Punters fork out for charity lunch
MORE than 200 well-dressed and ready-to-bet diners took their coveted seats at The Our Kids Melbourne Cup Luncheon yesterday.
Among them were Lismore mayor, Jenny Dowell, Federal Member for Page Janelle Saffin, Lismore councillor, Gianpiero Battista, State Member for Lismore, Thomas George, and Australian Assistant Treasurer, the Hon David Bradbury.
With tickets to the gala - one of the hottest Melbourne Cup events in the region - sold out six weeks in advance, Our Kids fundraising co-ordinator Rebekka Battista said it was a fantastic day, made possible by their "amazing" supporters and sponsors.
With fine dining and champagne flowing freely in the Zest function room at Southern Cross University, anticipation of picking the winner of one of the biggest races of the year wasn't the only win guests were hoping for.
Those in attendance had the chance to win over $38,000 in prizes and giveaways for selections such as Best Dressed Mare, Best Dressed Filly, Best Dressed Stallion, and Best Hat.
Prizes included gorgeous pearl necklaces and earrings from the Fairmarket, Lismore Antique Centre, as well as free champagne and surprise gift bags for every attendee, guaranteeing their own "Oprah moment" said Ms Battista.
In its 10th year, the luncheon raises funds for Our Kids, the charity that purchases equipment for the children's wards and special areas in local hospitals.
Ms Battista said they were hoping to raise at least $10,000 from the luncheon.