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About the Steve Irwin Day Gala Dinner
The Steve Irwin Day Gala Dinner celebrates the life and legacy of the original Wildlife Warrior - Steve Irwin. All proceeds from this fundraising dinner goes to Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors, to continue the conservation work Steve was so passionate about.
In 2012, the Steve Irwin Day Gala Dinner was celebrated in style at Hillstone St Lucia, with 320 guests attending with a touch of khaki and helping to raise over $100,000 for wildlife conservation!
Our goal in 2013 is to continue to keep Steve's dream alive; to celebrate the life of the one and only Crocodile Hunter and raise vital funds for Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors.
The Steve Irwin Day Gala Dinner will be held on Saturday 9 November 2013 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. This will be a ripper of an event and we hope to see you there as we KHAKI IT together!! See top-notch LIVE entertainment as well as appearances from Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin.
Khaki is not just a colour. It's an attitude!
Gala Dinner Event Details
The annual Steve Irwin Day Gala Dinner celebrates the life and legacy of the original Wildlife Warrior - Steve Irwin. All proceeds from this fundraising dinner go to Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors, so that we can continue the conservation work Steve was so passionate about and continue to keep his dream alive.
The Steve Irwin Day Gala Dinner will be held in the Plaza Terrace Room at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre on Saturday, 9 November 2013.
This first-class evening includes a sumptuous three-course dinner, premium beverages, top-notch entertainment from Wendy Matthews and appearances from our guests of honour - Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin. Unique experiences and exclusive auction items will be going under the hammer throughout the evening PLUS you'll have the opportunity to meet some of our gorgeous animals on the night.
The Plaza Terrace Room
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Grey Street Entrance
South Bank, Brisbane, QLD 4101
Date: Saturday, 9 November 2013
Dress: Black tie, with a touch of khaki
Cost: $195 each or $1,800 per table of ten
RSVP: Friday, 25 October 2013
Master of Ceremonies
Ranger Stacey Thomson
Proud to be one of the original presenters on Totally Wild, Ranger Stacey has chalked up more than 20 years as a wildlife presenter on Australian children's TV.
Her passion for animals and the great outdoors was evident from an early age when she went camping with her family to the Great Barrier Reef and Lamington National Park: "I still have vivid memories of turtles hatching in the sand and campfires at night". A career as a Park Ranger was a natural progression.
Stacey has garnered an impressive list of achievements since graduating from Queensland Agricultural College in 1983. Fresh from Uni, Stacey landed her dream job with the Queensland Department of Environment as a Ranger working at some of Queensland's most popular National Parks including Main Range, Lamington, Moreton Island and St Helena Island. In 1987 she secured her first TV role as an 'environment' presenter on the long running, Logie Awarding winning children's program "Wombat". Since then she has appeared consistently on the small screen in top children's programs including "Cartoon Company", "Bushbeat" and seven-time Logie Award winning "Agro's Cartoon Connection". One of those Logies still has pride of place in Stacey's living room.
In 1998, after successfully blending her careers as Park Ranger and TV presenter, Stacey stepped down from her official ranger role to join Network Ten full-time. She says over the years her favourite stories have always involved travel and animals... "I've hand fed giraffes, been swimming with dolphins, given an elephant a shower, and even got up close to Tassie devils and tigers!" In addition to reporting for Totally Wild, Stacey also presents documentaries for Network TEN and says she is most proud of "Go Forth and Multiply", "Devil's Advocate", "Wombat Rescue" and "Bilby Dreams".
For several years Stacey appeared as a regular guest on "Rove Live" and worked with Steve Irwin on "Croc Hunter Live" for Animal Planet. In November 2009 she was invited to be a special guest on "Chelsea Lately".
Stacey is an Ambassador for Planet Ark, the Animal Welfare League and Radio Lollipop at Brisbane's Mater Children's Hospital.
A favourite with people of all ages, Stacey's universal appeal stems from her natural and vivacious personality and her ability to have fun while at the same time manage to convey environmental messages. "Writing and presenting stories for Totally Wild gives me the opportunity to share my love of the diversity of Australian landscapes and the unique creatures that live in them".
Stacey has two daughters, Bridget and Madison. When she has some spare time, Stacey likes to walk Ralph the family dog, go on holidays and catch a good movie.
Ross Greenwood has covered finance and business matters both in Australia and around the world for almost 30 years. Currently business and finance editor of the Nine Network’s Today show, Ross was also co-host of Nine's former flagship current affairs program, SUNDAY. Ross can also be heard hosting his nightly “Money Matters” radio program on 2GB and other syndicated markets around Australia.
