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$80K In Silent Auction Items Up For Grabs At Star Spangled Honour Awards

28 September 2011

Items in the 2011 Honour Awards Silent Auction include Tom Ford eyewear,
bercrombie & Fitch clothing, private gallery tours, a trip to Macau,
concert tickets and a once in a lifetime New York experience.

Community heroes, TV, fashion and musical theatre stars plus some special celebrity guests from the US are all set to join members of NSW's GLBT community at the Honour Awards this Thursday to kick off Sydney's first ever Big Gay Weekend...and battle it out for over $80,000 in amazing silent auction bargains.

Marcia Hines, Peter Morrissey, Foxtel star Andrew Mercado, and Hairspray star Trevor Ashley will join 24 inspirational finalists at the Ivy's Sun Room on Thursday night to recognise outstanding achievements within or contributions to NSW's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community.

Tickets are still available for the annual gala fundraising event for ACON, which will also be attended by some visiting performers from the US who are in Sydney for the Big Gay Weekend.

In addition to the awards ceremony and cocktail party, guests will be able to bid on over 60 silent auction items worth $80,000 including a luxury holiday for two in Macau and a 5-star trip to for two to New York with a VIP guest package to a taping of ABC's The View with Whoppi Goldberg and Barbara Walters.

There's also celebrity beauty treatments, clothing and accessories from Tom Ford and Abercrombie & Fitch, a private tour of the forthcoming Picasso exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW, premium tickets to Placido Domingo, Elton John and Dolly Parton, a 12-month package of VIP tickets to Sydney's leading cultural events plus lots of dining and culinary experiences as well as art, furniture, mobile devices and professional services.

ACON Events Coordinator David Wilkins says the Honour Awards will be great way to kick off the Big Gay Weekend.

"We're delighted to be launching the festivities with a truly memorable occasion not only for our inspirational finalists but for all our guests whose attendance we'll be honouring with a really sensational celebration of our community."

Acing ACON CEO Geoff Honnor says money raised from tickets sales and the silent auction will help fund ACON's vital work in the community.

"While ACON gets a significant amount of recurrent funding from NSW Health, that money is specifically for our HIV and STI work," he says. "Our work in relation to GLBT health and wellbeing - such as alcohol and other drugs, lesbian health, anti-violence, mental health, ageing, community care and advocacy - is financed by one off grants, fundraising activities and donations.

"To keep this important work going, we rely on the generosity of people and organisations in our community. By coming along to the Honour Awards, community members, their friends and associates can celebrate the dynamic spirit of our community and, at the same time, raise money to help ACON build our community's health and wellbeing."


What, where, when?

What: Honour 2011 - Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Party
Where: Sun Room, The Ivy, 330 George St, Sydney
When: Thursday 29 September 2011
Time: 7pm - 11pm
Cost: $85 per person (inc. quality wines and beers, delicious canapés and fabulous entertainment)
Info/Tix: www.honourawards.com.au



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