Mai-Wel Celebrity Comedy Debate raises $20,000!


The Mai-Wel Group’s 11th Annual Celebrity Comedy Debate, proudly presented by DFK Crosbie, was held on Saturday 8th August at Hunter Valley Grammar School. More than 250 guests attended the event, purchasing raffle tickets and bidding on a range of exciting auction items. As a result more than $20,000 was raised for Mai-Wel’s Creative Arts Program.

The topic for 2015, ‘Youth is Wasted on the Young’ was debated by celebrities Cal Wilson, Lex Marinos and some home grown talent. After compelling arguments presented by both teams, the audience decided that youth IS wasted on the young!

“We are proud to be able to bring a quality, entertaining and fun night to the Hunter region for the 11th year running. The generosity of local businesses and members of our community has ensured the ongoing success of this event year after year”, said Pennie Kearney, CEO of The Mai-Wel Group.

“Their commitment and willingness to be a ‘partner’ in Mai-Wel’s vision of new areas of opportunity and choice for people with a disability in this area is exceptional”.

“The funds raised will provide a huge boost to Mai-Wel’s Creative Arts Program, which provides all-inclusive art and performance opportunities for people with a disability or disadvantage in our local community”.

Since its inception, The Mai-Wel Celebrity Comedy Debate has become a hot ticket on the Hunter’s social calendar and is one of three major fundraising events held annually by The Mai-Wel Group. Mai-Wel extends a warm thank you to our major sponsor DFK Crosbie and to all of the sponsors, supporters, staff, volunteers and guests who attended the night.

If you would like to find out more about any of The Mai-Wel Group’s annual fundraising events, please contact the Events team on 4932 8599.

The Mai-Wel Group wishes to convey sincere thanks and appreciation to the following organisations and individuals, without whose generosity and support this event would not be possible; DFK Crosbie, The Good Guys East Maitland, Talent Code, Hunter Signs, Imagine Now I.T., Maitland Mercury, Newcastle Herald, NBN, KOFM, Kis Marketing, Josh Callinan, Brigette Uren, Tara Whitewood, Ian Gollan, Dan Cox, Hunter Valley Grammar School, Tulloch Wines, Wine Country Catering, Tooheys, Coca-Cola Amatil, A1 Audio, Fire Bug Photography, Tap Pups Newcastle, Beavis Party and Events Hire, Redhead Foamworx, Think Weddings and Events, Crema Coffee Garage, Quest Maitland, Tony Cant Real Estate, Peter Hogan and Jo Gibson, Capture Imagine Photography, Sally & Patrick’s Fruit & Veg, The Vintage, Beyond Ballooning, Hunter Valley Vintage Wings, Moorebank Private Vineyard, Calais Estate, Denise Stephenson Art, Kooindah Waters, Blue Water Sailing, PACE Setters, Two Fat Blokes Gourmet Kitchen, Brokenwood Wines and First Creek Estate. 

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