• Samara Gleeson, Rebecca Boag, Nicole Taylor, Tara Hughes, Emma Smith and Emily Connell from Legs Dance Company.

    Samara Gleeson, Rebecca Boag, Nicole Taylor, Tara Hughes, Emma Smith and Emily Connell from Legs Dance Company.

  • Martin Crouju, Lachy Abbott, Aaron Torline, Michael Lawless and Josh Duke

    Martin Crouju, Lachy Abbott, Aaron Torline, Michael Lawless and Josh Duke

  • Matthew Hewitt and Emma Prime

    Matthew Hewitt and Emma Prime

  • Rebecca and Mauricio Bassaletti

    Rebecca and Mauricio Bassaletti

  • Felicity Law and Ian Knox

    Felicity Law and Ian Knox

  • Andrew and Louise Murray

    Andrew and Louise Murray

  • Sally Benedek and Karen Lawler

    Sally Benedek and Karen Lawler

  • Anne Madderford and Brett Hannam

    Anne Madderford and Brett Hannam

  • Lynette Crighton and Catherine Chapman

    Lynette Crighton and Catherine Chapman

  • Dharmini Robertson

    Dharmini Robertson

  • Brooke Curtin, Bobbi Canpell and Lucinda Collins

    Brooke Curtin, Bobbi Canpell and Lucinda Collins

  • Steve Collins, Steve Campbell and Rob Curtin

    Steve Collins, Steve Campbell and Rob Curtin

  • Fiona Torline, Lucy Barbour and Casey Chivers

    Fiona Torline, Lucy Barbour and Casey Chivers

  • Melissa Lucas and Martin Croujo

    Melissa Lucas and Martin Croujo

  • Christine and Matthew Bord

    Christine and Matthew Bord

  • James Eveille, Grace Eveille, Jessica O'Rourke and Luke Hillsley

    James Eveille, Grace Eveille, Jessica O'Rourke and Luke Hillsley

  • Rob Palmer and Andrew Thompson

    Rob Palmer and Andrew Thompson

  • Michelle Tynan, Sean Trenoweth and Mel Eveille

    Michelle Tynan, Sean Trenoweth and Mel Eveille

  • Maria Eliopoulos, Nick Kotrotsos and Sue Baker

    Maria Eliopoulos, Nick Kotrotsos and Sue Baker

  • Maria Domitrak and Maria Quadracca

    Maria Domitrak and Maria Quadracca

  • Luciano Quadracca and John Domitrak

    Luciano Quadracca and John Domitrak

  • Anthony and Bella Pino with Bente and Lee Phillips

    Anthony and Bella Pino with Bente and Lee Phillips

  • Joanna Hall, Sally Benedek and Karen Lawler

    Joanna Hall, Sally Benedek and Karen Lawler

  • Bobby Wan, Linda Katnic and Stipe Vuletto

    Bobby Wan, Linda Katnic and Stipe Vuletto

  • Mel Eveille, Anna Pank, Gabby Cleary, Brooke Downie and Sonia Downie

    Mel Eveille, Anna Pank, Gabby Cleary, Brooke Downie and Sonia Downie

  • Sonia Downie and her daughter Brooke Downie

    Sonia Downie and her daughter Brooke Downie

  • Anna Pank, Peter Crowley, Sonia Downie and Rob Palmer

    Anna Pank, Peter Crowley, Sonia Downie and Rob Palmer

  • Sonia Downie, Rob Palmer and Anna Pank

    Sonia Downie, Rob Palmer and Anna Pank

  • Rob Palmer

    Rob Palmer

JDRF Dinner Dance @ The National Press Club

18 June 2016

There’s something quite wonderful about the fashions of the 20’s. Admittedly most of those gorgeous flappers were slim and svelte and could wear a frock festooned with fringing, shimmering with sequins and perfectly skimming their bodies with not a sign of muffin tops and tuckshop arms. But the low heeled shoes, easy care hairstyles that only required the basic care and ladylike lengths of those beaded frocks completed a perfect picture.

For the JDRF, the choice of theme for this year’s fundraising gala ball at the National Press Club was a trip back in time to glamour and style from the 20’s with just about all the guests finding treasures in their wardrobes to make for an evening of feathers furbelows, slinky silks and stunning hair accessories. And the blokes made the effort too though all were completely upstaged by guest of honour Rob Palmer who struck a pose in his 20’s swimsuit ensemble that would like just right amongst the coloured change sheds of Brighton Beach in Melbourne. To complete his 20’s look his usually curly locks were pasted with product into a slick and appropriate style. A lot of product was needed to achieve it but in his usual good humour he happily slapped it on.

Now Rob is still our preferred tradie and that he’s no longer on the telly is a shame but his efforts for the JDRF are sincere and he’s intent on making a difference raising money for research. As a diabetic he knows the disciplines required to deal with it and uses every opportunity to raise awareness and money. His current television commercials are slick and simple with the hope of funds raised for JDRF turning “Type 1 into Type none” which for so many would be lifesaving.

He charmed the guests, showed off his dancing skills and a fine set of calf muscles and caught up with his many local friends made during last year’s fundraiser. They invited him back with no hesitation as the preferred guest of honour. 

 Legs Dance Company had set the scene with a flapper frolic around the tables and guests then perused the auction items on offer and settled in for a great night.