Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation
Nicola Stokes, CEO of Sydney Children’s Hospital FoundationEmma Van Haandel & Eva Galambos [Gold dinner committee], Anthena Wagner [Co-chair]
Skye Leckie OAM, Gold Dinner Ambassador
Alina Barlow [Gold dinner committee], Anthena Wagner [Co-chair], Wallis Graham [Gold dinner committee]
Chrissy Comino [Co-chair], Sara Lane [Gold dinner committee]
Edwina McCann, Vogue Australia Editor-in-Chief, [Gold dinner committee]
On Friday 5 May 2017, 500 VIP guests gathered in a giant golden cavern in Redfern’s Carriageworks to celebrate the 20th Gold Dinner. The dinner raised over $2 million in support of Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick. This fabled invitation-only event is Australia’s leading fundraiser and in its two-decade history, has raised over $25 million for the Hospital. It has been held in locations all over Sydney, from a marquee over the Archibald Fountain to a disused shipping terminal, from Centennial Park to the Opera House. The power committee behind the dinner has featured some of Sydney’s most prominent women, including Lucy Turnbull AO, AC, Skye Leckie OAM and Judy Crawford.
This year’s Gold Dinner featured sleek projections, digital art installations and a spectacular ‘reveal’ of 50 candleladen golden tables, all curated by the Gold Dinner’s event magician Tony Assness. With performances by the Kinky Boots cast (who had rushed across town post performance), Tina Arena and Guy Sebastian, it was an evening that didn’t disappoint. The stunning dinner was created by the chefs of Merivale: an entree from Fred’s Head Chef Danielle Alvarez; main by Ivy chef Motomu Takamori; and dessert from Est’s Peter Doyle, accompanied by Bollinger in generous quantities. As with every year in its 20-year history, the Gold Dinner is made possible by the support of the incredible Gold partners; Bollinger, Louis Vuitton, Paspaley, Stedmans and Pages, Emirates, ABC Bullion, TDC and Orbit World Travel Sydney. Gold Dinner committee co-chairs Chrissy Comino and Athena Wagner have led the hard-working committee to put together this special event. The Gold Dinner committee includes. Alina Barlow, Wallis Graham, Ros Hakim, Sara Lane, Kirsten Dale, Eva Galambos, Emma van Haandel and Vogue Australia Editor-in-Chief, Edwina McCann. The team has been supported by Gold Dinner Ambassadors Skye Leckie, Lucy Turnbull, Nikki McCullagh and Jane Freudenstein.
This year’s Gold Dinner will support the Centre for Clinical Genetics within the Bright Alliance to foster a collaborative approach in understanding, diagnosing and treating genetic diseases, benefiting sick children today and in the future Nicola Stokes, CEO of Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation says, “For the last 20 years Gold Dinner has pushed the boundaries of paediatric health by funding the most innovative and important projects. That’s why last night the Gold Dinner supported genomic medicine, which is at the cutting edge of healthcare. Together we’re helping build the genetics centre of the future.”
Portraits were commissioned by fashion and celebrity photographer, Jez Smith. Jez’s high-profile celebrity clients include Cate Blanchett, Miranda Kerr, Sarah Murdoch, Julie Dreyfus, Megan Gale and Jennifer Hawkins, and for the Gold Dinner he had generously donated his time and rare skill to capture Gold Patrons on film. Highly regarded for his fashion editorial, advertising and celebrity portraiture, Jez has worked for all major fashion publications including Italian Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar (UK and Australia), Vogue (Australia), Grazia (UK and Australia) Surface (US) GQ (UK and Australia) Oyster (Australia) and Karen (Australia). His work is distinguished by his ability to capture the essence of his subject with his unique understanding of light, mood and sensuality.