a cancer diagnosis. Living with cancer can be very hard, but finding help and support shouldn’t be, and your attendance at our Ball will ensure we can be there to support those people who hear the words you have cancer.
For the last three years, Canterbury has gathered at the Harcourts' Cancer Society Ball to produce
amazing record-breaking moments to support those touched by cancer.
The hat trick moment happened in 2017, where a whopping $208 000 was raised for the
Cancer Society Canterbury-West Coast Division ($38 000 more than 2016, and $88,000
more than 2015). And we owe it all to you and your big hearts - thanks for being more than
just a ballroom full of glamorous gowns and tuxes.
Bring on 2018.
Here are a few of the special moments
that featured at the Ball in 2017...
INTRODUCING YOUR HOST
FOR THE EVENING
Wonder why this bearded guy looks so familiar?
Ben Hurley writes for, and regularly stars on, the show 7 Days, has featured on Comedy Gala and hosted the New Zealand Music Awards. This year, Ben ran the show for Canterbury's most-loved Ball (with only just a few mildly inappropriate jokes thrown in here and there).
Trips around the world, tickets to every show at Horncastle Arena for a year, brand new wardrobes and so much more. The live auction has never been this extravagant. Don't expect the ordinary.
We went digital - again! In 2017, the digital silent auction raised over $36,000 - triple what was raised in 2016. Canterbury, you never fail to impress us.
Across the evening, $19,000 was raised from the $20 Youngs Jewellers' Golden Tickets by those wishing to get their hands on all that glitters.
This year's gem was a stunning 18-carat Rose Gold Morganite and Diamond ring
worth over $3500.
BELLE & BEAU
OF THE BALL
We say it every year. It's never too early to start planning which stylish, elegant and unique outfit you'll be gliding around the Ballroom in this June. We've got big rewards for this year's Belle & Beau, so it pays to stand out... Just saying.
This year we're putting Sergios Menswear Merivale and The Colombo in charge of hunting down the 2017 Belle & Beau of the Ball (because they definitely know a thing or two when it comes to looking the part).
YOU'RE GOING TO NEED SOME SERIOUS DANCING SHOES
For the first time ever, we're pleased to welcome Hipstamatics to the ballroom stage. You can expect all the classic bangers to come out on the night, played in the truly unique style of this 10-piece funk/soul band, with guitars, drums, saxophones, trombones, trumpet, flawless soul vocals, trumpet, keys and bass.
Good luck with remaining seated...
If you and your guests have decided to indulge in this year's Premium Table upgrade, you're automatically in the draw to win the BMW Platinum Table to be chauffeured to and from the Ball behind the wheel of a luxury BMW. Ooo la la.
AN EPIC DINING
Once again, Vbase will be putting on a show-stopping night full of culinary delights and professional table service. Their head chef Dan Shanks will be calling in a couple of his local food mates, Jonny Schwass and Richard Till, to contribute to the three-course meal.
Massive shout out to our other amazing partners, Bidfood, who will be providing all the meat for our 1200 Ball guests.
HIRE A SERGIOS SUIT
TO HELP FIGHT CANCER
Hire a dinner suit, shirt and bowtie from Sergios for $189 and $50 from each Ball hire will go towards raising money for the Cancer Society.
So hop into the changing room, and get suited up to fight the cause!
We're moving with our favourite host partners Vbase from Wigram Airforce Museum to their other happenin' venue - Horncastle Arena. It's time to make room for more guests and more spectacles.
Following the live auction, the doors to our super classy cocktail lounge will open for all Ball guests.
Mingle inside the laid-back lounge and be treated to a delicious selection of Absolut Elyx cocktails.
STAY AT THE COMMODORE HOTEL AND CONTRIBUTE TO THE CAUSE
Forget going back home... Make a night of it and continue your Ball experience at The Commodore Hotel (where our MC and 10 piece band are hitting the hay).
Book your stay for two on Saturday 24 June for just $289 and $50 from your stay will go towards the Cancer Society to support those touched by cancer. This package deal includes accommodation in a business level room, pre-drinks, transport to and from the Ball, cooked breakfast the next morning and more.
We’ve going digital - again! With the help of some amazing supporters, our ever-growing
list of silent auctions is looking nothing short of phenomenal.
Bidding is open to anyone, regardless of whether you're coming to the Ball or not.
REGISTER NOW TO BID
TEXT cancersocietyball17 followed by your full name to 3840
Online bidding is open now and closes Saturday 24 June (Ball night!) at 10pm.
BID BIG AND MAKE YOUR MARK!
It's no secret the Harcourts' Cancer Society Ball is known for its luxurious line-up of
'money-can't-buy' experiences that get temperatures (and bids) rising in the Ballroom.
You'll be in good hands with the experts from Harcourts, who will be stepping in once again
to take hold of the auction reigns to raise some seriously good money for the Cancer Society.
Ned Allison - Harcourts Grenadier
Kyle Sutherland - Harcourts Gold
Mark McGoldrick - Harcourts Holmwood
Roger Dawson - Harcourts Grenadier
The Live Auction packages for 2017 are...
A day of laughs with 7 days...
According to our Ball host, this is the best live auction of the evening.
Fly return for two to Auckland, courtesy of Air New Zealand, and hang out with the entire hilarious 7 Days crew – including Ben Hurley as well as other previous Ball hosts Michelle A’Court and Jeremy Corbett.
You will also be invited to sit front row at the filming of 7 Days to see New Zealand’s funniest people live in action.
Generously donated by Mediaworks and Air New Zealand
A full pantry and a polished home for your family and another's...
