• Kelly and Paul Walshe

    Kelly and Paul Walshe

  • Paul Walshe and Dorothy Service

    Paul Walshe and Dorothy Service

  • Andrew Pinson, Sudha Rao and Brand Hoff

    Andrew Pinson, Sudha Rao and Brand Hoff

  • Karen Toscan

    Karen Toscan

  • Paul Walshe and Renee Wood

    Paul Walshe and Renee Wood

  • Colette mackay and Sue Service

    Colette mackay and Sue Service

  • Sue Service, Louise Curtis and Rob Service

    Sue Service, Louise Curtis and Rob Service

  • Kay Taylor and Sue Service

    Kay Taylor and Sue Service

  • Glen Toscan and Rob Service

    Glen Toscan and Rob Service

  • Jihn Knox and Sue Service

    Jihn Knox and Sue Service

  • Trenae Buick and Sue Service

    Trenae Buick and Sue Service

  • Noel Molloy and Rob Service

    Noel Molloy and Rob Service

  • Martin Bowles and Sue Service

    Martin Bowles and Sue Service

  • Georgina Kelly and Rob Service

    Georgina Kelly and Rob Service

  • Donna Joris and Rob Service

    Donna Joris and Rob Service

  • Hyatt Hotel's General Manager Fredrick Arul and Allan Williams

    Hyatt Hotel's General Manager Fredrick Arul and Allan Williams

  • "Suede" with Ross Latham, Loz Blain, Chris Blain and Lykr Stevenson

    "Suede" with Ross Latham, Loz Blain, Chris Blain and Lykr Stevenson

  • "Suede" with Ross Latham, Loz Blain, Chris Blain and Luke Stevenson

    "Suede" with Ross Latham, Loz Blain, Chris Blain and Luke Stevenson

  • Carol Peake and Natalie Rayner

    Carol Peake and Natalie Rayner

  • Entertainment by Melbourne group 'Suede"

    Entertainment by Melbourne group 'Suede"

  • Adam Moore, Anne Kowalski and Brian Acworth

    Adam Moore, Anne Kowalski and Brian Acworth

  • John McCallum and Kay Taylor

    John McCallum and Kay Taylor

  • Josie Webb, Danielle Grimmer, Kristin McDowall and Rachel Gilbertson

    Josie Webb, Danielle Grimmer, Kristin McDowall and Rachel Gilbertson

  • Renee Wood and James Churches

    Renee Wood and James Churches

  • Best Dressed Lady, Sue Field and Noel Molloy

    Best Dressed Lady, Sue Field and Noel Molloy

  • Jane and Peter Brown with Margaret Reid

    Jane and Peter Brown with Margaret Reid

  • Manny Notaras, pretty in pink

    Manny Notaras, pretty in pink

  • Joe Smith and Rob Service

    Joe Smith and Rob Service

  • Allan Williams and Rob Service

    Allan Williams and Rob Service

  • Christine Wallace and Tob Service

    Christine Wallace and Tob Service

  • Louisa Wallace and Rob Service

    Louisa Wallace and Rob Service

  • Michael Barlow

    Michael Barlow

  • Peta and Brand Hoff

    Peta and Brand Hoff

  • Jim Service, Jackie CXoles and Michael Costello

    Jim Service, Jackie CXoles and Michael Costello

  • Jenny Murphy and Margaret Murphy

    Jenny Murphy and Margaret Murphy

  • Karen Sarris, Belinda Chamberlain, Belinda Hedley, Jane Dimoff and Tina Rose.

    Karen Sarris, Belinda Chamberlain, Belinda Hedley, Jane Dimoff and Tina Rose.

  • Hannah Croft, Mandy Sandford, Susan Miller and Tiffany Blyton

    Hannah Croft, Mandy Sandford, Susan Miller and Tiffany Blyton

  • Tony Muckle and David Patkes

    Tony Muckle and David Patkes

  • Kelly Walshe, Jenny Notaras and Alfiya Safina

    Kelly Walshe, Jenny Notaras and Alfiya Safina

  • Dimitra and Dino Nikias with Koula Notaras

    Dimitra and Dino Nikias with Koula Notaras

  • Carol peake and Colette Mackay

    Carol peake and Colette Mackay

  • Elizabeth Grant, Muriel Wilkinson and June Gordon

    Elizabeth Grant, Muriel Wilkinson and June Gordon

  • Dorothy Service and Christine Wallace

    Dorothy Service and Christine Wallace

  • Deanne Glanville and Andrea Krumbholz

    Deanne Glanville and Andrea Krumbholz

Pink Dinner - 10th Anniversary @ Hyatt Horel

22 October 2015

The Pink Dinner has established itself as the premier fundraising event for the National Breast Cancer Foundation in Canberra and celebrated this year the tenth anniversary with a jolly good knees up at the Hyatt Hotel. Yes there was dancing in the aisles, on the periphery and around the tables as the ‘Special Entertainment’ courtesy of Melbourne foursome Suede sang some music that was very danceable which is just a bit unusual for this dinner. We love the opera stars, the harmonies of the boy groups and the familiar songs of musical theatre but it takes just one Stevie Wonder song and the girls were throwing caution to the wind. The champagne and dinner wines probably helped.

As a fundraiser it is unique because there are no raffles, auctions or hidden gems to be won by buying champagne, but there is a prize draw where every guest’s name is in the barrel for a prize draw and a formidable collection of 15 ‘Pink Prizes’ distributed. And all guests are encouraged to make a pledge to the NBCF. I won Stephen Moore’s ghd Platinum Edition styler. Why is it his I hear you ask? Well our Wallabies captain is a regular at the Pink Dinner every year with his beautiful and very photogenic wife Courtney, but of course this year the family is in England , but Stephen with his bald head reckons he’s a cert for the ‘ghd styler’. So far he’s missed the prize so if they win the World Cup I’ll give it to him!

Among the guests was Associate Professor Sudha Rao from UC who I first met at a World’s Biggest Morning Tea event a few years ago and went away after spending some time with her absolutely convinced she would be the lady to make a breakthrough in her area of expertise in molecular and cellular biology. There is support for her work from some formidable areas of financing with on this occasion Brand Hoff, a man working hard in his retirement from IT, singing her praises and happily fronting up for a photo opportunity wearing his purple pearls from New Orleans, probably nonchantly tossed from a balcony as they do in that city of music, gumbo and the hurricane – the drink not the gulf storms. But Brand Hoff is serious about getting the lovely Sudha Rao all the support he can.

Will we see the end of breast cancer in our lifetime? Or will it be the next generation who’ll benefit. While this insidious disease continues to be the scourge of women we must keep the research funded and supported. And the Pink Dinner might just become the night to dance until we drop for breast cancer.