Bank of Queensland’s inaugural Corporate Charity Event – the lunch function featuring former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani – has been hailed a resounding success after raising more than $150,000 for local medical charities.
The prestigious event was the biggest sit-down lunch ever held in Brisbane with 2111 guests, a veritable “who’s who” of Brisbane identities, and 100 volunteers attending.
All profits from lunch and associated charity auctions will be donated to three deserving Queensland charities – the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Foundation, the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation Queensland and the Wesley Research Institute.
Bank of Queensland Managing Director David Liddy said the big ticket auction items, including a BMW Z4 luxury sports car, attracted enormous interest from guests.
“Strongly contested items included a signed and framed baseball bat, and a signed and framed poster of the Time Man of the Year cover of Rudolph Giuliani.
“Others which attracted a lot of interest were two return business class flights tickets to Los Angeles and two to New York both including accommodation, a diamond bracelet valued at more than $20,000 and a seat in the Brisbane Lions coaches’ box.
“Also up for grabs were Rugby World Cup final tickets, swimming lessons with Olympic Gold Medallist Geoff Huegill, a personal training session with star Wallaby Wendell Sailor, kicking lessons with AFL star Alastair Lynch, a painting by celebrated Aboriginal artist Gloria Beckett (recently deceased) and an exotic holiday in South Africa,” David said.
Mr Liddy praised the response to the charity event from the people of Brisbane as fantastic.
Guests at the event ate their way through 600kg of veal loin, 120kg of mushrooms, 204 dozen oysters, 108kg of King Prawns and a third of a tonne of Australian cheeses.
Thirty-seven chefs prepared the food in five kitchens and 175 service staff looked after the guests.