News Prestige Network’s editorial director of GQ Australia, Vogue Australia and Vogue Living Edwina McCann announced luxury department store Harrolds as the presenting partner of the 2019 GQ Gentlemen’s Ball.
The second annual GQ Gentlemen’s Ball held tonight in Melbourne and presented by Harrolds will follow the theme ‘Big Ideas’.
Grey Goose Vodka, Omega, Paco Rabanne and Crown Metropol are also on board as supporting partners of the event.
Launched last year, the GQ Gentlemen’s Ball celebrates the next generation of influential men and women affecting positive and impactful change.
Through GQ’s gentlemen’s initiative, the event is designed to support philanthropy across the arts, culture, international development, education, indigenous affairs, environmental conservation and social cohesion.
Edwina McCann said: “GQ uses its authority and influence to shine a light on people passionate about making a positive change in the world.
“We’re delighted to partner with Harrolds for this year’s GQ Gentlemen’s Ball as we celebrate some of the driving forces of our generation.”
The GQ Gentlemen’s Ball will feature a keynote address by environmentalist, explorer and entrepreneur David de Rothschild, and a panel discussion moderated by TV host and journalist Hamish Macdonald.
Panellists include broadcaster and musician Adam Briggs, investigative journalist and creator of The Teacher’s Pet podcast Hedley Thomas, social entrepreneur and founder of Heart on My Sleeve Mitch Wallis, fashion designer Christian Kimber, and Australian cricketer and all-around sport star, Ellyse Perry.
Conrad Sewell will entertain guests with songs from his new album.
GQ Australia editor, Mike Christensen said: “After a hugely successful inaugural Gentlemen’s Ball, this year we set ourselves a mission of finding inspirational people whose ideas – creative, philanthropic or investigative – are shaping the future.
“We are thrilled to be welcoming British environmentalist David de Rothschild back to Australia as it nears a decade since he sailed Plastiki, a 60ft plastic catamaran kept afloat with 12,500 empty bottles, into Sydney Harbour.
“Along with our esteemed panellists who will offer insights on everything from the future of journalism, music and fashion, to the challenges of equality in sport, mental health and the current state of politics.”
Harrolds managing director, Mary Poulakis said: “Every day at Harrolds we’re fortunate enough to form connections with countless inspiring and influential men and women all throughout Australia who are chasing their own ‘Big Idea.’
“It’s their drive and passion that reminds us why we do what we do.
“So, we feel very fortunate and proud to align with the GQ gentlemen’s initiative, which aims to shine a light on just a few of these individuals.”