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Pursuing Partners

Pursuing Partners



What: Single and Sexy Ball
Where: Newcastle Panthers
Author: Anthony Scully
When: Friday November 10, 2000

DURING its five-year history the SINGLE & SEXY BALL has been responsible for engagements, marriages and even 'S&S children'.

But according to organiser MAREE CALLAGHAN the annual event, which will be held this Friday night at the Newcastle Workers Club, has been responsible for some 'monumental mismatches' as well.

'One year we matched a couple who had recently separated from each other after four years,' she said.

'On another occasion we matched an ex to his former fiancee's best friend - and then there was the stalker!'

Not everyone comes to the ball to be matched, according to Ms Callaghan.

'Singles can choose to attend the ball alone, with friends, or be matched by a blind date,' she said.

Matching closed on October 29, but with the promise of more than 1000 singles in the same room at the same time, the annual fundraiser for THE CANCER COUNCIL now attracts visitors from as far afield as Canberra, Wollongong, Taree and the Central Coast.

'This year we have already sold 10 tickets to single Canberra males and many young Sydney women,' Ms Callaghan said.

'Sometimes they are all matched with blind dates, sometimes they prefer to meet someone new at the ball and in other cases they bring their own partner.'

Men over 40 and women under 23 were always in short supply at the event.

'Once again we are sending an SOS for men over 40 to come along,' she said.

'Each year we are unable to find matches for all of the attractive, intelligent women over 38 who seek matches.

'Last year we saw nearly 50 women in this age group dateless,' Ms Callaghan said.

Entertainment will be provided on the night by THE COMMITMENTS BIG BAND, with the LOST PARTNERS ROOM and PSYCHICS CAVERN ditched this year in favour of a karaoke bar.TE



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