The Academy Awards came to the Ivy Ballroom, Sydney for the 2013 SpinalCure Oscars Luncheon.
Hosted by actor Rodger Corser and TV presenter Renee Brack, the event proved to be the perfect place to experience the glamour of Hollywood’s night of nights.
Celebrities including Sandra Sully, Charlie Brown, Penne Dennison, Bonnie Lythgoe and songstress Mahalia Barnes and famous faces Dan and Marnie Ewing, James Kerley and Laura Dundovic, Timomatic and Didier Cohen joined sponsor OK Magazine and SpinalCure supporters to watch the Academy Awards live on four enormous screens
Rodger Corser took the microphone to the tables, interviewing SpinalCure CEO Duncan Wallace and Chair and Founder, Joanna Knott. SpinalCure Ambassador, Sandra Sully gave a heartfelt and poignant talk about her involvement with spinal cord injury. Her support is highly valued by all.
Dr Bryce Vissel from the Garvan Institute inspired the guests with an update on spinal cord injury research. Dr Vissel is a member of our Scientific Panel and is a leading light in the hunt for a cure.
Also enjoying the afternoon was long time SpinalCure supporter Eileen “Red” Bond. Eileen has long been a treasured supporter of SpinalCure and SCI research in WA.
Fine Wine Partners kept glasses filled with St Hallet wines while Cointreau added a little zest with a cocktail on arrival. Merivale staff quietly averted a potential disaster when the kitchen’s gas supply was lost. The delicious three-course meal was perfectly cooked on hastily acquired bottled gas. Well done Merivale!
And whilst our Hugh did not bring home the Oscar, everyone was a winner at the SpinalCure lunch with many guests taking home raffle prizes including John Stanley from 2UE who won the Christian Louboutin shoes, George Houvardas who picked up a beauty pack in time for Mother’s Day and Andrew Morley from Home & Away nabbing the coveted Jeroboam of signed St Hallett Shiraz.
All-in-all it was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon, expertly organised by Amanda Fry and her diligent team at 6DC.
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