The 8th Annual “Best Things in Life” Dinner was again held at the amazing Ivy on George Street on Thursday, August 11, 2016. As with all eight “Best Things in Life” Sydney dinners, the evening was generously co-hosted by Woolworths Limited and Coca-Cola Amatil.
The Foundation would like to thank Avner’s Foundation director, Sally Loane, for being the MC until Mark Ferguson arrived after presenting the Channel 7 main evening news. A huge thank you to Mark for MCing the evening with many guests commenting on the wonderful job he did.
The room had a total of 320 guests from leading companies across Australia and the night resulted in more than $233,000 (after event costs) being raised for the Foundation.
This year, companies that have bought a table at a minimum of seven out of the eight dinners, were recognised with a Foundation pin for their pioneering support of the Foundation.
Sally Loane opened the evening and spoke about the increased prevalence of Pancreatic Cancer, highlighting that in the United States, deaths from Pancreatic Cancer will surpass those of Breast Cancer this year; and survival rates can be improved through the simple equation that more funding = more research = more survivors.
Mark Ferguson gave a very personal perspective on Pancreatic Cancer as he spoke about his mentor and colleague, Peter Harvey. Mark then interviewed Caroline Kelly about the Foundation and the work required to keep the funds flowing in. Caroline also enlightened us on funding research and how the Avner Pancreatic Cancer Foundation ensures that the money raised is sent to the right research partners.
One of the most pivotal announcements of the night was made by Peter Hosking announcing that due to the support of our sponsor’s, Coca-Cola Amatil and Woolworths, $1 million had been raised from the sale of the Deep Spring Avner Water. This initiative was launched in 2010 with 10c donated to the Foundation from every bottle sold of the specially marked Deep Spring Avner Sparkling (1.25l) and Still (600ml) water. An incredible achievement!
Peter Hosking then spoke to us about how everyone, not only CEO’s and huge corporations can help raise funds through taking part in our walks/events, bequests, sporting teams or individual donations.
Lawrence Mooney then entertained the crowd in his honest comedic style and set the tone for our very lively “live auction”.
Thank you again to our skilled auctioneer, Andrew Caillard, who raised an amazing $26,000 in the live auction. Special thanks go to everyone who so generously donated prizes on the night.
A very special thank you to Donna Patchett and to Scott Eames who work tirelessly each year to make sure the night is a success and to all the helplers on the night – Lisa Manzo, Maysoon El-Ahmed Louise Culbert, Lauren Phillips and Sam O’Brien for her continuing help with photos and social media updates.
Thank you to everyone who attended the dinner, who donated prizes and to all those who bought prizes in the auction, donated on the night and for the continued support of the “Best Things in Life” dinners. We thank you all!
Woolworths Limited, Coco-Cola Amatil, Wellcom Group, Goodman Fielder, Blackhawk, Perfection Fresh Australasia, Murray Goulburn, ANZ, Vittoria Coffee, Beak & Johnston, CBA, Visa, Macquarie Bank, Inghams Enterprises, Chep, Quantium, FIS Australasia, Labelmakers, Unilever Australasia, Hollard Insurance, VIP Packaging, Citibank, Pepsi Co, Orora, Toll Global Logistics, PwC, Visy