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Stars of Newcastle 2015

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Stars of Newcastle

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1st May 2015: Hunter TV and Daytan Productions LIVE streamed the Cancer Council’s `Stars of Newcastle`. Each year, hand picked leaders from our community step out of their comfort zone to dance and fundraise their way onto the Starlight Room Stage at Wests for a one-night-only performance that is sure to entertain. All in a bid to raise $100,000 for Cancer Council NSW!

This year over $140,000 was raised!

A BIG thanks to Out of the Square media for creating all the graphics for this production.

LIVE Streamed Gala Event: Starlight Room, Wests New Lambton, 1st May 2015 at 7:00pm

Event MC: Kim Bauer, New FM
Judge 1: Tegan Martin, Miss Universe
Judge 2: Steve St John, New FM
Judge 3: Tracy Caldwell, Newcastle Dance Academy
Green Room: Mikey Robbins, Comedian


Highlights Reel

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Watch FULL event – Standard Quality (1.2mbit/s)

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If you have an Apple TV, you can watch this show via the Podcasts app.



Star Representing Dance Genre Newcastle Dance Academy Dance Partner
Lara Cranfield NBN’s `The Block` Ballroom  Peter Ostermann
Nikki Verrills UoN Cancer Researcher Jazz  Isabella Ostermann
Sarge NewFM Musical Theatre  Madaleine Magennis
Samantha Newman Newcastle Herald Musical Theatre  Chelsea Willis
Matthew McKee Robinson Real Estate Hip Hop  Madaleine Magennis
Hayley Nolan Varley Industries Broadway  James Tolhurst
Mark Sargent Newcastle Knights Cheer Leader  Nicole Clarke Mitchell
Natasha Beyersdorf NBN News Rock n Roll  James Tolhurst
Jaimie Abbott Jaimie Abbott Communications Broadway  Aimee Birch
Lee Priest 2013 Mr Universe Contemporary  Not dancing due to injury
Gavin Murray Hub Wealth Solutions Lyrical  Isabella Ostermann
Phil Williams Cancer Survivor Latin American Ballroom  Clair McHugh


Backstage Interviews

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Event Supporters



Stars Supporters

Stars – Please send me a list of your supporters and I will list them here.

Natasha Beyersdorf
Meerea Park Wines, Steel City Financial Planners, Whyworry Wines, McGuigan Hunter Valley, Tyrrells Wines, Fordtronic Video and Sound, Travel Managers, Matt Hall Racing, Gallerie Fine Jewellery, The Forum,, NBN News, Garth Russell, LL Stylist, Jacqui Clancy Photography, Karen Gee, Amy Vee, Circus Avalon, Charlestown Square, Lizottes, Nagisa, Newcastle Knights, Newcastle Jets, Vanessa Swilks, Michelle Finlay, Glenda Arnall, Garth Eather, Shane Finlay, James Tolhurst, St Therese’s Primary Community and Brett Lavaring.

Matt McKee
Robinson Property

Hayley Nolan
Varley Group, QBE, Event Cinemas, Bakers Delight, Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, Hunter Supercruise, Scotty’s Cinema Centre Raymond Terrace, Pacific Dunes, BJ’s Workwear.

Gavin Murray
Pfeiffer Property, Foundation Leadership, Astute Finance Insurance Wealth, Hub Wealth Solutions, Urdarov Accountants.

Jaimie Abbott
Firefly Wealth, Jaimie Abbott Communications

Nikki Verrills
Butterflies Gallery, De iuliis, Two Fat Blokes, Binnorie, Hunter Beer Co, The Cellar Restaurant, Tyrrells Wines, The Top Bookshop, The Vintage, Peppers Retreats, Novotel, Audrey Wilkinson, Scarborough Wine Co, Next Generation Hunter Valley, Brokenwood, Meerea Park, Thomas, Margan Premium Hunter Valley Wines, Hunter Valley Events, The Barrell Room, Heavenly Hunter, Photography on Hermitage, Wine Selectors, Golden Door Health Retreat, Rabbitohs, Hunter Valley Gardens, Fuse Gallery, Conti Moda, The Landing Bar and Kitchen, Caves Beachside Hotel, Cessnock Plaza Pharmacy, Anrera Hair on Beaumont, New Idea, David Shaw Scultpor, Pullman Hotels and Resorts, Newcastle Golf Club, Wendy’s, Akbonne Independant Consultant, Rustica, Bimbadgen Hunter Valley, Hunter Valley Jewellers, Muse Kitchen, Spicers Vineyards Estate, Emersons, Game of Thrones.

