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A dinner, floristry training and a morning tea

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This is one of our biggest projects to date.

‘The Great Gatsby'  themed dinner for the ASO16. We took ONE event budget and turned it into ONE stunning event PLUS FOUR weeks of floral training for our homeless women AND a fundraising morning tea for the Womens and Childrens hospital.


Its true! We really made this event count.


“The gala dinner was a fabulous success, and all of the decorative elements were amazing. The Catherine House women did an outstanding job. Your work was fantastic, and every detail, even down to the serviette rings was covered!


I managed to tell all the guests about the contribution that Catherine House had made, and a number of people spoke to me afterwards about this.


Thanks for all of your help, and the contribution you made to making the event such a success.”


Marie Reichstein

Conference Convenor

24th Australian Orthodontic


Over 4 weeks we taught 8 women from Catherine House* the art of floristry and costume accessory making. We all learnt how to care for, prepare and preserve flowers, how to use oasis and shape beautiful floral designs. We learnt to glue, stitch, tie and knot flowers, sparkles and pins to ribbons and wristlets to produce beautiful 1920’s Gatsby head, wrist and neck accessories, and silk scarves for the men.

On the two days leading up to the event we employed this team to create the table and room décor the ‘The Great Gatsby’ dinner at the Adelaide Town Hall. The event styling was stunning….


With the support of our fabulous Conference Organisers we had Dulcie the Shop of Real Opportunity (the op-shop vintage bus) onsite at the Adelaide Convention Centre on the days leading to the dinner. Conference delegates were encouraged not to bring their Gatsby outfits from afar, but to purchase their garments and accessories from the bus. All the funds raised on the bus went to the Hutt Street Homeless Centre and Centacare. 


Rather than packdown that night, we held a Gatsby Morning Tea in the room the folowing morning. It was attended by 200 guests and $8500 was raised. This money has been distributed to various charities, with the substantial amount donated to the Michael Rice Cancer unit at the Women's and Children's Hospital.

*Note: GOGO events is an Employment Pathways Partner for Catherine House. Catherine House is an organisation that provides supported accommodation and emergency housing to women who are homeless.

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