"It was a gastronomic, philanthropic and networking-in-overdrive event." Di Bauwens, The Weekend West
Thanks to almost 1,000 guests on Friday 19th May 2017 Brightwater held a record-breaking Perth’s Longest Lunch which has given Brightwater the ability to keep dancing to a different beat by injecting more music and enjoyment into the lives of the thousands of Western Australians.
Guests enjoyed six-course degustation featuring the very best ingredients from the Great Southern region and some of WA’s finest wines while also pledging their support for Brightwater, to the tune of an impressive $230,000.
In a moment designed to remind attendees why events like this are so meaningful to Brightwater’s clients, guests were introduced to Gaysie Wilson – a vibrant woman in her early 70s with Alzheimer’s – and her family, and given the opportunity to witness how music can make a difference. (You can see the video story here.)
“The generosity on the day and the energy in the room is palpable. I wish to thank each and every one who donated to our Life’s Possibilities fund, which we’ll use to run dedicated music programs across our sites,” said Ms Jennifer Lawrence, CEO of Brightwater.
The food also captivated people throughout the afternoon. A team of 150 kitchen and banqueting Crown Towers’ staff prepared and served in excess of 5,500 individual dishes during the course of the afternoon.
A unique line-up of entertainment also contributed to the day’s atmosphere, including 2015 XFactor stars Jess and Matt; violinist Patrick Roberts who has been likened to the great Andre Rieu; electro-cellist duo Hanna and DJ Chad; and Proof as the house band. The proceedings were held together by MC Shane Jacobson who returned for second helpings after his debut in 2016.
The big moment of the day was the draw of the raffle where one lucky guest left the proud owner of an Audi A1. Brightwater congratulates Shaun Munro with winning ticket number 1276 on his new car.