Samantha Newman
Newcastle Herald


Chloe’s Dance

Chloe Banks is a brave Novocastrian who survived cancer as a child, she danced for the Stars of Newcastle in 2015 as she celebrated 10 years of being cancer free.
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NEW UPLOAD: 2015 Stars of Newcastle Socialview

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Event Photo Gallery


Hunter TV Credits

If you worked on this event and you are not listed below, please email us your details.

Technical Director
Rod Breis

Nathan Daymond

Assistant Director
Renee Buckingham

Floor Manager
Lisa Morel

Camera Training
Luke Partridge

Venue Lighting and Sound
Tom Somogyl from Mivel Productions

Matt Morris
David Hewson
Alex Brearley
Jacob Bambach
Lliam Gleeson

Thanks to Glenn Cook from Wide Horizons for supplying a camera and operator.

Marty Adnum, OOTS Manager
Toby Lakeman, OOTS Graphics
Kelly Jenkins, OOTS Account Manager

Promo Voiceovers
Darren McErlain

Stacy Tierney
Max Tierney
Benn Allsop


Event Credits

If you worked on this event and you are not listed below, please email us your details.

Kim Bauer, New FM

Green Room Host
Mikey Robins, Comedian

Steve St John, New FM
Tegan Martin, Miss Universe
Tracy Caldwell, Newcastle Dance Academy

Elissa Mead
Tracy Caldwell

Kirsten Woodforth
Dave Cobbin
Andy Faulkner


Individual Dance Acts

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Jaimie Abbott – Jaimie Abbott Communications

Jaimie Abbott is a local business woman and award-winning media professional, having spent over a decade in the industry working as a Radio and TV Journalist, Political Media Adviser and Candidate and a Communications Adviser in the Royal Australian Air Force. She now runs her own public relations agency, Jaimie Abbott Communications and is President of Hunter Animal Rescue.
Jaimie’s dance is Broadway!
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Nikki Verrills – University of Newcastle

A researcher at the University of Newcastle and Hunter Medical Research Institute, Dr. Verrills said the Stars of Newcastle event has pushed her outside of her comfort zone. “The dance training is reminding me about muscles that I had forgotten about, and as a researcher I know first-hand how important the fundraising is and what a difference in makes in the fight against cancer, so I’m really proud to be involved”.
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Natasha Beyersdorf – NBN News

A country girl from Armidale in northern NSW, Natasha Beyersdorf got her start in an appropriate place, the country music capital of Tamworth. At Radio 2TM, the home of Hoedown in those days some 20 years ago, Natasha worked as a journalist and newsreader and developed a penchant for the music of Keith Urban! Natasha’s first job in TV was at Prime in Tamworth where she cut her teeth as a regional journalist covering everything from fatal accidents to local fetes. In 1997, Natasha moved to Newcastle to join her now husband Brett Lavaring working at Prime TV. Natasha was the Chief-of-Staff and later the News Editor. When Prime’s Newcastle service folded, she moved to a PR and fundraising role at the John Hunter Children’s Hospital before joining NBN as a reporter, producer and newsreader in 2001. Natasha has fronted the weekday 6pm news for NBN for the past nine years, as well as reporting and compiling special news presentations.
Outside of work, Natasha is busy chasing after her children Campbell, 11, and Matilda, eight.
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Phil Williams – Westpac Rescue Helicopter / Cancer Survivor

Phil Williams recently retired from full-time work as the Business Manager with the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. In this role over nine years he was responsible for the public relations and fundraising functions of the organisation across northern NSW. Prior to this position he was a Regional Manager with the Cancer Council NSW, firstly for the Metropolitan Sydney Region where he ran the first Relay for Life in NSW at Campbelltown, and wrote the implementation guidelines for the State. Phil is also a prostate cancer survivor. Phil will be dancing Latin American ballroom on stage!
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Mel `Sarge` Sargeant – New FM

