Nov 17 2008

An amazing night aka I cannot believe this is my actual job…

Posted by Jenelle in Work / 3 Comments

The reason things have been a bit quiet on the blogging side of things is that work has been crazy. This is because on Wednesday night it was the Association’s biggest event for the year, the 2008 Benefit Dinner.

Now I have a fair bit to post about it but it is late here and I didn’t quite know where to start as there is so much to explain.

So instead –

Click here to see the Fox 5 New York report on the evening

New York Post report on the dinner

Here are some photos of the evening

This is the little wrap up I put up on the website

A few of my photos that I took

There were also some random mentions in The Australian as Wayne Swan attended.

I cannot believe that, as part of my job, I get to attend and help put together such events. I think I am still pinching myself. Saying that, on the night I was absolutely exhausted as the day was spent running from the office to the venue then back to work then to the hairdresser then back to the venue and then getting changed and working the registration desk.

Bill also got to come along for the evening and check out this gorgeous photo… awww!

American Australian Association Benefit Dinner 2008

Michael Johns (the Aussie who was awesome on American Idol) played a few songs.. and I got to get a photo with him afterwards.

American Australian Association Benefit Dinner 2008

The venue, Cipriani Wall Street, was absolutely stunning!

American Australian Association Benefit Dinner 2008

It was an fabulous evening – not only because it was great to get all dolled up and have a night out with some distinguished company, but I got to see first hand, the true extent of philanthropy here which is something that constantly amazes me.

It was also just as fabulous to see how a small team of people (my colleagues) are able to work towards organizing such a massive event every year that is such a success.

It was like nothing else I have experienced and really being thrown in to the job in such a way has been a fantastic way to get the hang of things and really learn what the Association is all about. All of this is happening while still getting used to the work practices in a different country and still understanding life without a reference desk. Yes… an absolutely typical Jenelle situation!