Freemasonry is a charitable and fraternal organisation that will celebrate in 2017 the 300th anniversary of the Grand Lodge of England. Being a fitting occasion to throw a massive party, we are inviting you to join us for the inaugural Masonic Charity Ball, of which all of the proceeds will be donated to the Teddies For Loving Care appeal. Ladies and gentlemen, this black tie dinner will be THE masonic social event of the year and not to be missed!
When: 20th May 2017 - 6pm
Where: The Great Room, The Langham Hotel, Auckland
Dress code: Black tie. This is a formal dress event, so dust of your top hats and start shopping for a new ball gown.
The evening will begin at one of Auckland’s finest hotels, where you will be met on arrival with trays of champagne, beer, wine and a selection of non alcoholic drinks.
After spending an enjoyable social hour mixing and mingling, you will then move into the Great Room, the largest ballroom in Auckland, where you will be treated to a sumptuous 3 course dinner with a quality selection of wines and other beverages.
You can then dance the night away to music from one of the best bands in Auckland, playing all of your favourites songs, old and new.
Tickets are on sale now for $199. This prices includes champagne on arrival, 5-star 3 course meal, open bar, entertainment AND your charitable donation.
The Langham has also offered a special room rate if you wish to spend the night. Enquire here firstname.lastname@example.org
Freemasons - Who are we?
Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations. For many, its biggest draw is the fact that members come from all walks of life and meet as equals whatever their race, religion or socio-economic position in society.
Its values are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness.
Freemasonry provides a unique environment for people from all backgrounds to learn skills, make lasting friendships, achieve their potential and, above all, have fun.
What is more, the organisation provides a valuable forum for discussion between members in an open environment, helping to build trust.
Freemasonry prides itself on its transparency. Not only are Freemasons completely free to acknowledge their membership, they are encouraged to do so.
There are no closed doors in Freemasonry – anyone can visit its headquarters at Freemasons’ Hall in London – and Lodges throughout the UK regularly open their doors to visitors. For everyone, Lodges offer a place of harmony and tranquillity.
Freemasons make a major contribution to society through their own charities, as well as through donations to UK charities and worldwide disaster relief funds, with members playing an active role in their communities.
Freemasonry is more relevant and important to society today than ever, as it encompasses and embraces all the fundamental principles of good citizenship.
Many of these are learnt through traditional rituals that take the form of one-act plays, leading to increased self-esteem and confidence.
For more information, visit www.freemasons.org.nz
Teddies for Loving Care (TLC Appeal)
TLC is a registered charity for children, launched in the U.K. in 2001 and provides teddy bears for ill and distressed children during their stay in hospital.
Prior to the launch, a great deal of research was carried out. Hospitals were asked how TLC and what requirements would have to be met in order to meet stringent toy safety regulations and also be cuddly enough to appeal to small children. Medical staff present the teddies to children admitted who are in severe distress and where the staff feel that a teddie or soft toy to cuddle will help alleviate the stress and assist them in their work..
Thankfully, after 12 years, that support and enthusiasm for the Appeal still exists and well over 1,000,000 teddies have now been distributed throughout the U.K. Now the programme is being implemented in New Zealand. Most of the money raised to fund the Appeal comes from Freemasons themselves through lodge donations, but the appeal has received some donations from individuals and the sale of TLC merchandise e.g. other teddies (not the ones supplied to hospitals) and lapel pins. With the New Zealand focus on 0-5 year olds, we require 21,500 teddies, costing $90,000 per annum.
Absolutely none of the appeal money is spent on administration, all the time and facilities are donated. Less than 1% on fund-raising and PR, but every penny of the remainder is used to produce the teddies.
For more information, visit www.tlcappeal.org