After two years of disruptions and cancellations – the Million Dollar community came together for the annual fundraising event on Friday 19th August. Committed organisations and individuals attended the Palm Springs themed event at the Crown Palladium, raising a phenomenal $2,753,724 for the Children’s Cancer Foundation.
The room was filled with a tremendous amount of goodwill and generosity, to support game-changing research projects to develop better and safer treatments for children with cancer.
Bright California Girls welcomed guests with their dance number on stage, with Melbourne artist-on-the-rise Mia Wray performing her smash hit, Never Gonna Be The Same and ARIA-award winning Australian artist Mark Seymour performing, Throw your Arms around me.
Attracting 570 of Australia’s most influential leaders and numerous high-profile personalities, the guest list included Children’s Cancer Foundation Patron and AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan and wife Laura, Foundation Chairman Jeremy Smith and the esteemed Million Dollar Lunch Committee, hosted by Lexus of Blackburn ambassador, Sarah Jones.
The Honorable Minister Jaala Pulford gave an honest and heart wrenching speech from the perspective of a mother, who lost her daughter to Cancer in 2014. Jaala’s words inspired the people in the room to donate to the Children Cancer Foundation.
Followed by Marshall White auctioneer, John Bongiorno delivered a heart-pounding auction encouraging guests to dig deep for families effected by childhood cancer – bringing up the total raised this event even higher than before.
Lexus of Blackburn are proud to be a Cornerstone Partner of the Million Dollar Lunch, having supported the Children’s Cancer Foundation for a number of years by donating a luxury vehicle to the Premium Raffle. Congratulations to this years Lexus Premium Raffle Winner, Robbie D’Orazio who will be driving away in a brand-new Lexus UX 200 Luxury!