On the 22nd of July, 2017, The Bali Ball returns to the chic beachfront resort of Alila Seminyak for another exquisite evening of fine dining, top-notch entertainment and most importantly monumental fund raising for those in need in Bali. 

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Bali Ball Founder, Luke Stockley of Jemme Bali

This is one of Bali’s very rare black-tie events that since 2012 has been raising considerable funds for the island’s many disadvantaged communities. This is of course where the story starts; a group of people recognised that behind the island’s bustling tourist industry, thousands of men, women and children continue to in dire, impoverished living conditions. This group could not stand idly by the vastly contrasting lifestyles and thought it’s time to give back. (More on the charitable organisations below). 

That is ultimately what The Bali Ball is about, giving back. With their motto #LoveBaliGiveBack, the event is centred around raising money through charitable donations to support some of the island’s most effective, transparent organisations. Over the years they have raised Rp. 8 Billion, supporting the claim that they are one of Bali’s largest, if not the largest, fundraising events.

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How do they do this? By creating a one-of-a-kind event and inviting the cream of Bali society to attend.

Who would’ve thought that a formal, black-tie evening would be so successful on this tropical island? Although it’s difficult to resist when you know what’s on offer: this year, 4 Head Chef’s of Alila hotels in Bali will be coming together to create a stunning 5-course meal paired with wines of the highest quality, there will be a Champagne reception, raving entertainment and an amazing array of auctions, giveaways and donations – at the end of the day, it’s all about raising money to give back to Bali.

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The event is sold out year-on-year, with Bali’s socialites, celebrities, philanthropists making sure they have their tickets! What’s the magic of the Ball? Every single rupiah raised from the tickets for the gala dinner, funds raised through the A-Class auction, sponsorships and donations – it all goes to the ultimate total raised and distributed. Not a single Rupiah is spent on management, personnel, marketing, food or drink – including the committee and everything provided by Alila.

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How Can you Support?

Of course, you can attend this illustrious annual event – it’s a great reason to dress your best and be part of the social scene. Everyone who’s anyone will be there. The price per head for The Bali Ball is IDR 2,500,000, which includes the Champagne reception and the 5-course gourmet meal (not to mention the range of entertainment you will enjoy).

If you can’t quite make it, don’t worry, you can still show your support: Join The Bali Ball Diamond Draw! For only IDR 1,000,000 per ticket, this special raffle is available for anyone present on the 22nd or not. The grand prize is a classic 18ct white gold necklace with 4.47 carats of Diamonds (H-1 colour, clarity VS2-SI1), clasping a solitaire South Sea Pearl. The certified value of the prize is USD$ 12,500. Only 250 tickets will be on sale, so the chances are pretty high. The more you buy the better of course.

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Finally, if you’re not into a glamorous night out or fancy jewellery, that’s fine. You can still make a donation directly to the fund raiser and do your part for Bali’s charities and communities.

For more information on tickets, Diamond Draw, donation and other please visit their website: www.thebaliball.com 

Organisations that The Bali Ball has helped so far:

Bali Kids: Bali Kids opened in April 2005 after more than $250,000 was raised at The Bali Ball to complete the new-build facility . The project provides a clean, safe environment for up to 60 orphans requiring special care. The centre is open to any children registered in Bali’s orphanages who need medical attention. Children from the local village projects, who’s family hold a ‘poor family card’, can also receive free treatment and care. The Bali Kids centre has been equipped to very high operating and safety standards – again much due to funds raised by The Bali Ball. [Read more about Bali Kids]

Bali Children Foundation: The vision of the Bali Children Foundation, is to provide an educational pathway for disadvantaged Balinese children – a journey leading to growth and long term sustainability. Key to this vision are 4 educational pillars:

To provide community education in remote areas of Bali.
To provide primary, secondary and tertiary scholarships to children in 40 communities
To provide English in the Village (EITV) and Computers in the Village (CITV) classes in 16 locations.
To provide educational opportunities to children at associated Children’s Homes

[Read more about Bali Children Foundation]

Bumi Sehat Foundation: Bali’s Community Health Education and Childbirth centres were the dream of American midwife Robin Lim. Her passion and dedication for improving the health and welfare of women, children and families and her ground-breaking work in the field of natural childbirth, earned her the prestigious “CNN Hero of the Year” award in 2011.  The Bali Ball has raised and donated vital funds to allow the expansion of the outreach facilities provided to families in some of the most remote and inhospitable villages of North Bali. [Read more about Bumi Sehat]

Yayasan Samaritania: Life for many of the beautiful children living in the Samaritania Orphanage revolved quite literally around the rubbish tip. They scavenged food that those more fortunate had discarded, and they rustled daily through the tons of household and domestic waste, some of it highly toxic, searching for items that they could sell at recycling plants.  Since we became aware of the plight and appalling living standards these kids suffered, The Bali Ball has rebuilt and refurbished male and female bedrooms and bathrooms, built new classrooms and kitchen and provided teachers, educational equipment and ongoing financial support for the annual running of the orphanage .

Edward Speirs

Edward Speirs

Edward, or Eddy as he prefers to be called, is the Managing Editor of NOW! Bali and host of the NOW! Bali Podcast. He enjoys photography, rural travel and loves that his work introduces him to people from all walks of life.