Bev Lawson

Bev Lawson & John Avery

The Illawarra Police Charity Ball began with one woman's vision in 1985.

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Relive the excitement of the momentous occasion through these carefully curated photographs that showcase the energy and passion of everyone involved. Take a look back at unforgettable moments, heartfelt speeches, and memorable performances.

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Illawarra Police Charity Ball

The longest continually running police ball in NSW

This year celebrating a major milestone with its 36th annual event. The ball is not purely a police event. Each year an average over 300 people attend representing a broad cross-section of the Illawarra, from emergency service personnel to business representatives and members of the community.

The ball is regarded as a community celebration which aims to provide a great night out, while at the same time raising much-needed money for local charities. This endeavour is assisted each year by generous sponsorships and donations from a variety of businesses throughout NSW. To date, the ball has raised over $500,000 for local charities and will continue building on this tremendous amount.

In 2024, the Illawarra Police Charity Ball will celebrate its 36th anniversary on Friday 26 July at 6.30pm for 7.00pm start at the Great Hall, University of Wollongong, the venue testimony to the growth and popularity of the event since those early days at the Frat. Today, the ball has established itself as a great value for money night out, and a must attend social event in the Illawarra.