Sarge is one of Newcastle’s best known radio personalities. She’s one third of the Kim, Sarge and Steve St John Show on 1053 NEW FM. “Three years ago my dad, Ronnie, was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he was lucky enough to get through it but I know so many haven’t been so lucky. They’ve lost mothers, fathers, best friends and children to the terrible disease cancer.
As uncomfortable I am about dancing in front of hundreds of people I don’t know at Wests on May 1 for the “Stars of Newcastle” when I haven’t even stepped into a dance studio in my life, there’s little I wouldn’t do to help an incredible organisation like the Cancer Council. They work tirelessly everyday to try and find a cure for this terrible disease and give much needed support to those and their loved ones who are going through it.”
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Mark Sargent – Newcastle Knights

Mark Sargent is a former captain of the Newcastle Knights and was the club’s first Australian Representative. In his post-football life Mark has worked in management, research and academic roles. In 2012, Mark completed a PhD at the University of Newcastle. He is married, with two lovely daughters who I am sure will be in the front row on 1st May to watch their dad dance!
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Gavin Murray – Hub Wealth Solutions

Gavin is the director of Hub Wealth Solutions and has been in the financial industry for 13 years.
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Samantha Newman – Newcastle Herald

Born and bred in the Hunter, Sam is an outgoing, vivacious person who tries to lead an active lifestyle partaking in soccer and group fitness. Sam’s passion is marketing. She worked her my way through the ranks at the Fairfax community newspaper, The Port Stephens Examiner, and now advises Hunter businesses how best to market in print and online platforms in her role as Media Advisor at the Newcastle Herald. Like most people, Sam’s life has been affected by cancer. Her nan who 14 years ago fought and beat breast cancer has just last year been diagnosed with terminal cancer of the liver which has spread throughout her body. Despite her illness her positive outlook on life is inspiring and Sam looks forward to her nan watching her performance. All of Sam’s hot shoe shuffling will be for her nan.
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Matt McKee – Robinson Property

Matthew McKee has a distinct passion for real estate. Growing up in Newcastle, Matt combines his knowledge and experience with his enthusiastic approach to life in order to offer a high quality of service for all of his clients. Matt is well recognised within the industry and has received various awards over the years. In Matt’s spare time he enjoys keeping active and fit. He is a keen Knights and Waratahs supporter and is always up for an adventure. After having had a very close family member go through cancer treatment Matt knows what it’s like to experience this in life and is happy to be able to lend his support to Cancer Council NSW to make a difference in the fight against cancer.
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Lara Cranfield – The Block – Maryville Tavern

Lara Cranfield is best known for taking out the title on Channel Nine’s The Block with her husband Brad in 2012 and proving that the nice guys don’t always finish last. Lara is a jack of all trades who has played National League netball for 8 years and has a career that she loves in teaching. Lara and Brad have recently bought the the Maryville Tavern as their next venture. We are so excited that Lara has come on board with this event and we can’t wait to see her rocking BALLROOM dance on stage!
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Hayley Nolan – Varley Group

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Media Launch Photo Gallery

Renee Buckingham Mel Sarge Sargeant New FM Brad and Lara Phil Williams Tracy Caldwell Tracy Caldwell Stars of Newcastle Stars of Newcastle Tracy Caldwell Natasha Lavaring Samantha Newman Phil Williams Lara Cranfield Lee Priest Lee Priest Hayley Nolan _NDY4585 Mark Sargent Nikki Verrills Gavin Murray Hub Wealth Solutions Sarge New FM Matt McKee Robinson Property Matt McKee Robinson Property Jaimie Abbott Brad and Lara The Block Nikki Verils Lara Cranfield Natasha Beyersdorf Lee Priest Lee Priest _NDY4449 Jaimie Abbott _NDY4432 Mark Sargent Newcastle Knights _NDY4430 Matt McKee Robinson Property


Launch Video

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This video was also uploaded to Facebook HERE and HERE where you may join the discussion.


Event Promo

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