Over $8,000 raised for Youngcare!

My dear friends Christina, Dale, and Alex are on the Committee for Goodtimes for Goodwill and I was lucky enough to be able to attend their 2011 Russian Winter’s Night themed dinner party benefitting Youngcare.

Goodtimes for Goodwill is a not-for-profit organization established by young professionals in Brisbane, Australia.

Goodtimes for Goodwill’s mission:

“Our mission is to increase awareness of deserving causes within our age group and raise much needed finds for selected Australian and International charities by organising unique social events.”

All dressed up and ready for the party

The formal dinner party called for everyone to dress up in their finest Russian attire with furs, jewels, tattoos, and military inspired uniforms. The fabulous affair was held at Custom House, a stunningly beautiful historic building that sits on the Brisbane river.

We were greeted by an Ice Queen and Ballet Dancers

When we arrived at Custom House ballet dancers greeted us, an Ice Queen was on stilts, and there was even snow (brought in by snow machines but 100% magical)!

After lots of photos, a few cocktails, and a well deserved snowball fight on the terrace of Custom House, everyone made their way inside.

A three-course dinner was carefully prepared, served with fine wine, and endless Moscow Mules! Amidst our dining, professional Russian ballet dancers performed a traditional ballet routine.

Snow in Brisbane!

So what was the occasion? GtG understands the perfect balance of partying for a purpose! This event raised over $8,000 for Youngcare, a local organization that was established in 2005 for the support of young people in aged care facilities.

Right now, there are over 6,500 young Australians living in aged care – simply because there are very limited alternatives. Imagine being in your 20’s, requiring 24/7 care, and being surrounded by elderly with very short life expectancies.

Youngcare works hard to raise awareness of this issue and drive change to create choices for young people requiring full-time care.

Moscow Mules to theme

The whole event was absolutely incredible! I had so much fun playing dress up, enjoying the delicious food, and cutting loose on the dance floor… especially knowing that our “Good time” was going towards “Goodwill.”

A very Russian dinner party

Much respect GtG!

Keep the positive partying going!

For more information on Goodtimes for Goodwill, please visit their website: Goodtimes for Goodwill

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Kiersten Rich is the bikini-obsessed author of award-winning solo female travel and lifestyle blog, The Blonde Abroad, featuring travel tips, fashion, food, festivals and photography from around the world.