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Magical Vegas Gala Ball 2016 Launch

It’s time to fluff your feathers and stack your gambling chips because one the most anticipated events on the Sunshine Coast social calendar has almost arrived.

All bets are on that the Las Vegas themed 9th Annual RACQ LifeFlight Magical Vegas gala ball, proudly supported by Think Money, will be our most spectacular event this year.

The evening will feature 'Escape Artist of the Year 2015' Grand Illusionist Cosentino, presented by Focus Law, who will mesmerize guests with his illusionist and escapologist skills.

Based on glitz of the famous Las Vegas strip, the October 7 event, which was launched at the Sunshine Coast hangar today, will be a glamorous black tie evening of music, showgirls, magic and casino games.

Last year’s spectacular Moulin Rouge themed ball raised a record $200,000 for LifeFlight’s critical lifesaving services that help save anyone, anywhere, anytime.

LifeFlight’s Sunshine Coast Community Engagement Co-ordinator Jodi Durkin said: “The support we have from the community is incredible and we are so thankful for that ongoing assistance.

“There are still tickets available to this wonderful evening so we would really encourage the community to get on board and support us again this year.”

Our special guests are former LifeFlight patient nine year old Bailey Teed and mum Michelle, who will speak about her son’s lifesaving airlift after he was struck down with deadly bacterial meningitis.

In 2012, when Bailey was just four years old he was on the brink of death and needed to be urgently airlifted by the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter to Brisbane's Royal Children's Hospital (now the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital).

“Bailey would never have made it by road, he needed to get there quicker. While it was his only chance, they said he may not survive the flight,” said Michelle.

It has been four years since Bailey conquered his battle but he still hasn’t forgotten his lifesaving trip in the helicopter with the doctor and crew.

“I remember it was very loud. They helped me. They held my hand. I’m happy for the crew. I am happy for the doctor who saved my life,” he said.    

While a confident and happy little boy, Bailey still has ongoing health issues due to meningitis and is on daily preventative medication.

“It’s a relief knowing LifeFlight is there if we ever need it again,” Michelle said.

In 2015-16, LifeFlight flew a record 1,864 missions from all of its Queensland community helicopter rescue bases, a 32% increase on 2014-15. The Sunshine Coast base was one of the busiest in the state with 511 missions flown.

Of those airlifts, 253 were urgent hospital transfers including neonatal tasks, which required getting patients to emergency specialist medical care quickly.

On 218 occasions Sunshine Coast crews landed the helicopter at the scene of an incident or an accident, 71 of those were road and off-road truck, car and motorbike accidents.

Nearly 130 of those incidents occurred in the Sunshine Coast helicopter’s backyard including hospital transfers, rescues and winches performed in the mountains.

More than 500 guests will attend the highly-anticipated fundraising gala, enjoying a fantastic evening of fine dining, quality wines by Balgownie and outstanding Las Vegas themed entertainment including showgirls, casino games and an Elvis Presley impersonator.

To help raise vital funds to ensure the rescue helicopter service remains in the air, there will be 100 silent auctions, with the major prize of one luxurious night at Spicers Tamarind Retreat with transport to the resort by the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter.

Gala Ball tickets are $220 each or $2000 for a table of 10. All funds raised from the event will go directly to LifeFlight’s local service, helping to keep the Sunshine Coast based helicopter flying in the region saving lives.

The event is proudly supported by Think Money, Focus Family Law and Energex.