Sydney 1 November 2011
VarietyMelbourne Cup 2011 Luncheon at Sofitel Wentworth Sydney photography and story; MiSociety
A Thoroughbred Luncheon on Melbourne Cup Day 2011 where eveyone’s a winner
Variety’s Melbourne Cup Day luncheons are truly thoroughbred events with 2011 marking their 26th anniversary in the packed venue. The grown ups partied in the Sofitel Wentworth Sydney Hotel’s Grand Ball Room while the special jockey sized guests had their own shindig in the adjoining function room.
Glenn Wheeler, carrying on his tradition at the lunch, was for 2011, resplendent in a leopard skin pattered ensemble as he mastered the Master of Ceremonies gig along with his equally dapper assistant Donny Galella.
Glenn conducted a fast, fun and fruitful pledge segment and auction that raised a record number of dollars to go towards Variety’s average expenditure of $1 million per month.
Karen Crawley, whose daughter Kara suffers Mitochondrial Disease, spoke of the amazing assistance their family has received through Variety. Kara had one of her dearest wishes fulfilled during the afternoon when she took to the stage to sing along with an ‘ABBA’ tribute band.
Barry Crocker, one of the original instigators of the Variety Melbourne Cup Day luncheon, was in the saddle to help whip up a terrific performance by John Paul Young.
Jazz Nouveau band, headed up by well known guitarist Josef Calderazzo and singer Evelyn Duprai, soon had guests working of their delicious lunch on the dance floor.
The grown-ups luncheon party was great fun but it was the innocent unbridled fun displayed by the kids at their own party that really captured the essence of the day – and that’s how it should be.
Variety is dedicated to assisting Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs and this lunch is just one of the ‘funraisers’ that Variety conduct every year. Take MiSociety’s advice and put the Variety Melbourne Cup Luncheon in the diary for 2012.
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