A couple of weeks ago I wondered whether you’d like to come to an awesome party.
I’m just home from said party and it was in fact awesome! Tonight’s party was to reward people who had donated over $100 to the Awesome Foundation’s recent fundraiser for a special grant – it ended up being over $3,000.
We were welcomed by an old style train conductor who issued us a ticket, and ushered us into the foyer where artists from Tram Sessions entertained us until the behemoth lift arrived. A delightful and theatrical start to the evening!
The party was held in the incredible new coworking space of Inspire9. They’ve put a lot of love into the fit out and it leaks goodness. Of course my eye was out for the food. There were cocktails made from my favourite West Winds Gin, with perfectly aged lemon juice (apparently it mellows after a few hours) and honey from rooftop bees, topped with special honeycomb made from rooftop bees honey too!
If you’re unfamiliar with Rooftop Bees, they’re a fantastic Melbourne business which received an Awesome Foundation grant some time ago. They now install bees in the inner city helping plants, creating urban freeways for bees, and making delicious honey! They are also super lovely.
I made a short video of looking at food, my friends, and antique train tickets…
MC Simon Taylor introduced the three projects vying for the grant. 5cents is a project put forward by Ygap (makers of Kinfolk and more) to collect neglected 5cent coins, ArtTruck is an awesome idea to create a mobile gallery, and One Girl is after cash to install a toilet at the school in Sierra Leone they support as students are being bitten by snakes when doing ‘wees and poos’.
Each guest stuck their tram ticket to the wall of the project they supported and it came down to a one ticket decision! One Girl got the cash and are looking forward to installing a toilet for the school.
Tresna Lee once again did an outstanding job of creating a night not only with fantastic food (hello 10kg of cheese) but great opportunities to mingle and make connections. Congratulations to all involved!
You can find a bazillion more photos in this album here.