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Spooktacular night of fun raises $150,000 for charities

Sydney, 07 November 2014

A ‘spooktacular’ night of entertainment on 1 November in Sydney saw $150,000 raised for four causes supported by Macquarie staff.

More than 320 guests attended the Macquarie Funds Group’s Halloween Haunt Charity Gala Ball at Sydney Town Hall, with half the proceeds going to the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health (in support of Huntington’s Disease) and the remaining split between the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Cerebral Palsy Alliance and ReachOut.com by Inspire Foundation

Guests were treated to a sit-down meal, a live and silent auction with many great prizes, a live band and Halloween-themed desserts.

The nine-strong Macquarie organising committee spent several months in the lead up to the event sourcing prizes and sponsors. Committee member Terence Kwan said the team were very pleased with how the night went and are already considering options for a 2015 fundraiser.

 

Image caption: Professor Anthony Hannan, head of neural plasticity at the largest brain research group in the southern hemisphere, the Florey Institute, flanked by Macquarie Funds Group’s Rowena O’Neill and Chair of the Macquarie Group Foundation Shemara Wikramanayake.