SAT 23 JUNE
SAT 23 JUNE
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.
YOUR HOST FOR THE EVENING:
New Zealand's legendary broadcaster and television personality, Hilary Barry, will be ditching the news desk to join us in the ballroom for our most electrifying night yet.
Having previously hosted Newshub, The Paul Henry Show, Breakfast and now co-hosting Seven Sharp, as well as pulling in plenty of 'Presenter of the Year' awards over the years, you can expect Hilary to run the show like a pro on Saturday 23 June.
The top dogs from Harcourts will be out in full force to auction off another 12 luxurious money-can't-buy experiences. As always, the Harcourts Live Auction will be rounded off with our premium item – business class flights to anywhere in the world, courtesy of our long-time supporters, Singapore Airlines.
Every year we aim to raise more for the cause. In 2017, we collectively raised a whopping $208 000 – and with you by our side, we reckon we're in for another record-breaking year...
The digital silent auction is back!
Whether from the couch, on your work-break or on the night of the Ball, everyone in and around Canterbury will be able to bid on our growing range of stunning silent auction items.
AN EPIC DINING
Since we can remember, Vbase have been serving up culinary delights for Cancer Society Ball guests year-on-year – and 2018 will be no different.
We are putting a new spin on this year's dining experience with delicious moments for you to feast on throughout the evening - all led by Vbase's talented head chef, Dan Shanks.
Just you wait...
HIRE A SERGIOS SUIT
TO HELP FIGHT CANCER
Hire a dinner suit, shirt and bowtie from Sergios Menswear Merivale for $189 and $50 from your hire fee will be donated directly to the Cancer Society Canterbury West-Coast Division.
The total raised by Sergios and all you generous gents donning one of their suits will be announced at the Ball.
SAME BANGIN' VENUE
We're returning to where all the magic happened in 2017. Be welcomed back into the home of our favourite host partners Vbase at their standout venue –Horncastle Arena.
It's time to make room for more guests and more spectacular moments.
Feeling lucky? The famous $20 Youngs Jewellers Golden Ticket is making a glamorous return... This year, the gem to win is a beautiful White Gold Tanzanite and Diamond Cluster Ring.
Tanzanites are a very rare violet blue gemstone, mined exclusively at the bottom of Mt Kilimanjaro.
Here's a handy hint – the more $20 Golden Tickets you buy on the night, the better your chances of going home with an extra sparkle...
NOBLE & SAVAGE
Local tea merchants, Noble & Savage, will be setting up a boutique brewing retreat in the ballroom, featuring a range of their premium and unique loose leaf blends – from traditional black to herbal varieties. During pre-drinks at the beginning of the night, a mini iced tea station will be available for those after a non-alcoholic delight.
You know us – we like to keep things super classy in the ballroom. We're ensuring an extra luxe experience for all with our late night Whisky Lounge.
Chivas Regal are supplying their finest scotch blends, so please – pull up a leather pew, pour a dram and toast to the finer things in life.
The caffeine connoisseurs from Coffee Supreme will keep you on a good buzz all night long with barista made coffee, smooth filter coffee and generous hospitality. From 7pm onwards, you'll be able to get your fix of the best brew in town – which will come in handy when it's time to hit that dance floor.
'BEAU OF THE BALL'
The competition to take out best-dressed male is fierce – last year we saw a crowd of well-groomed blokes pulling off colour, designer wear and even a couple of killer kilts.
What will you be wearing to stand out? Sergios have big rewards for this year's Beau, so it's never too early to start planning your stylish fit out...
THE BRIGHT LIGHTS
AND BIG SOUNDS
It's the biggest moment of the night for a reason. This year's Harcourts Live Auction is without a doubt our grandest yet, with 12 lush experiences that will have you jumping out of your seat to bid your heart out on. For this year's auction, you'll be pleased to see some old auction favourites back on the table, as well as new items to get friendly with...
THE EVENING'S AUCTIONEERS
Roger Dawson / Harcourts Grenadier
Ned Allison / Harcourts Grenadier
Mark McGoldrick / Harcourts Holmwood
Tim McGoldrick / Harcourts Gold
Best Dressed Bloke in Town
It’s back – the well-known and highly coveted auction item that sees a sea of cuflinks raised around the ballroom.
Prepare for the bidding battle
of the blokes, that will see its champion sporting the finest suit in town from Sergios Menswear Merivale... And you’re not fooling us – we know you want it.
This year’s elegant ensemble is ready and waiting for one dashing Ball guest, including – a made-to-measure suit, fashioned using Sergios’ finest selection of imported merino wool fabric, handcrafted English Leather Loake Shoes and a shoe care kit to keep you neat.
