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Charity-focused Bean Counters Ball to return for 10th anniversary

The annual Bean Counters Ball has announced it will be returning for its 10th anniversary after being postponed in 2020.

The event is a joint initiative between local members of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and CPA Australia, which has raised almost $200,000 since its launch in 2011.

The volunteer board was recently elected and is focused on ensuring an increase in fundraising to help support their charities of choice.

Hayden Asper was appointed Chairperson and Gerhard Bierman was the Co-Chairperson for 2021. Hayden said they are excited to be bringing the Bean Counters Ball back in 2021.

“The ball raises much-needed funds for youth and education in the Hunter Region and we were extremely disappointed this wasn’t possible in 2020. However, we’re ready to come back bigger and better than ever this year.”

Half of the funds raised at the annual Bean Counters Ball support Samaritans Student Accommodation in Newcastle which provides a safe place for students to live while they are completing their education.

The other half of the funds are donated to the Hunter TAFE Foundation, providing scholarships supporting youth education in business, accounting or finance.

“We are proud to again partner with Samaritans and the Hunter TAFE Foundation in 2021. The committee believes our positions in the local community mean we have a responsibility to support young people across the Hunter Region and with the generosity of sponsors and guests, we look forward to continuing to provide opportunities for young people to learn and grow,” Hayden continued.

Alongside the Chair and Co-chair, the committee consists of 14 individuals from the local business community. These members include; Sally Bates (Morrissey Law + Advisory), Laura Brooks (Prosperity), Daniel Drayton (SVP Partners), James Hunt (University of Newcastle), Tabitha Lethlean (Peter Kilmurray Lawyers), Jackie Marriott (PKF), Sarah Scott (PKF), Jack Schmidt (Boeing), Ashleigh Simpson (Shaw Gidley), Raj Sirimanne (nib), Monica Walmsley (Monica Clare Recruitment), and Gemma Williams (Lambourne Partners).

“The committee are dedicated to creating another memorable night and making a difference in the community. We hope the event can raise more funds than ever before, and make up for the 2020 hiatus,” Hayden concluded.

The 2021 Bean Counters Ball will be held on Friday 29 October 2021 at the NEX. This year’s theme is Gin and Jazz where guests can expect some 1920s-inspired live entertainment, as well as the Bean Counters Ball signature lucky dips and raffles to raise money for the cause.

Tickets can be purchased through the Bean Counters Ball website either individually or for a table of 10 and include beer and wine, a delicious three-course meal and entertainment.

More information and ticket sales for the event are available on the Bean Counters Ball website:

IMAGE | 2021 Hunter Bean Counters Ball Committee. 

For further information or comment, please contact: Chairperson – Hayden Asper | 0402 923 186


About Hunter Bean Counters Ball

The Bean Counters Ball is an annual fundraiser that raises money to support youth and education in our region. The event is a joint initiative between local members of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and CPA Australia

Since it was established in 2011, the Ball has raised more than $120,000 with half of the funds going towards Samaritans Student Accommodation which offers supported accommodation, education and employment opportunities to young people and the other half donated to Hunter TAFE Foundation to provide scholarships supporting youth education in business, accounting or finance.

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