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30 Years of United Way Ballarat – Worth Celebrating!

And we at United Way Ballarat have celebrated!

With 1983 being the year it all officially started it seemed fitting to kick off the celebrations with an 80s party.

Held at the George Hotel in Lydiard Street, guests came dressed in their most outrageous 80s style gear and partied to music from that era.  Prizes were also awarded for the best costume.


Prize winners


More photos can be viewed at http://www.flickr.com/photos/unitedwayballarat/sets/72157634799487790/

United Way Ballarat 30th Birthday Reunion

A lively reunion was attended by several people from businesses who were ‘in’ at the beginning of The Ballarat Community Fund; The Courier, McCain Foods and Australian Timken being a few of those who oversaw the transition to United Way and have since supported the organisation through various programs and events.

Among the guests were Bob Matthews, a founding member of the Community Fund, Craig and Vicki Coltman, Cathie Fitzpatrick, Paul Niall, Helen Quick, Janet Jordan, Ray Rhodes and Martin Russell as well as a number of Loaned Executives, Workplace Representatives and Board Members spanning the 30 years to 2013.

Stacey Grose, current Chair of the Board, welcomed the guests and thanked them for their support over past years, and she looked forward to seeing them at United Way Ballarat’s 40th Birthday!

Spirit of Ballarat Award Night

Over 100 people attended a celebration at the elegant Alexandria on Lydiard and accompanied by some fabulous food we celebrated the past and looked to the future of United Way Ballarat.  The evening was officially opened by Stacey Grose, with Geoff Sharp, CEO of United Way Ballarat, MC for the night.

Special recognition was given to the following companies and individual supporters with presentations of certificates and some ‘very special’ champion sashes:

Current Corporate Sponsors


Representatives from current and founding supporting companies

  • City of Ballarat
  • Powercor
  • VicWest Community Telco
  • Southern Cross Business Machines 
  • ACU

Founding Companies

  • Australian Timken 
  • MARS Chocolates
  • McCain Foods 
  • Thomas Jewellers
  • WIN Network

Top 10 Workplace Giving Companies

  1. City of Ballarat
  2. McCain Foods
  3. UFS
  4. CE Bartlett
  5. Haymes Paint
  6. MARS Chocolates
  7. Ballarat Grammar
  8. Child and Family Services Ballarat
  9. Centacare Ballarat
  10. Loreto College Ballarat

Special Recognition Awards

  • The Courier
  • Commonwealth Bank
  • The Red Lion
  • WRISC Family Violence Support

Most Outstanding WPG Coordinators

  • Jodie Kennedy (City of Ballarat)
  • Annette McKenzie (Pinarc Disability Services)
  • Peter Rix (Loretto College Ballarat)
  • Jo Rix (ACU)

    Annette McKenzie


    Jo and Peter Rix


    Jodie Kennedy (City of Ballarat)

More photos can be found at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/unitedwayballarat/sets/72157635260899977/


The night also included a moving presentation from this year’s graduating Ballarat Advocates (more…).

and a creative presentation about the Ballarat Imagination Library (more….) from Geoff Sharp, CEO of United Way Ballarat



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