2020 has been a year like no other, but one thing that did stay the same, was the annual charity luncheon, the President’s Lunch held on 24 November at the Darwin Turf Club Grandstand.
Over 250 Hospitality NT Members, suppliers and corporate partners enjoyed an afternoon of laughs, good food and beverages, with entertainment from Des Crowe and Sam McCool.
While there to enjoy a fun filled afternoon, importantly the luncheon raised over $57,000 for the Darwin Starlight Foundation, who do amazing work with children suffering illnesses in hospital. The Foundation’s major annual fundraiser, the Darwin Starlight Ball was cancelled this year due to COVID, so this event was very much welcomed by the Foundation and all the Starlight staff.
“This was a great opportunity from an industry heavily impacted by the shut downs to come together, blow off some steam and raise much needed funds for a charity providing great services to sick Territorian kids, said Paul Palmer, President of Hospitality NT. Territorians have in many ways pulled together this year and helped each other out and our event was another example of that,” Mr. Palmer said.
“During this challenging year, Starlight has been there to bring happiness to sick kids in any way we can. The need for Starlight’s services has never been greater and only with the help of the community can we continue to be there for sick kids when they need it most,” said Emma Puddy, Starlight Program Manager NT.
“Every dollar spent on our vital services must first be raised and the impact of 2020 has devastated Starlight’s fundraising. We are blown away by the generosity of the Darwin community,” Ms Puddy said.
The major prize of the raffle was an amazing Delfini Strand Paspaley Pearl bracelet, generously donated by Paspaley Pearls, and won by a very happy Danielle Jones from the Cavenagh Hotel.
Thank you to all the businesses that donated auction and raffle items and for everyone who attended, thank you for your generosity.
To view more photos from the day please visit our facebook page.