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...
We have some extra live musical surprises up our sleeves for this year's Ball guests - but what would be the fun of giving away all of our secrets?
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.