From small seeds, big ideas grow and that is how it was for the Inaugural ALVA Vivid Lights Cruise. One idea sparked by Irene St John (ALVA Committee member), and all of a sudden we were rugging up in our winter warmers for a wonderful night on Sydney Harbour. Who knew it was going to be that mild? We all thought it was going to be chilly but we were pleasantly surprised as we left the wharf and headed out for a lovely evening taking in the sights and catching up with friends and family. With excitement growing, we approached the wharf and there were our eager guests, all waiting to jump on board. The generosity of our tour guide, Mr Glenn Ware, was in abundance as we discovered 4 baskets full of DVDs covering a variety of movie titles. As you can see from the photos, everyone had a fantastic time and the harbour was in fine form. Lots of food, laughs and of course those lights!
Welcome to the home of the Buzz. This is our 3rd Edition for 2019. Lots of fabulous photos from our latest events – Vivid Lights Cruise and ALVA Goes Central Coast. We also pay tribute to Gerry Gallagher and Milton Saunders. It is here that you will also see our future events. Sit back with a cup of coffee and enjoy the latest news from ALVA Women in Entertainment.
Monday 19th August 2019
ARRIVAL – 11 am
South Tweed Sports Club
4 Minjungabal Drive Tweed Heads South 5524 3655
We welcome ALVA Members & Associates from NSW and QLD friends and family. Remember the ALVA Blokes are invited too. So bring along your husband partner pool boy or Showgirl posse.
Special Guest: Hazel Philips OAM
Hazel started her career in Australia at radio 2UE & has been active in television since its inception in Australia in 1956. In 1963, Phillips made her break into show business with a role on the talk show Beauty and the Beast with Eric Baume and also was a regular on The Mavis Bramston Show. Fast forward to 2019 and Hazel has just wrapped filming her role in the Paramount Studios movie Monster Problems, due for release in 2020. Come on along and listen as we chat with this iconic Woman in Entertainment, hear about the good, the bad and the fabulous when we welcome this very Special Guest to ALVA Goes Gold Coast 2019!
EARLY BIRD: $35 (Closes Midnight 15th August 2019)
FULL PRICE: $45 ( Starts 16th August 2019)
Delicious 2 Course Meal, Tea & Coffee, Cash Bar service available. Dress Showbiz Smart
Reserved seating so PLEASE list your SEATING preferences and your DIETARY REQUIREMENTS.
ONLINE: Click the link to request a booking: https://forms.gle/HYq2aUSfiErjBAsJ6
PATTI 0409 391 526
SUSIE : 0412 038 950
Well, as if this wasn’t enough, we had the great pleasure of listening to Susie and our guest Tina Bursill have a chat. Tina spoke of her parents, her life and career. And of course the work she is currently doing on the Channel 9 TV series Doctor Doctor. Tina was extremely natural, honest and so funny. With Susie’s guidance and conversation, Tina was able to share so much about herself and her life and for this we are incredibly grateful. As a relatively new member of ALVA, I take great pride in the work that we do. I love watching our Special Guests take in all that is ALVA. There is nothing like it in the country and the respect that they show for this is best part of these events for me. The guests arrive, not really sure what they have gotten themselves into, and they leave telling everyone about ALVA.
The Senior Executive decided that the 40th Year was a great time to present Pat Scroope with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Pat has worked tirelessly over the 40 years to ensure that ALVA is supported, protected and respected. She spends countless hours making sure that our members and fellow entertainers are looked after. The Inscription on the Award read:
In recognition of your extraordinary dedication and commitment to the Australian Ladies Variety Association. Your outstanding leadership, heartfelt counsel, care and concern for others has improved the lives of many other the last 40 years and we recognise and celebrate your selfless giving of time.
It was a standing ovation for Pat, but that was not the best part. The best part was the fact that we had a special gift lined up. Originally it was just going to be a nice box of goodies, however, this box was delivered by her daughter Sage Scroope who had flown in from Hollywood that morning to surprise her Mum.
Turns out, Susie contacted Sage asking her to send a little video message for her Mum because we were honouring her with a Lifetime Achievement Award. All we were expecting was a video message. You can imagine Susie’s shock when Sage messaged her to say that she was already at LAX airport and she would be there in the morning. So the biggest Cone of Silence descended as Lisa, Kerri and Susie hatched the surprise plan. Well, you could have blown Pat over with a feather with Dad Doug a mess of tears. It was just exceptional and really made my day.
A message from President Susie – I would like to confirm Sage Scroope organised and paid for her own flight from Hollywood. It was her way of honouring her Mother’s great achievements and was not going to miss it for the world. In no way was ALVA involved in any travel arrangements. In true Pat form, that night, she transferred the money for Sage’s ticket, all $90. Always giving, never taking.
And apologies to my amazing committee for not even letting the secret out to them. Needed to minimise who knew so the secret didn’t inadvertently slip out and into Pat’s shell pink ears!
Susie welcomed our guests and gave us a brief history lesson, touching on all of the major events over the last 40 years. The 2019 committee were presented to our guests and they were joined by the previous Queen Bees of ALVA. Unfortunately, Rickie Hilder, Geraldine Fitzgerald and Sue Archer were unable to be there, but Rickie and Geraldine sent through a little video message for all the guests to hear. Ruby was the first to present Toni Stevens our Inaugural Queen Bee, with her gorgeous Monique Montez Flower Box and kewpie doll donated by Brian McCombe. Once the presentations were made, the Queen Bees all stood in line with a cheeky bevel for Alfred to get the shot!