principal’s gala dinner

Our next Parents & Friends fundraiser is on Saturday 29 May 2021. We are delighted to be hosting our fundraising gala dinner at the prestigious waterfront location of Aqua Luna in Drummoyne. This event will not only celebrate the 37th anniversary of The McDonald College and the 95th anniversary of the Ann McDonald College of Dancing – but help raise funds for our school and students.

The evening includes a three-course meal, tea & coffee, beverage package (red wine, white wine, beer and soft drinks), entertainment and performances from The McDonald College and After Hours students, auction, raffle and good times. We welcome all College and After Hours families in addition to our extended community. We would love for you to join us.



Saturday 29 May 2021
7.00pm – 11.30pm
Pre-dinner drinks start at 6.30pm


Adults & Children: $150 (3-course Full Menu & Beverages)
Table of 10: $1,400
Student performers: $65 (3-course Student Menu & Soft Drinks)

Contact Linda Gilbert to secure your table. Email or call 02 9752 0500. Please advise if you have any dietary requirements when booking. As this is a licensed event, children under 18 will need to be seated with their parents and supervised at all times.


Our Parents & Friends Association appreciates the donation of appropriate items that could be auctioned at the dinner. Our fundraising helps with the purchase of equipment and resources for our students. Possible items of donation may include:

  • Tickets & Subscriptions
  • Vouchers & Gift Cards
  • Electrical
  • Beauty
  • Hotel, Travel & Tours
  • Alcohol & Food Hampers
  • Artwork

Should you wish to donate an item to the fundraising event or have further questions, please contact Agatha Locantro, President, The McDonald College P&F at

our co-hosts for the evening

Bradley McLennan

Fashion Designer & TV Personality

Bradley Mclennan has been the Menswear Designer at Politix for 6 years and has over 12 experience across womenswear, everyday brands and streetwear.

Most recently Brad has appeared on Channel 7’s renovation show House Rules – High Stakes .

Brad has more exciting things in the pipeline for 2021 and we look forward to following the journey.

Katia Fuscaldo


Katia Fuscaldo-Zoffoli is a professional singer, songwriter and vocal teacher known for her soulful and dynamic vocal abilities.

She has collaborated with the likes of Jessica Mauboy, Phil Buckle (Southern Sons) and Cameron McGlinchey (The Rogue Traders). Katia has performed in Australia’s premier venues and at high-profile Australian festivals.

Today, Katia is a much-loved vocal teacher at The McDonald College.

our guest speakers



Josef is a former Soloist with The Australian Ballet Company, a Principal performer with Modern Dans Topluluguu (Ankara, Turkey), Nomad Dance Theatre and Sydney Dance Company.

He won Most Outstanding Performance in a Stage Musical at the Australian Dance Awards for his role as Johnny Castle in Dirty Dancing. As an actor, he’s appeared in Dance Academy, Home & Away and Neighbours to name a few.

Josef is a former board member for the NSW Council for the Arts; is the founder of stART your future, a creative arts workshop; and is the Relations & Development Director at MDM Dancewear.

Alexander Berlage


Alexander Berlage is an award-winning director and lighting designer and the Co-Artistic Director of Red Line Productions at the Old Fitz.

Alex has won the Sydney Theatre Award Best Direction of a Musical for the past two years in a row – for American Psycho and Cry-Baby at Hayes Theatre Co. His smash-hit, sold-out production of American Psycho won 9 Sydney Theatre Awards in total. The same year, his productions of There Will Be A Climax, Home Invasion and Cry-Baby received a combined total of 12 Sydney Theatre Award nominations.

In 2019, Alexander was awarded a Mike Walsh Fellowship.

Program overview

  • Roving Actors
  • Primary String Quartet
  • Senior Contemporary Dance
  • Junior Musical Theatre
  • Open Age Ballet
  • Music Item
  • Senior Dance


  • 2-night Central Coast getaway to the iconic Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific in a Pool View room including breakfast, a $300 Seasalt Restaurant dining voucher, 2 x 1-hour massages at Endota Spa and a $200 Avoca Beach House dining voucher.
  • 18 Holes of Golf for 3 players, including golf carts at the very exclusive and prestigious NSW Golf Club. Also includes a clubhouse lunch, 30 x minute driving range pre-warm up session, full course introduction, and all hosted by leading professional Piers Lloyd.
  • A 2-night glamping experience for up to 8 people (2 glamping tents) at The Cove Jervis Bay. Also includes a Family Pass Dolphin Watch Cruise on board Tekin III.
  • Authentic signed guitar by rock legend, Jimmy Barnes. His career both as a solo performer and as the lead vocalist with the rock band Cold Chisel has made him one of the most popular and best-selling Australian music artists of all time. This superb authentic collectible instrument in rock & roll comes framed.
  • Instant Cellar – the fastest way to start your very own wine collection. A variety of red, white, and rose wines with flavours for all tastes.


We would like to acknowledge the following companies, families and individuals for their generous contributions to this event:

Accor Group, Agatha Locantro, Argyropoulos Family, Ashfield Bunnings, Avoca Beach House Restaurant, Belvoir St Theatre, BestWay Electronics, Bloch, Boschen Family, Chemist Works, Chess Plus, Circus Arts, Coles Concord, Concord Golf Club, Crowne Plaza Terrigal, De Lorenzo Hair & Cosmetic Research, Denise & Ross Reid, Designlogic, Dimi Family, Dolphin Watch Jervis Bay, Elements Bar & Grill Darlinghurst, Endeavour Education, Endota Spa Terrigal, Events 1 Photography, Gabrielli Family, Gallas Family, Holey Moley, Intercontinental Double Bay, Kate Burgess, Katia Fuscaldo, Kennedy-Head Family, KFZ Vocal, Kirk Family, Konstantakos Family, Luu Family, Macnaught , Manly Surf School, McIntosh Family, MDM, Mitsis Family, More To The Pointe, Naomi Hamilton Photography, NSW Golf Club, Oliveto Ristorante & Bar Rhodes, Opera Bar, Ortenzia Borre, Parsa Family, Patry Family, Pinot & Picasso Wentworth Point, Pinot & Picasso Wetherill Park, Platinum Pro Golf Tours, PomPom Sam, Raptor Reptiles, Robinson-Gale Family, Rush Hour Boot Camp, Sarah & Chris Minol , Sarah Derry, Sauran Family, Snap Fitness Sydney Olympic Park, Socceroos, Strathfield Golf Club, Sydney Dance Company, Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre and Archery Centre, Sydney Seafood School, Taronga Zoo, Teng Family, The Cove Jervis Bay, The McDonald College, The McDonald College After Hours, The McDonald College Kindergarten Class , The Skin Clinic Concord, The Wiggles, Trumps Day Spa, Vicki Attard, Vizio Caffe e Cucina, Voyager Tennis Academy, Walsh Family, Wests Tigers, Zeng Family.