After a two year COVID-delay, close to 300 people enjoyed a fun-filled 10th anniversary celebration at the MIA Amie St Clair Ball, held at The Range Function Centre in Wagga Wagga on Saturday 25 June.
The Amie St Clair Melanoma Trust was established 12 years ago by Annette and Peter St Clair, after they lost their 23-year-old daughter Amie to melanoma. Their vision was to improve support services for melanoma patients in the Riverina. In 2020 Amie St Clair Melanoma merged with Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA), further expanding services and allowing for the opening of MIA clinical trials in Wagga Wagga. This was the first Ball since the merger.
The Ball officially began with the cutting of an anniversary cake by Dr Richard Harrison, MIA CEO Matthew Browne, melanoma nurse Danielle Goss, Tim St Clair (Amie’s brother), and Annette and Peter St Clair.
Our guest speaker, via video, was MIA ambassador Olivia Vivian. You could have heard a pin drop, and there were many teary eyes, as Olivia shared her story, including the heartbreak of losing her father to melanoma.
Guests were welcomed on arrival by Miss Wagga Wagga entrant Ashlee Janic. Our wonderful MC for the evening was Leigh Ryan from Triple M Riverina. Auctioneer Joe Wilks was brilliant, and local band One Shot Too Many played four incredible sets and ensured the dance floor was always full. Our pic shows Annette joining them on the maracas for one song!
A huge thank you to Amanda ‘Moo’ Hubbard and the Ball organising committee for an amazing evening!
We are also so grateful to everyone who generously provided items for the lucky door prize, raffles and auctions. And, of course, a big thank you to all who joined in the celebrations.
Mark your calendars, we can’t wait until Saturday 24 June next year!