Making a Difference

A Night To Remember

A Night to Remember

For the third time, the Rotary Club of Manningham, in partnership with Alzheimer’s Australia (Vic) conducted a spectacular fund-raising dinner for nearly 300 people at the RACV City Club. The event was made possible by the generosity of Jeffrey Tan, chef extraordinaire and a team of outstanding chefs who donated their time to producing a magnificent five-course meal, accompanied by a selection of premium wines. All food and wines were donated by wonderful sponsors.

The MC for the evening was the affable former Australian test star, Max Walker. The auctions were conducted by the highly successful auctioneer, John Bongiorno. Entertainment was provided by a dynamic team from Brisbane and the most touching part of the evening was a presentation by three charming young sisters who described the reality of seeing their mother experience the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. A rich array of prizes were offered by silent auction, raffle and public auction. Donated prizes included travel, accommodation, cosmetics, jewellery, sports memorabilia, high adrenalin experiences, tickets to concerts and other cultural events.

A Night to Remember was designed to create a signature event to raise community awareness of Alzheimer’s, the third largest killer of people in Australia, and to raise funds to support their work I education, support and research. Over the three years, this event will have raised in excess of $150,000, most of it going to Alzheimer’s Australia (Vic) and part of it retained to support the work of Manningham Rotary Club. The professional staff of AAV provided excellent support throughout.

Twenty-two members and partners of our club contributed in organising the event, contacting sponsors, purchasing tickets  or making generous donations. Their participation was invaluable, all in the spirit of service above self.

The support of members of other Rotary Clubs in the district who attended the evening was also greatly appreciated. They were very complimentary about the scale and impact of the event.

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