As a director of the sharemarket-listed investment company WAM Capital, Ross also has practical finance experience. For six years he was chairman of the investment committee of the JUST superannuation fund, the industry fund for journalists and entertainers, and in 1997, Ross was named ‘Superannuation Trustee of the Year’ by the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees for his work with JUST.
Throughout his career Ross has headed up a number of financial publications including the weekly British magazine Shares, where Ross was editor-in-chief and co-creator between 1999-2003. Since his days at Shares, Ross has gone on to head up Business Review Weekly, Personal Investor, The Age's Money Section and Australia’s Shares magazine. Ross currently writes a monthly column for Money Magazine.
Before joining the Nine Network, Ross spent time in London where he appeared as a commentator on BBC television, CNN, Sky News and Bloomberg, as well as being a regular co-host of BBC Radio Five Live's main business program, Wake Up To Money.
As a highly respected financial analyst, Ross has hosted radio programs for a number of stations and currently hosts Money Matters each weeknight on 2GB, as well as presenting Money News on the Alan Jones Breakfast Show each morning.
With his vast knowledge of the financial market and current affairs, Ross is a highly sought after MC/Host and Keynote Speaker. Ross lives in Sydney with his wife, Tanya, and son Mitchell. A keen sports-man, Ross coaches his son’s basketball team.
There are very few artists in Australia who can come close to Wendy Matthews and her stunning credentials. Her accolades include seven Arias, a massive 19 hit singles and seven platinum-plus selling albums. Her career-defining album, Lily sold over 500,000 albums and over 300,000 singles of her now signature song, The Day You Went Away, when released in the mid 1990’s. Wendy’s hit singles include, Token Angels, Let's Kiss, Woman's Gotta Have It, Friday's Child, and Love Will Keep Me Alive.
Wendy Matthews released her album, The Welcome Fire, in August. It’s her first original album in 12 years featuring the first single, Follow You Down. Wendy has co-written with Megan Washington and Josh Pyke amongst others to create an album of Wendy Matthews at her very best. Wendy will be performing the album on a national tour over the coming months.
Award-winning British comedian Jeff Green has become a well known face and voice on Australian TV and radio since arriving for his first Melbourne International Comedy Festival performance here in 1996. Amongst his many Australian TV credits are Spicks and Specks (ABC), Good News Week (Ten) as well as numerous appearances on the Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala (Ten). More recently two of his stand-up specials Jeff Green – Up West and Back From The Bewilderness were shown on consecutive prime time Saturday night ABC 1.
Now an Australian resident (he has an Australian wife, some have accused him of social climbing but he disputes that), Jeff is hugely in demand in the UK, Europe and Asia – his stand-up comedy background is impressive: A solo West-End season and three full length UK TV comedy specials.
Jeff has performed for scores of corporate clients including a large spectrum of European and Australian Industry: Virgin, Bluescope Steel, BMW, British Gas, Scottish Publican's Association, BOSS Industry Awards, and Deloitte.
Jeff is a best selling author with his books selling over 300,000 copies. Jeff is well known on UK radio and TV, his BBC Radio 2 comedy series The Green Guide To Life attracted audience averages of over 3 million radio listeners. His recent UK TV appearances include Celebrity Masterchef (twice), Michael Mcintyre's Comedy Roadshow (both BBC1) and as team captain on Bill Bailey's Birdwatching Bonanza (Sky 1).
The Pressure are Brisbane's premier party band with a wealth of experience in corporate, hotel and event work. This 7-piece act has the chemistry to make the dancefloor jump.
As one of Brisbane's most experienced bands, The Pressure deliver cocktail grooves, old school classics, funky R&B, 70's disco, 80's and 90's right up to today's top 40 popular hits.
The Pressure is led by one of Brisbane's most renowned musicians, Ross Comerford and showcases 3 singers up front, drums, bass, keys, saxophone, trumpet and guitar.
Australian Girls Choir
The Australian Girls Choir (AGC) has developed a reputation for inspirational performances to audiences in Australia and around the world. Like no other choir you've seen before, these girls perform with vibrancy and energy which is how they have sung their way into the hearts of thousands of people world-wide.
The angelic voices of the AGC have been heard at many hundreds of public performances including singing for Queen Elizabeth II, President Barack Obama and Ellen DeGeneres during their recent Australian visits.
Plus... some very special Australia Zoo wildlife!
Guests of Honour
Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin