Bean counters ball

Full of beans

The Bean Counters Ball began with the noble mission of supporting underprivileged youth and their education pathways.

The Bean Counters Ball started in 2011, a joint initiative between local members of Chartered Accountants Australia and NZ (CAANZ) and Certified Practising Accountants Australia (CPA), The first fundraiser drew a small crowd raising a few thousand dollars.

The annual ball and fundraiser now attracts a gala attendance of 350 people and has raised over $250,000 since its inception. The funds raised are split between their annual charity partners, with this year’s worthy recipients the Samaritans and Hunter TAFE Foundation. Money raised at this year’s event will provide safe accommodation to local young people and grant two Hunter TAFE scholarships.

Co-Chair Gerhard Bierman got involved with the local CPA Branch a number of years ago. A Finance Director at Terra Infrastructure, Bierman is an active cyclist and citizen dedicated to giving back to the community.

“Donations are split between our charity partners, Samaritans and Hunter TAFE Foundation,” says Bierman. “Samaritans is a social services agency operating more than 100 support services throughout the region.

Last year, I’m proud to say we raised $35,000

“Last year, I’m proud to say we raised $35,000, and we hope to exceed that this year,” Bierman says.

“Each year, we aim higher and higher. When we elect the volunteer committee, we ensure they’re passionate and they want to make a difference. The next chair will continue the legacy.”

This year’s ball is Vegas themed, with an Elvis impersonator providing a barrel of entertainment. Guests can try their hand at the Vegas inspired gaming tables and for $50, one lucky guest could walk away winning a $900 bottle of Penfolds Grange.

“It’s the one event everyone’s excited to dress up for. I’m dressing up. The trick is finding a balance between having a bit of fun with it but still looking good! I’m not going to look like Elvis, that I can assure you.” Bierman jokes.