Generously donated by
Sergios Menswear Merivale
The Eagle has Landed - in Paradise
It’s your turn to experience a whirl of the good life at the universe’s most luxurious and breathtaking maritime playground – Eagles Nest. This Bay of Islands resort has hosted the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Harrison Ford, the entire US Bachelor entourage, and is heralded by The Wall Street Journal as ‘the Oscar’s of the travel industry’.
For two nights, three couples will call the beautiful Sacred Space Villa home, complete with a heated horizon lap pool, jacuzzi and gourmet kitchen. A bottle of Louis Roederer Champagne will also be popped on your arrival and gourmet breakfast provisions and fresh fruit platters will grace the table each morning.
With every luxury under the sun at your fingertips, this experience – worth over $11,500 – is just what your mind, body and soul has been yearning for.
Generously donated by
The Ultimate O.G.B Experience
Get your whole table in on this one!
With a cocktail lounge, restaurant, live music courtyard, barber shop and glamorous suites all leading from one door to another, this O.G.B experience has everything under one heritage roof.
10 guest will be invited to drop their overnight bags off in one of five luxury O.G.B suites for a night of adventures...
While the women get ready, the men will get spruced up at Frederick Woodwards Barber Shop, before reconvening for a cocktail each, an elegant and refined set-menu dinner, live music in the courtyard bar and breakfast the next morning.
With the O.G.B brigade satisfying your every whim, the only finger you’ll have to lift is to take another sip of your cocktail.
Generously donated by
Parent of the Year
The title is yours for the taking. Treat the apples of your eye to over 10 adventure-packed experiences that celebrate the best things about being a kid.
The good times include donut workshops, dance classes, dream sleepovers, police station tours, Disney on Ice tickets, fly fishing, meals out for the whole family, and more…
All of this? Valued over $5000. Seeing the faces of children who wake up to all these goodies the night after the Ball? Priceless.
The winning bidder will be able to treat their family to a range of exciting adventures, share them with their friends or gift them to another family who is going through the Cancer Society system.
Generously donated by
Flipout | Sweet & Savage | Swarm Dance Studios | NZ Police | Dream Upon A Party | Motivationz | Vbase WORD Festival | Scorpio Books Friends of Christchurch Art Gallery
Adventure Fly Fishing | Christchurch Tram | Antartic Centre | Alice Cinema | Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools | Lonestar & Joes Garage
A Mudbrick Fairytale
We’re turning on the charm with this auction item. Head north for a night’s escape for two couples at Mudbrick Luxury Cottages, nestled into the hillside of Waiheke Island.
After being chauffeured in style by VIP Shuttle Auckland, each couple will find themselves inside their own idyllic cottage with endless options to wine and dine, walk along peaceful winding tracks, bathe in private spas or blissfully do absolutely nothing.
Experience a trio of culinary delights including a premium wine tasting at the cellar door, an exquisite three course meal at Mudbrick Restaurant and a relaxing rustic breakfast at the Archive bistro the following morning.
Generously donated by Mudbrick Vineyard & Restaurant and VIP Shuttle Auckland
Mods 'Hair to Party'
Mods Hair Merivale are transforming their home into the ultimate party venue – and giving 12 guests the keys. This is more exciting than the time your parents went away and left you in charge...
The ladies will begin the afternoon (gents, you'll have to wait just a little longer) with barista made coffees – or gin if you please – manicures from The Pamper Bar and colour, cut and blow wave styling from the Mods Hair pros.
Enter the men at 5pm – and it's time to really kick the party off with DJ Mama Feelgood spinning tunes, Curiosity Gin being poured and the best bao and dumpling folk from Sister Kong coming in to serve a bespoke menu dinner. There’s never been a salon soiree quite like it.
Generously donated by
Mods Hair Merivale, Sister Kong
The Pamper Bar
Eat Canterbury for a Year
If there’s one thing our city does well, it’s hospitality… And if there’s one things Cantabrians like doing, it’s eating and drinking at a dining table.
We’re celebrating the deliciousness and diversity of our city’s ever-growing hospitality scene with food and drinks for up to four at over 25 local hospo haunts – from degustation dining at Roots Restaurant to wine and food matches at Gatherings…
Last year this whopping auction item got gobbled up for $9,000 – who’s hungry enough to top that? Eat up, Canterbury.
Generously donated by 25 restaurants, bars and cafés in Canterbury
An Electrifying Keepsake
Remember the magic of Cancer Society Ball 2018 for years to come and take home the very artwork itself that has electrified this year’s event.
It’s lit up billboards, posters, flyers, The Colombo, your tickets to the Ball and every corner of the ballroom – and now the neon light created by Radikal Neon is looking for somewhere to call home.
