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November 9, 2020

Generous guests at the Australian Turf Club’s annual Everest Carnival Fashion Lunch, held this year on TAB Epsom Day, Saturday 3 October at Royal Randwick, raised $19,000 for the event’s charity partner, the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation (SCHF), which help provide urgent and critical care to newborns through to adolescents and beyond at the Emergency Department within Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.

Hosted by Channel Seven’s James Tobin in the glamorous Royal Randwick Ballroom, 300 fashionable guests enjoyed a three-course menu by award-winning Executive Chef of The Star’s BLACK Bar & Grill, Dany Karam, while witnessing the latest Australian spring fashion trends from the Everest Carnival Spring Fashion Runway presented by Vogue Australia featuring Rebecca Vallance and M.J. Bale.

The impressive VIP guest line-up included Australian fashion icon Carla Zampatti, Everest Carnival ambassador & Seven Sunrise Co-Host Samantha Armytage, fashion designer Rebecca Vallance, 7NEWS sports anchor Mel McLaughlin, master jewellery designer Nic Cerrone, ATC Director Angela Belle McSweeney, wife of champion cricketer Steve Smith Dani Willis and racing royalty figure Kate Waterhouse.

The sold-out event which proved to be the most sought after ticket in town also featured a live performance by star recording artist and theatrical performer Prinnie Stevens, while Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Australia, Edwina McCann was special guest speaker as part of the ATC’s Women of Influence series.

Capping off the day was an enviable list of fashion and lifestyle raffle items including a stunning $30,000 Cerrone necklace featuring 18ct white gold diamonds and sapphires as a major prize, which was won by Mr Giorgio Alvaro from Greenacre who was also celebrating his birthday.

Australian Turf Club Executive General Manager of Commercial, Corina Black is delighted with results and the targeted efforts of all guests to help children and families in need.

“We were thrilled to join forces with Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation and raise $19,000 in much needed funds for the Emergency Department at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick. It’s been a tough year for all Australians, so anything we can do to give back to the community and help a child or family in need is incredibly important.

“Approximately 36,000 children and their families requiring urgent media attention visit emergency each year in Randwick so every little bit counts.”

Director of Capital at Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation and Mayor of Woollahra, Susan Wynne, said: “The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation was delighted to partner with the Australian Turf Club on this fantastic initiative raising $19,000 for the Emergency Department at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.

“We want today’s kids to live their best lives, and tomorrow’s kids to have access to infinite possibilities. It is the support from events like this that help us make it a possibility.”

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