2016 MBSSA Business Ball

By Michelle Ho

Organised by the Melbourne Business School Student Association (MBSSA), the third annual Business Ball was a grand black tie affair with many surprises that did not disappoint.

Regarded as the highlight of Melbourne Business School’s social calendar, the annual Business Ball is a dedicated opportunity for current students, their guests and alumni to mingle and catch up. It’s the perfect event to mark the mid-semester break, and a chance to celebrate with friends before the pressure of final assignments and exams begin.

MBSSA Event Committee
2016 MBSSA Committee

Red carpet event

Held at the heritage-listed Melbourne Pavilion, the Business Ball hosted over 300 attendees on Friday September 30. Guests were given the red carpet treatment on arrival, complete with a professional photographer and videographer to capture the evening’s stunning outfits and smiles. Subtle black and gold themed d├ęcor extended to the crystal chandelier table centrepieces and gold firework animations on LCD screens. Life-sized ‘MBSSA’ letters lit up in show lights on the stage and golden balloons spelling out ‘BALL’ offered some novel photo opportunities, as well as the ever-popular costumed photo booth run by Beauty and the Booth. For the social media enthusiasts, there was an Instagram competition that included prizes from the events’ major sponsors (Kiehls and Tailors Mark) and a personalised geo-filter for Snapchat.

An after dark surprise

Highlights of the night included a roving magician (Mr Marmalade) who delighted the crowd with card and rope tricks and a chocolate fondue fountain that doubled up as a fun dessert. The biggest surprise of the night happened when MBSSA President, Divyani Nag, requested everyone return to their seats after mains were served when the lights dimmed. Suddenly, After Dark Theatre performers appeared on the dance floor, and kept everyone on the edge of their seats with twirling batons of fire while performing acrobatics, swallowing and spewing fire out like human dragons. It was definitely a night to remember! Nag was clear about her expectations for the ball:

The Business Ball is a night of celebration of the hard work and passion that an MBS student puts in which makes them stand out. With the Business Ball we wanted to give students a memory that would be etched in their minds as a reminder of what makes them special. Diyyani Nag, MBSSA President

Group Shot
Event attendees and Michelle Ho (2nd from right) enjoying the ball

All photos will be available on MBSSA’s Facebook page soon.

Michelle Ho was part of the 2015 MBSSA Committee and is currently completing her Master of Management (Marketing) degree.