Two star-studded gala events were the main attractions at this year’s G’Day USA annual celebrations. Both Los Angeles and New York City hosted red carpet events, which attracted the crème-de-la-crème of Australian celebrities and brought together key industry leaders from government, business, tourism and the arts in order to honour the long-term and deep Australia-United States relationship.
Malcolm Carfrae and Julie Anne Quay were honoured at the New York black tie gala. The pair are the co-founders of the Australian Fashion Foundation and were awarded for their dedication to the Australian fashion industry. The foundation creates unique opportunities, through internships and career advice, to connect young Australians with valuable work experience in global fashion and beauty industries. One key initiative the foundation runs is the internship program, sponsored by The Woolmark Company, which provides two young Australians to pursue their fashion design talent on an international scale, gaining a six-month internship in either the USA or Europe.
This business-focused networking event consists of a black tie dinner held in partnership with the American Australian Association (AAA). Featuring Australian food, wine and entertainment, the Gala is a unique opportunity for G’DAY USA partners and sponsors to host high-level guests from US companies to grow relationships and develop new business. Attended by some of the world’s largest financial services companies, the dinner is a rare chance to engage US executives about the strength of the Australian economy and its location as a financial services hub in the Asia-Pacific region.