Richie and Gemma McCaw have been announced as the very special guest speakers at this year’s Tauranga Gala Dinner.
Taking place on Thursday 29 August at Trustpower Arena, this is the seventh year of the event and is shaping up to be a night of spectacular celebration and entertainment.
In a rare appearance on-stage together, Richie and Gemma will share stories from their elite sporting careers, as well as their new endeavours, adventures and what lies ahead, say the organisers of the dinner.
Renowned broadcaster, Peter Williams, will be the MC for the evening and lead a chat-show discussion to get the insights and tales that fans are keen to hear.
Gemma, originally from Tauranga, has played hockey for New Zealand at the Olympics, Commonwealth Games and world championships.
"She now is focused on the wellbeing sector, lending her skills and credentials in fitness and sport science to help others achieve their goals in health, high performance and training."
Richie, captain of two Rugby World Cup winning sides, now spends his time flying helicopters, running endurance races and working on business projects.
Gaining a record 148 caps for the All Blacks, McCaw captained the team for 110 tests (also a record).
He is hailed as one of the greatest players to have played the game, and with the 2019 Rugby World Cup kicking off just a few weeks after The Tauranga Gala Dinner, this will be a perfect time to hear from the trophy-holding captain.
"The event, however, isn’t all about rugby and sport. The McCaws are now parents to their first child, and have a multitude of other experiences and stories to share," say event organisers.
"They are ambassadors and patrons to a number of charities, they maintain a solid schedule of endorsements and have more plans up their sleeve.
"The Tauranga Gala Dinner will include exclusive live interviews with Richie and Gemma, as well as the opportunity for the audience to ask their own questions to the pair. There will also be a charity auction for a local charity, as well as entertainers and performers throughout the night. Organisers say it is set to be one of the most stunning ones yet."
The event has various tiers of tables, to suit all tastes and budgets. Guests will enjoy an evening of sumptuous meals, guest speaker insights, audience Q&A, charity auction, entertaining performances and more!
Tables start from just $1390 + GST, with information and bookings available at www.taurangagaladinner.co.nz