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Annual Mother's Day Luncheon Raises $50,000 for CMRI

A packed ballroom at The Hilton Hotel in Sydney, ablaze with roses, 560 eager guests, one Australian icon and an engaging master of ceremonies, the annual Mother’s Day Luncheon, hosted by Children’s Medical Research Institute’s (CMRI’s) Hills Committee, was a wonderful day of entertainment and fundraising.

Phil Gilbert who lost his wife last year, gave tribute to his beloved Jenny and the legacy she left as a long-time member of the Hills Committee, to encourage the ongoing commitment to support CMRI and its research. This was the ideal introduction to Dr Tony Cesare who gave an amusing, succinct and inspiring talk on cancer research.

However, it was the “fireside” interview with Ita Buttrose and TV presenter John Mangos who held the audience in awe. Mr Mangos extracted so many memories and anecdotes from a highly-acclaimed business woman, author, magazine editor and media trailblazer, capturing the real essence of this remarkable lady. The audience was captivated and dug even deeper to make the afternoon a roaring success.

Ita Buttrose and John Mangos

A magnificent $50,000 was raised. Well done to all involved, in particular, President of the Hills Committee, Patti Payne.