Share the dream 2017
Share the Dream is our biggest annual fundraiser and a huge part of what enables UpsideDowns to keep supporting Kiwi kids with Down syndrome. It is a cocktail-style evening with live and silent charity auctions, a live band, yummy food, a bar, and an all-round great night out. This year, it was held at the beautiful St Matthew-in-the-City in the heart of central Auckland.
Share the Dream 2017 was a resounding success, with nearly $49,000 raised for UpsideDowns!
Every single silent auction item sold to a lucky bidder, and the live auction was fun for everyone with our MC, Simon McKinney, at the helm. As they perused the silent auction items, attendees were able to enjoy yummy food from Café Hanoi and the Brûlée Bike, a full bar, a photobooth, and the musical talents of the CVE Band.
We enjoyed comedy from Simon McKinney, and a truly wonderful performance from two of UpsideDowns' teenaged members, Lily Mae Ivatt-Oakley and Molly Dennis. It was great to see so many members of all ages and their families in attendance! Share the Dream is a great way for us to raise funds and awareness for UpsideDowns, but it's also a time for us all to get together and celebrate the work we do, and the great kids we do it for. Thank you to each and every person who attended or donated. Because of you, we can keep going from strength to strength in 2018!
There was something for everyone with over100 auction items to choose from! These included exclusive experiences unavailable anywhere else, like an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Auckland Art Gallery, a day fishing on a private boat, your very own poetry commission, or a personal training opportunity with Auckland Rugby.
Thanks to our volunteers, who really helped to make the night come alive with their support and enthusiasm. Our volunteers were:
Lola Reynolds, Hugo Bateman, Forrest Denize, Keith Paterson, Andrew Chen, Jessica Ross, Mel Edmonds, Pooja Sundar, Tom Pedlar, Jerome Cameron, and Reuben Cairns-Morrison.
Click to view more photos from Share the Dream 2017 - thank you to Emma Kierle of Sweet Events Photography!