Once again in the Garden Suite of the beautifully refurbished Oatlands House, the 2012 Camp Lionheart Dinner was another financial success and, once again also, despite the difficulties encountered by the Committee in another very tough economic climate. More on the financial results later.
The general consensus, however, was that this year’s Dinner was the best yet from the social angle. We decided to move on this year from the sports celebrity guest speaker with a motivational or entertaining presentation. This had worked well for a number of years, but it was time to see what else might work.
Firstly, because it was Dr Stephen O’Flaherty’s last Dinner while still Head of Kids Rehab, everyone was issued with a Bandaged Bear bow-tie just (BBBT), compliments of Royale Corp, just so we could all empathise with him in his usual dress code. His appearance in an ordinary tie was soon rectified when he donned the BBBT on arrival at his table.
The hit of the evening was Mario Lasagne – the Singing Chef. His short but highly entertaining spot had everyone joining in on those classical Italian evergreens of “That’s Amore”, “Volare” etc, concluding with an excellent rendition of “Nessun Dorma”. He was even spotted serenading the soon-to-be-elected 2nd Vice District Governor, Joanne Sim, as well as our own Halina.
We tried with a “Roaring 20s” theme on the night in view of the recently completed filming of “The Great Gatsby” here in Sydney. So, we hired a jazz band – Jazz Fever. However, this was not the success we had hoped for as the dance floor was devoid for most of the night of passionate dancers. Still, there were some who burn the floor (7095). And, there were others who did enter in to the spirit of the Roaring 20s.
We welcomed a couple of new table sponsors in 2012 and, hopefully, they will come on board again in 2013. They were SUPERCAR d’elegance and REGAL Dry Cleaners. Both tables provided very generous support of both Open and Silent Auctions. Tom Issa, the Managing Director of SUPERCAR d’elegance bought the 2012 AFL Premiers Sydney Swans autographed guernsey and David & Bambi Mares owners of REGAL Dry Cleaners bought the pair of Howard Ireland paintings. We appreciate their support. The Pat Rafter autographed shirt was picked up by Anthony Milton from the NAB which has been a supporter since Day 1 back in 2003.
All 78 Silent Auction items were sold and there were some real bargains snapped up. The net proceeds from Auctions were approx $10,900. The raffle, with the main prize being an Apple 13-inch MacBook Air 256GB provided very generously by an anonymous donor, netted $3,140. While the net proceeds ($32,633) were less than last year, it was still a great result. And we did it without the presence of Chairman Geoff and President David, both of whom chose to “vacate the kitchen because of the heat”.
After the event, I emailed everyone with the following message which I believe deserves to be included also in this report:-
“Once again my sincere thanks to all concerned. To Michael who organised some new tables, to Sigrid who has been a great financial support for many years, to Chris who shouldered much of the organisation on the night, to Peter for being the greatest time-manager and Treasurer the Club has had, to the other members of the Organising Committee – Jeannette, Libby, David and, of course, Geoff, and, finally, to you the members, for your wonderful support in providing auction items and for filling tables, attending to auction results and contributing to them also”.