Blue Tie Ball 2020: Virtual Homecoming

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Blue Tie Ball 2020: Virtual Homecoming

November 2, 2020

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That’s a wrap! batyr is so blown away by the support for our first EVER Blue Tie Ball 2020: Virtual Homecoming.

An incredible $83,748 was raised on the night and we want to say a huge, HUGE thanks to each and every one of you that came together in all your glamour, whether it was from your own living rooms, at your mate’s place, or from your parents’ or relos’ homes.

The funds raised will allow us to reach 3,350 young people across Australia with stories of hope and resilience.

We also want to send infinite love to hosts Lisa Hamilton and our very own Simon Brook McLachlan, magician Adam Axford, and musical act Home Remedy for bringing so much energy and EPICNESS to the Blue Tie Ball.

It was a night of fun…

..laughs…

and a touch of magic…

BTB 2020 hosts Lisa Hamilton and Simon Brook McLachlan

…as we all got into the spirit of this year’s theme of Homecoming.

Homecoming is a nod to all the parties we’ve had to pass up this year and the connection that we all miss. Funnily enough, it’s during this time that many of us have been making an extra effort to reach out and check in on one another, more than ever before!

Above all, the Ball Tie Ball is a night to reflect on batyr’s work, to celebrate the efforts of individuals who have made a big impact in changing the conversation around mental health and reducing stigma over the past year, and to cut loose on the d-floor (or, in 2020, maybe your bedroom?).

It was a great honour to award the Civic2Surf committee the Harriet Nixon – Unsung Hero Award. They are a remarkable community of young people, whose drive and passion for smashing the stigma is inspiring. 

Civic2Surf committee

They even went ahead with the Civic2Surf run despite the restrictions around COVID-19 and raised $18,380. Legends! Check out their Instagram to follow their journey.

“What a night! It may have looked a little different from previous years but that didn’t stop us from coming together as a community and celebrating everything we have achieved in what has been a challenging year for many people,” batyr CEO Nic Brown said.

batyr CEO Nic Brown

“batyr exists only because of the community that makes it up, and we exist as an environment for young people to find connections and to have their voices heard, and connection has been more important than ever these past few months.”

“I would like to personally thank our sponsors, the Blue Tie Ball committee, as well as our regular donors and fundraisers, without whom batyr couldn’t continue to do what we do.”

Including this year’s fundraising efforts, the Blue Tie Ball, now in its 8th year, has raised well over $500,000 thanks to our generous supporters. This signature event for batyr has allowed us to continue to deliver preventative mental health education programs all across Australia.

A special thanks to our sponsors for making this night possible:

  • Platinum: Optus
  • Gold: Calibre Diona
  • Silver: The GPT Group
  • Event sponsors: ICC Sydney, Bird and Barrel, Menulog
  • Silent Auction Platform Sponsor: Dentons

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