Nelson Young Professional committee member Bridget McCormick and president Michael Younghusband ahead of the group's annual ball this month. Photo: Andrew Board.

Racing to young professional ball


Nelson’s young professionals are racing to sign up for the group’s marquee event — the Jens Hansen Ball.

This year the theme is a day at the races, with ball-goers encouraged to dress up to the nines.

Nelson Young Professionals host the ball each spring and its president Michael Younghusband says it’s a great opportunity to enjoy a night of entertainment.

Nelson Young Professionals act as a networking group for people in the first 15 years of their career.

Many of its members are people who have secured a job in Nelson, but may not know too many people here.

Michael says the annual ball is always a highlight. “It’s a lot of fun.”

The ball usually attracts around 120 people but Michael says this year it’s capped at 100.

“Because we have an exclusive venue this year, we have limited tickets so people need to get in quick.”

Once again the major sponsor is Jens Hansen, who are giving every ticket holder a $100 voucher.

“It’s such an amazing sponsorship from Jens Hansen, we’re delighted,” says Michael.

Jens Hansen have also donated two top of the south rings, which will be given away as spot prizes. The night includes free buses from various Nelson locations to the Playhouse and back home again at the end of the night, a three course meal and live band to get the dance floor going.

The Jens Hansen Nelson Young Professional ball is being held on Saturday, October 29 at the Playhouse. Tickets are $120 each and can be purchased from the Nelson Young Professionals website,