More than 500 people experienced all the fashion and glamour of Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival at the annual Variety Cup Eve Ball on Monday night.
Held at Crown’s ‘racecourse-themed’ Palladium Ballroom, guests sipped fine champagne as they were treated to an exclusive fashion parade with outfits from Ganache Boutique and Deborah Selleck Bridal and Evening Couture, then partied into the early hours of Cup Day with entertainment from Vanessa Amorosi and ’80s tribute band Stand and Deliver.
A strong supporter of Variety and other charities, the Miss World Australia Organisation also announced its new Miss World Victoria during the evening – Metalle Balot.
Further to being named Miss World Victoria, Balot was also the recipient of the Beauty with a Purpose and Innovation in Fashion Award for 2008.
Miss World Victoria runner-up Crystal Kimber won the Talent Award; Lisa Hammer, the Healthy Body Image Award; Kelly Harrison, the Communication and Commitment Award; and Tania Wieclaw, the Sports and Fitness Award.
Variety Victoria CEO Norm Hutton said the Miss World Contest had raised an incredible $400 million dollars for charity since its inception in 1951.
“It’s very fitting the Miss World Australia Organisation chooses each year to conduct its awards ceremony during this evening of elegant celebration,” Mr Hutton said.
“All proceeds from the Variety Cup Eve Ball go directly towards improving the lives of Victoria’s Special Needs Children.”
Further information: Variety, the children’s charity – (03) 8698 3900 or visit: www.varietyvic.org.au
(5 November 2008)
Photos courtesy of Happy Medium Photo Co. and Harry Cassio Photography