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The Ambassador’s Farewell Dinner & GABA Charitable Auction


Sun 20 Oct 2013, 4:30pm–10:00pm

Where: Cordis Auckland, 83 Symonds Street, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: R18

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $135.00
  • Group (10): $125.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: Wayne Lockwood

The Gay Auckland Business Association’s annual charity event will be twice as fabulous this year as we bid a fond farewell to New Zealand’s favourite out and proud American Ambassador.

Ambassador David Huebner and his spouse Dr Duane McWaine are regrettably nearing the end of their tenure as America’s representatives to New Zealand.

Although most Ambassadors depart after three years, Huebner and McWaine have been with us for almost four years now, and have redefined the relationship between our two countries.

As President Obama’s first openly gay Ambassadorial appointee, David Huebner has been a great inspiration to New Zealand’s Rainbow Community and a good friend.

Auckland’s most prominent business people, companies and supporters in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities will gather in The Langham’s glittering Great Room on Sunday 20th October for this glamorous charity occasion.

The annual dinner and auction is the primary fundraiser for the GABA Charitable Trust, which has given out community grants and scholarships totalling well over $200,000 throughout the last decade.

This year’s illustrious Master of Ceremonies has been confirmed as two-time Qantas Media Award winning journalist and broadcaster, Alistair Wilkinson, who is presently on screens and behind the scenes as News Director at SKY News.

The evening’s entertainment will include star-spangled tributes from a stellar line-up of local performers, including recently crowned Mr Gay World, Chris Olwage; Pacific drag icons, Buckwheat, Tess Tickle and Venus Mantrapp; torch song jazz singer, Briar Ross; and New Zealand’s Queen of Burlesque, Miss Leda Petit. Back again as GABA Auctioneer is Michelle Maitland from George Walkers Auctions.

In addition to live entertainment, special guest speakers and the charity auction, the black-tie-optional occasion will include champagne on arrival and a superb, three-course, silver service dinner.

Last year’s event was a record-breaking success, with the charity auction’s largest ever fundraising haul of $30,000 for the GABA Charitable Trust to distribute back to the community.

For a second year, the fundraiser is produced with the support of the Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) Trust, an organisation which encourages diversity by promoting the recruitment and development of people on the basis of merit and generates awareness of the business benefits and rewards of an inclusive workplace.

GABA is also grateful for the ongoing support of the AUT Business School, JX Live, Poof Bar, L.Y.C, Express magazine,, George Walkers and The Langham.

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