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Catriona Rowntree

MC and Patron of The Arnott’s Foundation


Catriona is a very familiar face in Australian broadcasting and TV. She has been a news researcher, newsreader, radio presenter.  In 1996, Catriona joined the Getaway team Australia’s longest-running and most popular holiday and travel program.

Catriona has been an active member of the Arnott’s Foundation since its inception and holds the Foundation near and dear to her heart. She has been involved in lots of the Foundation fundraising activities over the last number of years and we are delighted to have Catriona MC our Gala.

Andrew Morello

Auctioneer


Andrew Morello, winner of the first season of The Apprentice Australia, credits his strong work ethic as the catalyst for his success. Morello’s lifelong exposure to the property and finance industry, natural enthusiasm and outstanding sales skills mean he is adept at providing people with the service and outcome they are seeking.

A natural leader from his days at St Bernard’s College, Morello founded his own business at the age of fifteen and never looked back. Morello is now Head of Business Development at Yellow Brick Road, and is working closely with Executive Chairman Mark Bouris to further grow Yellow Brick Road’s expanding branch network. Morello is also the co-founder of online jewelry company Bellagio and Co. and a founding member of The Entourage, Australia’s largest educator and community of entrepreneurs with over 85,000 members around the world.

Morello’s number one mantra is that relationships are the key to a lifetime of success.

Furnace and the Fundamentals

Entertainers


 

Providing an eclectic blend of the best songs ever written, delivered with all the character of the original and twice the energy, Furnace and the Fundamentals give the people what they want – better than they remembered it.

 

The six Sydney showmen with a penchant for over the top antics are known for their raucous live shows including their signature FURNAPALOOZA – an exhilarating, non-stop party set of the greatest songs of all time, accompanied by a mind-boggling, memory-triggering matrix of music footage on the big screen, light up suits, inflatables and more dance-floor anthems than you can count.

 

From Beyonce to The Beatles, Mark Ronson to Michael Jackson, The Lion King to Dirty Dancing – their immense repertoire spans countless hits, performed with their incredible musicianship and a stunning stage presence. This band is unlike anything you’ve seen before.

 

Thousands of fans across Australia, the UK & Europe have seen Furnace earn their reputation as bona fide party starters, including show-stopping performances at Falls Festival, St Kilda Festival, Edinburgh, Perth & Adelaide Fringe, Royal Ascot, the British Grand Prix, New Year’s Eve on Sydney Harbour and countless packed club shows, including Sydney’s iconic Enmore Theatre and London’s Electric Ballroom.

ED5INTERNATIONAL

Entertainers


 

ED5INTERNATIONAL offers an accredited Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts, unique and exclusive to ED5INTERNATIONAL. Guided by William A. Forsythe with founders Elena & Mario De Cinque it boasts Australia’s leading faculty and was voted No. 1 Performing Arts College in the country.

 

The Directors (William, Elena and Mario) pride themselves on all the graduates working globally in every single area of the performing arts including all international Theme Parks, Cruiseships, Moulin Rouge, West End, London and now Broadway, New York.

 

ED5INTERNATIONAL elevates and enhances the profile of Australian Performing Arts and delivers the highest level of performer through dedication, discipline, talent and a lot of laughter and love. Visit our website and learn more about our full-time course and performing arts tuition for children: www.ed5international.com.au

DRUM BEATS

Entertainers


Drum roll please!

 

Vibrant, entrancing, fun!

These are just some of the words used to describe our fantastic African drumming performance! This is a truly unique piece of entertainment to add to any special event or occasion.

 

The rhythmic beats made by these traditional drums are really something to be experienced firsthand. However, it’s not just a feast for the ears. The costumes worn by our performers are truly beautiful. You’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve wandered into the Serengeti as the level of authenticity is fantastic!

Mahalia Barnes

Entertainer


Mahalia Barnes has been in and around music her entire life.
Throughout her childhood years she was exposed to everything from Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett to Ike + Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder, all of which helped shape her into the powerhouse soul and blues vocalist that has jaws dropping every time she picks up a mic.