A night of glitz and glamour at the ATA Gala Dinner

The Australian Toy Association held its annual Gala Dinner on Sunday 3 March on the back of a bumper first day at the 2019 Australian Toy Hobby and Licensing Fair which saw a massive crowd attend the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest toy industry event.

The lavish event held at the Crown Palladium Ballroom and sponsored by Headstart International saw a 600-strong audience enjoy a night of fantastic food, free-flowing drinks and rollicking 80s music courtesy of Stereo Sounds.

The evening also saw the ATA recognise the products, people and companies who have contributed to the industry in the past and present. This was highlighted by the posthumous induction of Maurice Levy, the late Director of MJM-Australia, into the ATA Hall of Fame. His legacy in the toy industry dates back to 1964 when he founded the business with his wife Vivienne before leading a successful career which spanned over five decades.

The ATA then turned its attention to recognising the leaders of the future by awarding the ATA Rising Star Award to a member under the age of 40 who are making an impact in the industry. This year the Award was conferred to Alan Ngov of Headstart International who was lauded for his leadership skills and overall passion for excellence.

It was then time for the audience to turn its attention to the 2019 Licensing and Toy of the Year Awards which saw the ATA hand out coveted awards across a range of categories. In an extremely strong field, winners All Brands Toys took home Toy of the Year for Boppy The Booty Shakin Llama, Moose Enterprise won Action Toy of the Year for Treasure X as well as The Walt Disney Company and Haven Licensing who were awarded Boys and Girls Licenses of the Year for Marvel Infinity Wars and LOL Surprise Dolls.                            

Another significant element of the event was the ATA annual fundraising drive for the Toy Charity Foundation of Australia. As part of the initiative driven by President Jonathan Zimbler, guests donated over $11,700 on the night which will go towards assisting children with special needs… a fantastic result.

Despite the fact that attendees had just spent a busy day on the exhibition floor, guests partied well into the night with plenty of chatter, laughter and dancing. The ATA looks forward to hosting everyone once again when the  Gala Dinner rolls around again in 2020.

Check out all the fun of the event here