It was a black-tie affair, with a touch of denim, at the 24th
Jeans for Genes Denim Dinner, held at The Star on Saturday evening.
Hundreds attended the celebrity-filled charity gala, which was hosted by TV personalities, Kylie Gillies and Larry Emdur. Notable names included: model, Erin Holland; MKR stars, Betty Banks and David Zu; Fox Sports presenter, Jess Yates; radio star, Michael ‘Wippa’ Wipfli; fitness gurus, Michelle Bridges and Steve ‘Commando’ Willis; Olympic swimmer, Leisel Jones; and actors, David Berry, Lincoln Lewis and Johnny Ruffo.
Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies
Michael ‘Wippa’ Wipfli performes 'Horses'
Spectacular performances by Joel Jackson, Johnny Ruffo, and the cast of Kinky Boots had the crowd up on their feet, along with a not-so-spectacular, but more ‘hilarious’ cover of Horses
performed by Wippa and Matt De Groot.
Some of Children’s Medical Research Institute’s (CMRI) most loyal supporters were recognised, with Jeanswest taking out the Corporate Partner of the Year, and Fonsecas taking home the Philanthropic Support of the year award.
“We are proud and honoured to receive this award,” a statement read by CMRI’s Head of Fundraising, Andrew Kelly, on behalf of Fonsecas said: “We are passionate about medical research as this work helps build a better future and leads to the discoveries that save lives. We are especially passionate about children. We have three happy, healthy children of our own, and through our business, which is child care are responsible for the care, well-being and education of over 3,000 children in NSW, VIC and QLD…. We humbly accept this award but do on the basis that we also acknowledge all of you. We are grateful and pay homage to everything CMRI does for all Australians and for all our futures.”
A Suzuki car was given away to a lucky winner in the raffle, and an exciting live auction led by renowned auctioneer, Scott Gibbons, known as ‘Mr Sold’, as well as a silent auction, had attendees digging deep, with all funds going to CMRI.
“It’s just incredible to see the number of people who want to get involved. A lot of work was put in behind the scenes, and it was so fulfilling to see it all played out this evening,” CMRI’s National Event Manager, Rebecca Hasler, said. “We hoped it would exceed last year’s participation, and it did. There are so many people to thank who helped make tonight a success, but really, we do this to raise much needed funds for our researchers.”
Almost $200,000 was raised for CMRI.