We had such a great time at the Jeans for Genes Gala Dinner in Sydney and I just wanted to share with you some of our highlights.
Having finished work on Friday evening, I raced home to get 'dolled-up'. Andrew, my partner, was of course my time keeper and we set off shortly after 6pm to get into the city centre in good time. Being a 'Swing and Bling' themed event, the 400+ guests each looked amazing, the ladies donned their sparkles and the men were looking sharp. Having had our pre-event drinks and listened to Liam Burrows tinkering away at the grand piano, we were all ushered to our seats at 7pm for the start of what would be a fantastic evening.
Ryan, John, Kevin, Pawan and their wives (all looking very lovely I might add) found Andrew and I and we sat down at our table whilst funny man and MC, Vince Sorrenti kicked off the night.
We enjoyed our entree of 'Spinach and Ricotta Raviolli' while being entertained by the opening dance act, the Brent Street Dancers; followed by a welcome message by CMRI's Director, Professor Roger Reddel. To add to the ambience of 'Swing and Bling', special guest performer Liam Burrows from Australia's Got Talent, wowed us with his amazing 'Big Band style' voice with John Morrison's Swing City Big Bang accompanying him.
The main course arrived and we 'tucked into' a choice of either delicious Grilled Tasmanian Salmon or Roasted Rack of Lamb whilst the second part of the evening commenced. A scholarship was awarded and special guest speaker, Meg Martyr, shared a personal, heartfelt and enlightening story about two of her children's journey through cancer. Following on from that, Auctioneer Vic Laruso, started the Celebrity Jean's Art bidding and the wonderful pieces were all sold in quick succession. The silent auction was going on in the background throughout the night; and there were over 50 items that businesses had kindly donated. Unfortunately someone else in the room wanted the 'Spanish Night Out' a little more than someone on our table, so they lucked out on that one. Ryan also joked about bidding for the 'year’s supply of Kirspy Kremes', which would have been great for the Elcom Social Committee, but I'm not sure how good it would have been for our waistlines!
During the third and final part of the evening, the band played a few more tunes, this time accompanied by singer Jacki Cooper and we danced to a few songs (a bit of fun although we had no idea how to dance to Big Band music). A trio of Dark chocolate fondant, chocolate syrup and vanilla ice cream was served for dessert just as the Gala Raffle was being drawn - Ryan and his wife Kim had purchased one of the $100 Jeans for Genes teddy bears and were hoping that luck would swing their way to win the big family holiday to Canada. Again sadly not the case!
After more dancing, conversation and drink, the evening drew to a close and we were each on our way home. It was an amazing night, everyone had great big smiles on their faces and to top it off the funds were going to a great cause.
We would highly recommend your involvement in next year’s event. For more information on 'Jeans for Genes' and the amazing things that they do, visit: www.jeansforgenes.org.au