We changed the format of the Gala dinner a little in 2013 to deliver a great night - and even more great networking!
After the great feedback, we'll be doing something similar in 2014 too! To get a feel for what will be on offer, check out what we did in 2013 below.
Food & drinks:
We had a delicious constant grazing selection with "tastes of the world" from five different countries. Wine, beer and soft drinks were included all night.
We had free seating at large tables and a lounge area for those that wanted the chance to mingle.
We're were in a new space in the venue - Hall 4 - overlooking across the river with fabulous skyline views.
This was a chance to dress up and really make a night of it!
PeSA again supported the fantastic Reach Foundation, with a charity auction as part of the night.
For those who enjoy a spot of dancing we are happy to confirm special guest artist Jason Delphin. Jason will be playing through the night to provide great atmosphere at a "networking friendly" volume and then "turning it up" from 10pm-11pm for those that enjoy a dance.
Haven't booked yet? If you've already registered for conference but want to add a dinner ticket, you can purchase online here.
Jason’s music style is a contemporary blend of blues/soul/jazz/folk and pop.
Upon completing his honors degree in contemporary music he was unearthed by Triple j gaining high rotation on the prestigious radio station. The unique lyrics and easy-to listen-to melodies were compiled to form his first self-titled album called “Trouble”, which came out in 2012.
Jason plays from Brisbane to Byron Bay at various venues through the week and weekend. He has also traveled internationally to play at private parties/Weddings as well as traveled through Australia supporting such bands as The Violent Femmes, Silverchair, Something for Kate and Josh Pyke. In 2006 Jason signed a record deal with rocking horse/ EMI. 2008 saw Delphin tour for 12 months on the back of his debut release. Not content with that, he built his own studio and label in 2009 within his own home.
Delphin’s set list is well over 400 songs from current pop, top 40 to the classic jazz swing of Sinatra. Whether the event is a wedding, corporate or just plain pub rock venue, Delphin can fit the occasion. His setup is full of gadgets including two loop stations, foot stomps, and percussion making his sound as big as a five-piece band.
Each year we hold a charity auction segment for the Reach Foundation. We only have 10 auctions available and we will make announcements closer to the night of what will be available from our generous sponsors
The Gala dinner is the networking highlight of the conference - a chance to relax, mingle, learn...and enjoy a well-earned drink and dinner!
This year’s dinner will be held in honor of our 2011 speaker, Jim Stynes. Jim sadly passed away this year after a long battle with cancer. Jim is the founder of the Reach Foundation that PeSA proudly supports.
First you'll have the opportunity to freshen up post conference, joining us back at the Convention Centre at 7pm for drinks and canapes. Then we'll move into the themed room for dinner, dessert and our guest speaker.
A fun and rewarding part of the gala dinner is always the Charity Auction, which is a great chance to nab a "bargain" and help out a worthwhile cause.
We'll wrap up the night by 11pm so you can get some well earned rest and be ready for the final day of the conference!
An essential aspect of any PeSA Summit is the social networking function was at the end of the first day (Thur 21 July in 2011). The 2011 event was a Gala Dinner, sponsored by Australia Post & Channel Advisor. The charity auction raised close to $30,000 for the The Reach Foundation.
Our Dinner featured guest speaker Jim Stynes: The Reach Foundation founder
Here is what a delegate said of Jim’s speech at the 2011 event.
“Jim Stynes - never heard of him before the Dinner (I do not follow football of any sort), BUT shan't ever forget him - you could hear a pin drop in the room when he was speaking. A gentle giant with a big heart, who thinks of others before himself. He deserves every single iota of chance that life can throw at him.”
For the past three years, many sellers have found this Gala Dinner the MOST valuable for the chance to network and build long lasting relationships with other sellers. Plus, most of the exhibitors & speakers also attend the Gala Dinner.
In 2011 year, we hosted a 3 course dinner.
Reach encourages all young people, no matter what their circumstances, to believe they can achieve. Reach has been making a positive impact in the lives of young Australians for nearly two decades.
Each year, Reach’s preventative programs are run for over 57,000 young Australians, in over 500 metropolitan and regional schools and communities across the country.
Reach participants are young people aged 10-18 years of age, in and outside of the school system. Anyone who wants to improve their self-confidence and get more from life is welcome at Reach. Reach also works with teachers and youth professionals, through their specialised teacher training, learning techniques to effectively engage with, and support their students.
All programs are delivered by the inspiring Reach Crew (aged between 15-25 years), who are experienced in effectively engaging participants and supporting them to improve self-belief, and to develop resilience and emotional-awareness. It’s been shown that developing these skills in adolescence can reduce serious problems faced later in life including depression, substance abuse, homelessness and suicide.
By creating ‘safe spaces’ and positive peer group experiences, Reach provides an environment where young people can truly discover who they are. Reach programs encourage young people to develop trust and openness, feel comfortable enough to express their concerns, discuss their aspirations and recognise that they’re not alone.
More on 2010 event...
Monies raised at the charity auction will go to The Alannah and Madeline Foundation, a national charity protecting children from violence and its devastating effects.
The Alannah and Madeline Foundation's Cybersafety and Wellbeing Initiative aims to make cybersafety a normal part of every young person's life by equipping them to use technologies in ways that protect them from the associated risks.
The development of the initiative is informed by a number of cybersafety experts from across Australia. The first major focus of the initiative is to help schools to create a cultural norm of smart, safe and responsible use of communications technologies.
PeSA Core Values
The Professional eBay & eCommerce Sellers Association (PeSA) is devoted to promoting the highest levels of professionalism, fairness, honesty, and integrity with respect to online trade, while fostering an atmosphere of participation, creativity, responsibility, and philanthropy among its attendees.
We dislike "get rich quick" & "theorists." We are attracted to facts and best practices. PeSA's charter is to assist the Australian e-commerce industry with vital information and provide the opportunity to network with industry peers.