Sydney’s finest, from Sami Lukis, Tim Davies, Sacha Horler, Matt Day, Laura Csortan, Christian Wilkins, Victoria Hill, Rodger Corser and Lizzi Morrissey to famous faces April Rose Pengilly, Magdalena Roze and Nikki Phillips all gathered today in The Ivy Ballroom for the fourth annual SpinalCure Oscars luncheon. The event gave guests the chance to experience the excitement of the Oscars live while raising money for a good cause in the process. As the magic took place in LA, the stars were on the edge of their seats as they waited to see whether Aussie nominees Catherine Martin and Cate Blanchett would walk away with the movie industry’s top honours.
Hosted by TV personalities Renee Brack, the event proved to be the perfect place to experience the glamour of Hollywood’s night of nights an ocean away here in Sydney. A TV journalist, pop culture commentator, adventurer and movie buff, Renee Brack is well known to Foxtel audiences having interviewed some of the world’s best known Oscar-winning actors and directors.
Guests were treated to Vodka O cocktails on arrival, silent auction prizes, wines from St Hallet and a 3-course lunch that included zucchini blossom with pecorino, grilled salmon fillet and a delicious lamb rump. The event has raised much-needed money to help fund the research to permanently end paralysis caused by spinal cord injury.
Founded in 1994, SpinalCure has directly raised over $5million for researchers and universities nationally working to develop a permanent cure for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury (SCI). With an Australian paralysed every day by spinal cord injuries* and more than 12,000 people currently living with some form of paralysis, it is an issue that strikes at the heart of many families. The organisation has also assisted with raising more than $80million through the establishment of statewide government neurotrauma road safety funds and is an active participant in the International Campaign to Cure Paralysis (ICCP).
For further information on SpinalCure, visit http://www.spinalcure.org.au.