Bid your heart out and light up your bedroom, office or business with this bespoke Cancer Society Ball work of art. This beautiful piece will continually evoke the memories of the night you helped change the lives of those living with cancer – plus, it looks awesome too.
Generously donated by
A Wild West Coast Hideaway
This will be the best deep breath you’ve ever taken.
For two nights, two couples will be invited to unwind at Te Waonui Forest Retreat, a five-star sanctuary hidden amongst the native bush of Franz Josef on the West Coast.
The eco-friendly philosophy and pure nature of this retreat is promised to restore and reinvigorate all who visit.
Each couple will be treated to two nights in a deluxe guest room, a full cooked breakfast every morning, a five-course degustation dinner one evening featuring local cuisine and an express Facial & 30 Minute Relaxation Massage at Amaia Spa.
Generously donated by Scenic Hotel Group
Canterbury at Your Doorstep
Every month, for a whole year – Canterbury’s finest will come knocking at your door with…
Make January, December and every month in between one to look forward to.
Generously donated by a range of Canterbury's best (and extra generous) businesses
The Top of The Tree
Lodge yourself away for a magical Friday night – 10 metres above the ground in a Hapuku Treehouse. Your treehouse comforts include a bottle of wine on arrival, a minibar, freshly baked cookies, majestic mountain and ocean views, a three-course dinner featuring local produce from the garden, farm and sea and breakfast the morning after.
Enjoy a remarkable Saturday lunch and drinks the next day at Black Estate, Cuisine’s Restaurant Winery of the Year, before making your way next door to watch the sunset – and maybe even sunrise – from the privacy of the winery’s B&B.
Generously donated by Hapuku Lodge and Black Estate
What’s a live auction without our premiere item to finish it off with a bang (and take our fundraising total to new heights)? Singapore Airlines have been recognised globally as the people to fly with, recently named the World’s Best Airline in the Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2018.
They have also recently announced the new A350 aircraft will begin operating from Christchurch on 08 January 2019 - bringing with it new Economy and Business Class, and brand new to the market - Premium Economy Class.
Take home the boarding pass of your dreams – entitling you and your partner to experience world-class service at 30,000 feet with business class flights for two, anywhere across the globe that Singapore Airlines flies to. Your adventure will feature…
Whether you’re on your way to wander the relics of Rome, eat your way through Japan, or see Vietnam from the back of a motorcycle, Singapore Airlines’ will indulge your journey there.
Generously donated by Singapore Airlines
Phones at the ready, Canterbury. Once again we're harnessing the power of technology so that you, Ball guest or not, can give back to the cause.
From wedding cakes, pamper packages and helicopter rides to luxury accommodation in the heart of the city, styling sessions and more... Our digital silent auction is overflowing with amazing experiences, donated by a range of generous local businesses. And there's still so many more to come – keep checking back in as we add more and more items leading up to the big night.
REGISTER NOW TO BID
TEXT cancersocietyball18 followed by your full name to 3840
Online bidding is open now and closes Saturday 23 June (Ball night!) at 10.30pm.
BYLLIE-JEAN AND SIMON
Friends in music, Byllie-Jean Rangihuna & Simon Kong share a love for soul music and real-talk. Together Byllie-Jean & Simon weave stories and sounds in a contemporary tradition of soul music. From the heart, for the mind.
SWEET MIX KIDS
This duo have played at the world's coolest parties and clubs – Coachella, Wanderlust, Rhythm & Wines, music festivals as well as touring as the supporting artists for Ed Sheeran, Martin Garrix and Coldplay (just to name a few!)
Get practicing your best moves – you're going to need them with one of the country's finest bands (from the heart of Lyttelton) pumping out everyone's favourite bangers at this year's Ball. You won't be sitting down for this one...
It's almost a full house! With the Ball just around the corner, and only a handful of tables of 10 left, we're opening the night up to individual ticket buyers – see below for our whole table of 10 prices as well as our extra fun matchmaking details...
GENERAL TABLES OF 10
$2,560 inc GST
PREMIUM TABLES* OF 10
$3,070 inc GST
* Premium tables = Preferential seating (front three rows in the ballroom), plus three bottles of complimentary Mumm Champagne to enjoy at your table across the evening... Cheers to that!
If your whole gang of 10 can't make it to fill a table at this year's Ball – that doesn't mean you should have to miss out. If you're after individual seats at a table, here's all you've got to do to make it happen...
(You'll be asked to select your chosen table when purchasing online)
ENJOY ALL THE PICS FROM THE LAST THREE YEARS....
A special thanks to all of our supports who help make the Harcourts Cancer Society Ball 2018 possible.
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