Good Parties for a Great Cause
09 Nov 2018
One thing that has not changed in 60 years is SYC’s ability to throw a good party to support a great cause!
The SYC Super Quiz began in Adelaide in the 1980s. It was one of a number of activities used to fund important initiatives to support and educate young people at risk of or experiencing homelessness. Held at the Adelaide Town Hall the annual event was not only a fundraiser but also an opportunity for the organisation to promote its work in the community and grow its networks.
In the 90s, bingo made a resurgence as a social activity at pubs and clubs in Australia. It also became a popular addition to fundraising events and SYC started interchanging between bingo and quiz events as our major annual fundraiser.
Scott Whitmore, who was part of SYC’s fundraising team in the early 2000s, said bingo events were very well attended and guests always had a great night.
“Bingo became trendy, as everyone could get involved. If you lost a game you had another chance in the next round.
“It got loud and boisterous and everyone had a good time.
“The event grew and kept outgrowing the venue,” he said.
Over the years both the quiz and bingo events kept growing as the organisation expanded too. In 2008, SYC celebrated its 50th milestone at the Entertainment Centre with Guy Sebastian providing the entertainment. While there was no quiz at the event, it set the scene for the coming years, as the event grew into the HYPA Boileau Gala Quiz Night with over 500 people in attendance each year.
Some of SYC’s biggest supporters from the smaller bingo and quiz days who remain key supporters today are Angelique and Michael Boileau from Boileau Business Technology.
They have been very generous over the years donating items and providing event sponsorship and more recently were the Presenting Partners of the event.
“We have been involved with SYC for the past two decades and in that time it has changed and grown dramatically, expanding its services across Australia.
“However, SYC still stays true to thier core purpose of helping those in need on their path to prosperity, which is why we choose to support the important work they do,” Angelique Boileau said.