Event: Fall Gala at the Dwelling Place of NY, October 19

The Dwelling Place of NY is AWNY’s charity partner for 2017. Please join us for their annual Fall Gala, with all proceeds supporting their wonderful work.

The night promises to be a whole lot of fun for a great cause, with The Dwelling Place celebrating 40 years on 40th Street at this year’s event.

Event details

Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017
Time: 6.00pm – 9.00pm
Location: Saints Cyril and Methodius Hall, corner of 41st Street and 10th Avenue, New York
Cost: $125 per person. 100% will go directly to The Dwelling Place, plus a $6 booking fee through Eventbrite.
Nature of event: The Gala will be a simple church hall style gathering, with everything from decorations and raffle prizes, to food and wine donated
Tickets: To ensure you are sat at an AWNY table, please follow the instructions below:

  • First, visit the ticket sales site and write the word “AUSSIE” next to your name when purchasing.
  • Then, email Bridget Callaghan to advise you have purchased your ticket(s). This will help to ensure you’re sat on the AWNY table.

Buy tickets (don’t forget to write AUSSIE…)

AWNY’s 2017 Charity: The Dwelling Place of NY

The Dwelling Place of NY is a privately-funded transitional residence for homeless women run by The Franciscan Sisters of Allegany. Located in Midtown, The Dwelling Place has provided shelter, sustenance and support to thousands of women since 1977. Their safe, healing, and structured environment offers women the space and time to develop a sustainable plan for building a healthy, independent lifestyle.

This year’s Gala is celebrating The Dwelling Place’s 40th year on 40th Street.

Visit their website to read more about their wonderful work: http://thedwellingplaceofny.org/.


The AWNY gals at the 2016 Fall Gala showed the other guests how to have a good time with a round of “Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi!”

Another way you can help

AWNY is proudly supporting The Dwelling Place source donations for their charity raffle that will take place at the Fall Gala. If you or someone you know is willing to make a donation we’d love to hear from you. Examples of donations include:

  • Gift cards or vouchers
  • Flowers
  • Homewares
  • Beauty products
  • Jewellry

All donators will be promoted through our AWNY social media accounts and will be included in announcements on the evening.

If you are able to support this worthy cause with a donation please contact Bridget Callaghan.


Event: Working in the USA information session, June 14

Working in the USA: Expert advice for Aussie job seekers

Have you recently arrived in the US? Looking for a job? Or are you looking to change things up with your New York career?

Then why not join AWNY for an informative session on working in the USA, with expert advice for Aussie job seekers.

Belinda Jackson, of Prosell International and Working in the USA, has been living and working in New York for over a decade and has provided advice to many Aussies who have made the move to the States. She will provide practical advice about how to find your next job in the USA.

Learn how to:

  • Prepare your resume for American eyes
  • Hone your interview skills
  • Make you LinkedIn profile relevant to a US employer
  • Repackage yourself for a new role
  • Network to uncover the hidden job market
  • Navigate the cultural differences between workplaces in Australia and the US

Belinda’s presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

Event details

Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Time: 6.00pm for welcome drinks, 6.30pm start
Location: Australian Consulate-General, 150 East 42nd Street, Floor 34, New York, NY 10017
Event cost: AAA/AWNY Members: $15 / Non-Members: $25 – includes wine and nibbles

Buy tickets


Places at this always-popular event are strictly limited, so reserve your ticket today!

If you have questions about this session, please contact Katarina Filipovic.

What is an AWNY/AAA Member? Find out more about membership and benefits.

Buy tickets

Event: Morning Tea at the Consul-General’s Residence, May 3

UPDATE – this event is now sold out!

Join us for an exclusive opportunity to enjoy morning tea in the gorgeous garden setting of the Australian Consul-General’s residence in New York City.

Hosted by AWNY’s Patron, Kerry Minchin, this is a chance to see the Consul-Generals residence, share in a tasty spread, and mingle with other Australian women.

This event is a perk for AAA and AWNY members only and places are strictly limited, so be sure to RSVP!

