The Star Ball fundraising Gala Balls take place annually in Canberra, Darwin, Sydney, Melbourne and biennially on the Gold Coast with proceeds going to the Starlight Children’s Foundation to brighten the lives of seriously ill children, teenagers and their families throughout Australia. In 2020 the aim is to raise $1.2m across all five Gala Balls, with Star Ball Melbourne equally supporting a second charity, EB Research Foundation.

The first Star Ball Gala began 22 years ago in Sydney when a function for friends and associates was held by the National Chair, Scott Didier, to raise money for Starlight. Extremely happy with the event and what they raised on the night, it became an annual fundraising Gala Ball.

Since those initial beginnings the Star Ball inspiration has been replicated by friends and close contacts throughout Australia by volunteer committees who work tirelessly year round to create an exceptionally fun, unique and professionally run night out.

Star Balls feature brilliantly themed ballrooms together with performances by high calibre artists and entertainers, scrumptious dining and premium beverages, ensuring a great experience and feel good atmosphere for guests.

Each year the event profile gets bigger and better as does the generation of funds, the number of attendees and the excitement and enthusiasm in the lead up to the night.

Each of the events have a variety of fundraising activities such as:
– live and silent auctions providing guests with the opportunity to bid to their hearts content on a unique selection of generously donated items and experiences.
– raffles
– champagne and diamond bars
– wall of wine
and many more activities for guests to interact and support Starlight on the night!

A premium fundraising event for Starlight, the collaborative efforts of the Star Ball Committee’s, as well as the input from sponsors and guests, come together to assist in brightening the lives of seriously ill children, teenagers and their families.

National Star Ball Committee…


Scott Didier

Scott Didier (Chair)


Claudia Vannithone


Justin Coleman


Karl Truijens

(Sydney Co-Chair)


Greg Rudolph

(Sydney Co-Chair)

Elise Redman

(Gold Coast)

Endowment Fund…


The committees have recognised the importance in creating a future income stream for the Starlight Children’s Foundation to fund future programs.

As a result a decision was made to establish an endowment fund where a portion from each event is allocated to this fund. The National Committee have a goal of raising $5m in the endowment fund.