The Margaret Pratt Foundation

2003 Events PDF Print

Diamond Dinner and Auction              

The MPF held its major fund raising event at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne on Saturday evening 24th May 2002.

With an overwhelming response to the exquisite invitations (designed by Michael Brownjohn from Bakers Delight) the night was sold out 4 weeks prior. Nearly 400 people squeezed into the Ballroom at the Grand Hyatt and proceeded to drink, eat and spend.

Even before the doors were opened to the Ballroom, there was a great deal happening in the foyer: the sale of the glasses of bubbly (with the one in a hundred chance of winning a diamond - donated by Precious Metals), the display of the silent auction items, (bidding started early and was unbelievably brisk) and the display of the major auction items.

The night was a balance of fun, frivolity and seriousness; MC Lynne Cazaly had some of the guests a little perplexed while Tony Charlton ( The Alfred Foundation) and Trevor Williams (Clinical Services Director of the Alfred Hospital) spoke of the work of the MPF and the Transplant Unit at the Alfred Hospital. The Singing Waiters: Alfredo (from Italy), Pierre (French through and through) and Bruce (dinki-di Aussie) sang beautifully and also waited on tables. They delighted all there and apart from singing and waiting tables they flirted outrageously with all the women. Not only did the diamond sparkle but so to did Amanda and Jason Garner as they performed the rumba.

The major auction items were incredibly varied and much sought after. Bidding was fierce so congratulations to the lucky winners. The items ranged from a still-life by acclaimed local artist Julie Davidson to a flight in a Helicopter and MIG jet. Philip de Fegely was exuberant, entertaining and a complete master in his role as auctioneer.

There was also vigorous bidding for the silent auction items; over 120 in total.

There were also lucky winners who just happened to be sitting in the right place at the right time. Many went home with far more than when they arrived!

Nights like these do not just happen and the generosity of those who donated auction items and who donated their time and skill can not be thanked enough. But the true worth of a night rests with those who attend. There was a wonderful atmosphere; everyone caught the spirit of the night - one of giving to a most worthy cause but also one of fun and light-heartedness.

Trivia Night

The Progressive Committee held a Trivia Night on 30th Oct and raised $2000 for the Margaret Pratt Foundation.150 People attended to test their trivia knowledge and the Trivia Master, Marty from Starr Trivia had all thinking hard.

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