Event details:

Date: Wednesday, May 3
Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm
Address: The Australian Consul-General’s Residence, New York. The morning tea will be held in the front courtyard (weather permitting).
Cost: complimentary for AAA and AWNY members
Dress: Smart casual
RSVP: via the link below. No walk-ins permitted as guest names will need to be provided to the Consul-General in advance of the event.

RSVP online


For questions about this event, contact Laura O’Loughlin.

What is an AWNY/AAA Member? Find out more about membership and benefits.

RSVP online

What’s on in New York, March 2017

It’s March already and it feels like spring. The attitude we have encountered the most this winter was a mix of regret about climate change, zero regret about the lack of snow. We’re already feeling spring weather and despite not having the usual display of flowers, bursting buds, and the general opening up of public lawn space, we can still rock through this New York March like the spring loving, jasmine smelling Aussies that we are. Just don’t attempt a dip in the Atlantic. Yet.

Here’s a AWNY’s curated list of great events for the month of March in New York City. Enjoy!

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4 Reasons To Consider Running in the 2017 New York Marathon



Registrations for the 2017 New York Marathon ballot are now open. Whether or not you’ve run – or event contemplated running – a marathon, as the world’s most iconic foot race, this is something you should consider adding to your New York bucket list.

Running a marathon is no mean feat. At 26.2 miles (or 42 km for those of us still working on the metric system) it’s an ambitious distance for even seasoned runners. Of all the annual events in New York, however, few come close to the atmosphere and sense of personal achievement delivered by the city’s marathon. Whether you’ve just arrived in New York, or you’ve been here for years, the marathon is unlike anything else you’ll do here and totally worth the pain. Need more convincing? Here’s why:

1. Gain a new perspective on New York

The route passes through all five boroughs, which in its own right is pretty cool. And let’s face it, it’s probably the only time you’ll venture out to Staten Island. But what’s really special is that as a marathoner you get to cross bridges and run along streets that would normally be off limits to pedestrians. The view looking out to Manhattan from the Verrazano Bridge is unrivaled, while the perspective you gain of the East River from the 59th Street Bridge makes the 2 mile ascent (almost) worth it. Not to mention running up 1st and down 5th Avenues, two iconic streets where for only one day of the year there are no taxis, no buses, just you and your fellow runners owning the roads.

2. Feel like a rock star

Around 50,000 people take part in the New York Marathon each year. Even more impressive, 1 million people come out to spectate and cheer on the runners. For most people, this is the closest experience you’ll have to feeling like a professional sports star. Those in the know write their name on their running top, which ensures the crowd cheers you on by name and makes you feel even more special, particularly in those final miles in Central Park when the crowd carries you. You also get a sense of each borough’s personality by how they choose to support the runners. Whether it’s the hipsters in Brooklyn with their witty signs with political undertones, or the international flavour of the bands and performers in Queens, each neighborhood brings a little something different representing the cultural melting pot that is New York.

3. Get fit like never before

We’d be lying if we told you that preparing for a marathon isn’t a big commitment. But that’s actually one of the great positives, because come race day you will likely be fitter than you ever have been in your life! If done correctly, training for a marathon is a gradual process, slowly building up your cardio fitness and stamina through a mix of running, strength training and stretching. There are some excellent training programs designed to help people who’ve never even run a half marathon make it through the full race, such as the New York Road Runners Virtual Trainer. And for those new to the city, it’s a great way to meet new people through the many running groups and fitness clubs dedicated to helping people prepare.

4. Do something for the community

One of the biggest hurdles people face is how to actually get a spot in the race in the first place. As the most iconic marathon in the world, nabbing one of the 50,000 race bibs can be tricky, with only 20,000 allocated to 80,000 entrants in the ballot. Another option is to run for a charity. This involves raising a set amount of money in return for your place, and in most cases involves extra perks such as running kit, start and finish tents, and exclusive access to race week events. Not to mention some currency in the karma bank! You’d be surprised how generous people are willing to be knowing that you’re going to run a marathon and you’ll find you’ve reached your target in no time.


If you’re inspired to run the New York Marathon, make sure you put your name in the 2017 ballot before entries close on February 17 or visit the official website to see other ways of guaranteeing your place.

At the very least, it’ll be a great story to tell your friends and family back home in Australia!