Charity ball to raise funds for underprivileged teenagers

The Australian and New Zealand Association (ANZA) Korea will host a charity ball at the Grand Hyatt, April 29.

The ANZA Korea Charity Ball is a popular event on the Seoul expatriate social calendar that aims to raise much-needed funds for the teenage charity AGIT Youth Outreach Project.

Run by Anna’s House in Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province, the project seeks out some of the 280,000 Korean teenagers who do not live at home or go to school.

Highlights of the evening include a live floorshow, “The Diva Show”, Kylie Minogue impersonator MC “100% Kylie,” a silent auction and raffle prizes.

“The evening promises guests a fun, sophisticated and memorable evening filled with fine food, wine and entertainment, and to raise as much money for the AGIT charity,” the event organizer said in the invite.

ANZA is also aiming to raise 40 million won toward a three-year-funded contract for a trained psychologist on the AGIT Outreach Bus, providing crisis counseling and psychological support to homeless teenagers on the streets of Seoul.

Last year participants raised 115 million won through the ball.

“We have the support of many foreign companies and 300 plus guests and we would like to welcome more Koreans to the event to share the Australian/NZ approach to fundraising and fun,” ANZA President Cathy McQuade said in an email.

“By being a part of the ANZA Korea Charity Ball you will be helping us to make a real and practical difference to the lives of vulnerable homeless youth.”

There will also be an art exhibition of donated art by some high-profile Korean and Australian artists.

ANZA is a volunteer-based nonprofit organization committed to raising funds for Korean charities.

Any additional funds raised from the ball will be contributed to ANZA’s general charitable funds which will be distributed to other charities throughout the year.

Tickets cost 225,000 won for members and 250,000 won for non-members. Tables for 10 are 2,250,000 won.

The ball will be from 6 p.m. till late.

Email ANZA President Cathy McQuade at or visit for more.

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