After your own personal chef in your kitchen every night of the week? While this might this might be a bit of pipe dream, Nadia Lim has created the next best thing, the delicious and nutritious My Food Bag.
Nadia’s tasteful skill of bringing beautiful produce, healthy recipes and delicious flavours together at home can be all yours!
This package includes 3 month’s worth of My Food Bag for you and your family, as well as another 3 month’s worth of My Food Bag to be donated to another family touched by cancer. To top it off both families will be receiving 12 hours worth of cleaning services from Goodnest to keep the abode sparkling clean.
Generously donated by
My Food Bag and Goodnest
Your most eventful year yet...
Looking for a bit of extra entertainment this year? Christchurch’s largest indoor entertainment venue, Horncastle Arena has your year of experiences covered, thanks to our host partners, Vbase.
Bid big to score double tickets to every ticketed event at Horncastle Arena for an entire year.
Who knows which big stars will appear on the big stage in the next 365 days?
Generously donated by
A Day at the Polo...
Fancy a Day at the Polo but don’t want to go solo - plus great hair for a year?
Well, you’ve come to the right auction item. This is your opportunity to go all out with nine of your best mates. We’re talking a guaranteed great hair day, pre-drinks to get you in the swing of things, a table at the Polo with VIP hosting by party people Mods... Plus six event ready packages from Mods for you to use over the course of the year.
A Day at the Polo Package includes:
Generously donated by Ronald McDonald House South Island, Mods Merivale and Sister Kong
Suit yourself with the
best get-up in town…
Be the Beau of every event in the social calendar this year, with the help of Sergios Menswear’s Merivale.
Gone are the days of suits too long in the arms, frayed pants and scuffed shoes.
Bid successfully on this auction item and you’ll walk out of Sergios the suave guy that everyone wants to know (and be), thanks to a brand new ensemble including…
Generously donated by
Sergios Menswear Merivale
A swing of golf and lunch with Andrew Mehrtens...
An auction item to suit the all-round sports fan to a tee!
Start the day at The Clearwater Resort with a round of golf, before making your way to a delicious lunch at the resort.
Don’t worry we won’t let you go it alone, this package is for you and two friends, accompanied by one of New Zealand’s top Fly-half’s, the one and only Andrew Mehrtens!
Remember to bring two pairs of pants, just in case you get a hole in one…
Generously donated by Peppers Clearwater Resort, Clearwater Golf Club and Andrew Mehrtens
A year of treatments and transformations...
Make time for yourself this year and book out your calendar with this stunning transformation package.
This package will leave you feeling relaxed and re-energised with the following restorative treatments...
Generously donated by
The Cosmetic Clinic,
Apollo Power Yoga &
Mods Hair Merivale
The dinner party
of a lifetime...
Got a special event to celebrate or just want to get a little bit fancy with your friends and family at your very own dining table?
After flying around the world cooking up a storm in the kitchen of top restaurants and cruising the high seas as renowned chefs on super yachts, The Vagabond Chefs are now back in Canterbury to provide the region with worldly, delicious food offerings. This is your opportunity to dine like royals inside your home with 9 other friends. Andy and Morgan from The Vagabond Chefs will take over your kitchen to create a refined 7-course degustation menu, personalised to you and your guests tastes, including...
Generously donated by
The Vagbonds Chefs, South City New World, The Boneline and Mrs Bottomley's Flowers
BMW Alpine xDrive
Start your engines... The BMW Alpine xDrive is back this winter (August 2017) and we've shotgunned your seats behind the wheel of BMW's latest exceptional range of high performance vehicles. Experience the thrill of the Ultimate Driving Machine navigating the most challenging ice driving conditions our country has to offer.
Your exclusive BMW Alpine xDrive Experience, for two people, includes:
Generously donated by
Christchurch BMW & BMW NZ
A styling session to last the seasons...
Struggling to find inspiration inside the dreary void of your wardrobe and need a new look that’s more ‘you’? Enter Bridget Hope from Magpie Style!
Bridget is offering one lucky lady a personal styling session, as well as a few indulgent extras including…
Generously donated by
Ultimate year of dining in Canterbury...
Canterbury’s culinary scene is a bustling metropolis of quality restaurants and cafés - and we’ve got the excuse you’ve been waiting for to dine out at the best in the business for an entire year. This auction item, worth well over $7000, includes a meal for four people, including drinks, at a never ending line-up of the city’s hottest food hangs.
You’ll get to indulge in something new and delicious every month, whether it’s breakfast and coffee at the Melbourne-inspired café, Uncommon, a luxurious lunch on the outskirts of town at Black Estate, a fine dining experience at NZ Restaurant of the Year, Roots Restaurant, and more lip-smacking goodness.
Generously donated by over 25 of Christchurch's best hospitality establishments
Fly To Anywhere In The World*with Singapore Airlines
Pack your bags – it’s time for another adventure… And this time there will be plenty of legroom along the way, thanks to one of our longest running supporters of the Ball. Fly business class for two with Singapore Airlines and experience the best parts of the journey.
Revel in all the exclusive benefits and luxuries aboard a Singapore Airlines aircraft, including…
• A delicious selection of gourmet food and wine from world-acclaimed chefs and expert wine consultants
• Relax and enjoy Singapore Airlines’ spacious, comfortable seating, which doubles as a fully flat bed,
with a fantastic entertainment multiplex.
Paris, Barcelona, Sri Lanka or the Maldives… What part of the world will you see next with Singapore Airlines?
Generously donated by Singapore Airlines
Cancer Society of NZ Canterbury - West Coast Division
Phone 03 379 5835
Visit 97 Fitzgerald Ave, Christchurch
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