Victoria University students astounded their teachers for pulling together an event that drew 1200 revellers and Good Charlotte rocker Benji Madden as a guest DJ for their class assignment to manage a live performance.
Duska Keca, 21 of Melton, and Dina Tzagadouris, 23, of Brunswick East, surpassed all expectations after they helped organise the DJ-fuelled dance night, Day Dream, at Crown Casino last month.
The final year Bachelor of Business students majoring in event management contacted entertainment organisers Big Dog Killrock Star Entertainment with their plans to enlist a line-up of DJs for their event, including the tattooed former boyfriend of Paris Hilton, who was then in Australia with his band.
"We showed them our business appraisals and sponsorship plans and our ideas fitted with what they wanted," said Keca. "We couldn't have pulled together such a successful event without their support and guidance."
Lecturer Michael Stewart said he had never had students go so "above and beyond" for an assignment before.
"Every time I talked to them it got bigger and better," said Stewart, who cancelled a planned interstate trip to attend the gig.
Keca said that Madden as the headline DJ was a down-to-earth person who welcomed the chance to showcase his DJ skills, which are better known in America than Australia.
"Not many people here know he is also a DJ and has his own club in America. He said he would definitely like to come back and do it again," she said.
The young women say the assignment has confirmed their love of the event planning business, and they have already received job offers from their new connections.
This isn't the first time Keca has organised a major music event. For years, she helped a family friend arrange for singers from her former homeland of Serbia to tour Australia.
A photo of Duska and Dina at the event with Benji Madden is available.
Duska is available for interview.
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