• Virginia Hansen, Andrew Buttsworth and Jennifer Harper.

    Virginia Hansen, Andrew Buttsworth and Jennifer Harper.

  • Kelly and Paul Walshe

    Kelly and Paul Walshe

  • Jenny Notaras and Margaret Job

    Jenny Notaras and Margaret Job

  • Willy Huys, Kay Taylor, John McCallum, Leslie Carlin and Fiona Sanfrancesco

    Willy Huys, Kay Taylor, John McCallum, Leslie Carlin and Fiona Sanfrancesco

  • Helen Parkes and Glenys Roper.

    Helen Parkes and Glenys Roper.

  • Victoria Parkes and Anita McIntyre

    Victoria Parkes and Anita McIntyre

  • Diane and Adrian Kargas with Ginny Acworth

    Diane and Adrian Kargas with Ginny Acworth

  • Harriet Elvin and Janene Williams

    Harriet Elvin and Janene Williams

  • Col and Kate Alexander, Malcolm Leslie and Melissa O'Neill

    Col and Kate Alexander, Malcolm Leslie and Melissa O'Neill

  • Louisa and Gavin Smith and Jo Whithear

    Louisa and Gavin Smith and Jo Whithear

  • Tony and Lynne Tonks with Christine and Stuart Barber

    Tony and Lynne Tonks with Christine and Stuart Barber

  • Robyn Hendry, Todd Wills and Cheryl Miller

    Robyn Hendry, Todd Wills and Cheryl Miller

  • Christine Haervey, Georgina Phelps, Margaret Reid and Emily Phelps

    Christine Haervey, Georgina Phelps, Margaret Reid and Emily Phelps

  • Diana Ryan, Lea McKaskill, Jan Waldren, Dot and Peter Barclay and Cindy Young

    Diana Ryan, Lea McKaskill, Jan Waldren, Dot and Peter Barclay and Cindy Young

  • Harry and Debbie Notaras and Tony Headly

    Harry and Debbie Notaras and Tony Headly

  • Anne Trimmer and Jeff Townsend

    Anne Trimmer and Jeff Townsend

  • Helen Christensen and John McCallum

    Helen Christensen and John McCallum

  • Alan and Jan Hastings

    Alan and Jan Hastings

  • Nick and Jennifer Whennan

    Nick and Jennifer Whennan

  • Margaret Reid and Sharon Sloan

    Margaret Reid and Sharon Sloan

  • Nprman Korte and Sarah Knaggs

    Nprman Korte and Sarah Knaggs

  • Giuliano Farzan, Harry Korte and Jake Peden

    Giuliano Farzan, Harry Korte and Jake Peden

  • Christopher Hastings

    Christopher Hastings

  • Malcolm Carlin and his grandson Harry Korte

    Malcolm Carlin and his grandson Harry Korte

  • Christine Barber and Lynne Tonks

    Christine Barber and Lynne Tonks

  • James Willson, Norm and Vanessa Korte and Jeremy Wilcox

    James Willson, Norm and Vanessa Korte and Jeremy Wilcox

Affirm - Gourmet at the Gallery

10 April 2014

Affirm is the Australian Foundation for Mental Health Research and its fundraisers are among the most wonderful occasions of fine food and wine, great company and entertainment, exceptional venues and desirables to max out the credit card.

There is a serious side, and in the hands of Chairperson Margaret Reid, you’re left in no doubt that mental health research is making a difference, but there’s a long way to go. And while celebrity deaths linked to mental health issues shock us, there is a need closer to home for us all to understand and get the help and support for family, friends and colleagues when they show signs of depression particularly.

The dinner at Gandel Hall was with long formal tables, unlike the first Affirm Gourmet lunch at the Botanic Gardens meandering the Eucalyptus Lawn that set the bar high for subsequent occasions, but this board always excels. The red roses were impressive, the food and Mount Majura wines perfect, and Grace Knight with her sultry voice entertained in her inimitable style following an astounding chorus of trumpets to welcome guests.

Guests put their hands in their pockets buying lucky envelopes for the most discerning range of donated products and services, picked a pearl with a number to win Creations stunning pearl and rare sapphire enhancer, to daintily add to your necklace if you could encourage Vanessa Carlin to part with it as she relished being the ‘neck model’. She didn’t win it but her husband, Norm Korte, surprised her buying a luxury escape to the Karma Kandara spa resort in Bali. She might be on that plane today, as should all the board to recover from a formidable effort making this night another successful Affirm event.