Steve Irwin Gala Dinner

Saturday, 21 November 2015, 6.15pm

The Plaza Ballroom
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (Grey Street Entrance)
South Bank, Brisbane, QLD 4101

Dress - Black tie, with a touch of khaki
Cost - $195 each or $1,800 per table of ten
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The Steve Irwin Gala Dinner celebrates the life and legacy of the original Wildlife Warrior - Steve Irwin. All proceeds from this fundraising dinner help Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors, to continue the conservation work Steve was so passionate about.

In 2014, the Steve Irwin Gala Dinner was celebrated in style at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. With 500 guests attending, all wearing a touch of khaki, over $100,000 was raised for wildlife conservation!

Our goal is to continue to keep Steve's dream alive; to celebrate the life of the one and only Crocodile Hunter and to raise vital funds for Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors.

This first-class evening includes a sumptuous three-course dinner, premium beverages and live entertainment. Unique experiences and exclusive auction items will be going under the hammer throughout the evening PLUS you'll have the opportunity to meet some of our gorgeous animals on the night.

Khaki is not just a colour.  It's an attitude!


Sami Lukis

Sami Lukis is one of Australia's most versatile media personalities – with a career spanning 20 years working in both television and radio.

Sami is a regular guest on The Morning Show and The Daily Edition on Channel Seven. She has also recently worked as a casual presenter on Fox Sports News and a red carpet reporter for Event TV. An enthusiastic and frequent traveller, Sami owns a successful travel business hosting female only tours of New York and she also travels the world as an expert travel blogger for

In 2013, Sami was one half of Sydney's first female breakfast radio duo, "The Sami Lukis & Yumi Stynes show" on Mix 106.5 Sydney. In 2012 Sami cohosted the "Ant and Sami Lukis" Drive Show on Mix 106.5 Sydney and Mix 101.1 Melbourne, after spending the previous 7 years working in Breakfast Radio at Triple M Sydney, Triple M Brisbane and Nova 96.9 Sydney.

Sami was the Weather Presenter on the Nine Network’s The Today Show for three years - presenting the weather live, from exciting locations around Australia and overseas. Whilst at Nine, Sami also co-hosted Torvill & Dean’s Dancing On Ice, hosted the reality series Loves Me, Loves Me Not, and co-hosted the Logies Red Carpet Arrivals Specials & New Years Eve Telecasts.

Sami has a Bachelor of Business Communication (with Distinction) from QUT, where she also won the FARB prize for Most Outstanding Student in Broadcast Journalism.

Paul De Gelder

Improvise. Adapt. Overcome. These three words – a mantra Paul learnt in the Australian Army as a young Paratrooper – resonated with him the first time he heard them. Paul chased adventure wherever he could find it, from his wild ride as a hoodlum teen and his life on the edge, to hauling his way up to the elite echelons of Australia’s defence forces.

But trouble hunted him down in the form of a brutal shark attack in February 2009. Paul lost two limbs, and his career as a daredevil Navy Bomb Clearance Diver was flung into jeopardy.

Drawing on everything his eventful life had taught him, Paul left nothing to chance in his recovery. He fought through excruciating pain, smashing challenge after challenge, and amazing the medical staff with his will to succeed. His inspiring story takes ‘never say die’ to a whole new level.

An amazing man, an amazing story. Paul will simply inspire you.

The Australian Girls Choir

The Australian Girls Choir (AGC) has developed a reputation for inspirational performances to audiences in Australia and around the world. Like no other choir you've seen before, these girls perform with vibrancy and energy, which is how they have sung their way into the hearts of thousands of people worldwide. The angelic voices of the AGC have been heard at many hundreds of public performances, including singing for Queen Elizabeth II, President Barack Obama and Ellen DeGeneres during their recent Australian visits.

Red Hot Rhythm

Based in Brisbane, Australia, Red Hot Rhythm are known for their unique collaborations and lightning fast tap dance. Red Hot Rhythm have performed throughout Australia and the world, and in 2008, were invited to perform alongside the world's best at the Melbourne International Tap Festival.

In 2009, Red Hot Rhythm performed their 'Tap VS Irish' act on the nationally televised TV show Australia's Got Talent, for which they reached the grand finals, and were Australia's top dance and group act.

Band of Blue

The Band of Blue have previously supported Ross Wilson, John Williamson and Steady Eddie and also performed with great artists such as Angry Anderson, James Blundell, Beccy Cole and Kevin Borridge.

The Band covers a plethora of musical styles drawing on the influences of individual band members; rock, blues, funk, soul, jazz and even country and western when the mood takes.

The officers that make up the Band of Blue are drawn from areas of policing like specialist units, state crime operations, scenes of crime and general duties.


Steve Irwin Day Gala Dinner Sponsors

Sponsorship of the prestigious Steve Irwin Gala Dinner will help to maintain your organisation's brand positioning as a good corporate citizen, will present exceptional corporate networking opportunities and will allow your organisation to access exclusive Australia Zoo and Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors opportunities.

Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors looks forward to working with your organisation and invites you to contact us to confirm your involvement or discuss this opportunity in more detail. Alternatively, the provision of an auction item that will enable us to raise valuable funds for our conservation efforts would be greatly appreciated.

Download the Sponsorship/Auction Item proposal form

If you would like more information about becoming a sponsor of the Steve Irwin Gala Dinner,
please download our sponsorship proposal or contact:

Shari Engelbrecht Phone: 07 5436 2102 Email: