• A private dinner or the making of a 'bonnet drama'?

    A private dinner or the making of a 'bonnet drama'?

  • Omar and Sabrina Muscat

    Omar and Sabrina Muscat

  • Frank and Christine Commisso

    Frank and Christine Commisso

  • Welcoming guests....

    Welcoming guests....

  • Satiria Liangis and her son John  Liangis in the 'French' room

    Satiria Liangis and her son John Liangis in the 'French' room

  • Lucy and Don Capezio

    Lucy and Don Capezio

  • Helen King and Terry Ring

    Helen King and Terry Ring

  • Mario and Fiona Sanfrancesco

    Mario and Fiona Sanfrancesco

  • Carolyn Viney and John Liangis

    Carolyn Viney and John Liangis

  • Steve and Helen Barnsley

    Steve and Helen Barnsley

  • Bly and Don Miers, Louise Baxter and Noelene and Mike De Podolinsky

    Bly and Don Miers, Louise Baxter and Noelene and Mike De Podolinsky

  • John and Vicky Kanellopoulos, Lisa Visintin and Angela and John Apostolopoulos

    John and Vicky Kanellopoulos, Lisa Visintin and Angela and John Apostolopoulos

  • Nina and Spiro Pazios

    Nina and Spiro Pazios

  • Private dining room for the Starlight Committee

    Private dining room for the Starlight Committee

  • Esther Patrick, Gloria Bothe abd Sharron Jobling

    Esther Patrick, Gloria Bothe abd Sharron Jobling

  • Miriana Cavic, Wendy Shepherd and Dino Nikias

    Miriana Cavic, Wendy Shepherd and Dino Nikias

  • Jim Prokova, Heidi and Vince Joseph and John Little

    Jim Prokova, Heidi and Vince Joseph and John Little

  • Christine Kohlsdorf, Chris Macphillamy and Peter Kohlsdorf

    Christine Kohlsdorf, Chris Macphillamy and Peter Kohlsdorf

  • Boyd and Naomi Hilborn, Natalie Delfino and Joe Lukic

    Boyd and Naomi Hilborn, Natalie Delfino and Joe Lukic

  • Dimitra Nikias and Anna Bezos

    Dimitra Nikias and Anna Bezos

  • Angelo Liangis and Helen Taylor

    Angelo Liangis and Helen Taylor

  •  Ross Taylor and Noel Taylor

    Ross Taylor and Noel Taylor

  • Helen Taylor and Susanna Taylor

    Helen Taylor and Susanna Taylor

  • Garry Sykes and Phuchita Sripeng

    Garry Sykes and Phuchita Sripeng

  • Anna Tsoulias, Helen Karellas and Anna Petridis

    Anna Tsoulias, Helen Karellas and Anna Petridis

  • Pip Doogan and Mark Terracini

    Pip Doogan and Mark Terracini

  • Graeme Swinton and Janet Mullins

    Graeme Swinton and Janet Mullins

  • Margaret Job and Committe President Ron Shepherd and Wendy Shepherd

    Margaret Job and Committe President Ron Shepherd and Wendy Shepherd

  • Trish and Dino Jugovac

    Trish and Dino Jugovac

  • Miriana Cavic, Helen King and Judy Patten

    Miriana Cavic, Helen King and Judy Patten

  • The Girls Grammar School Choir

    The Girls Grammar School Choir

  • Guests fill the foyer to listen to the choir.

    Guests fill the foyer to listen to the choir.

  • An imposing entrance to the home of Sotiria Liangis

    An imposing entrance to the home of Sotiria Liangis

  • Ricky Stuart, Michael Capezio and Terry Webber

    Ricky Stuart, Michael Capezio and Terry Webber

Starlight Foundation Dinner

15 October 2014

The Starlight Foundation Dinner generously provided at her O’Malley home by Sotiria Liangis was one the Starlight ACT committee will remember for many years. Out with the lounge room furniture and in with the tables, chairs, napery, gleaming glassware, flowers and a Greek band that could have been plucked from an Athens taverna to give the 100 guests paying $1000 each, a memorable evening, and give the Foundation $101,000 clear and unencumbered for this fundraiser. The extra $1000, just in case you think my maths is crook, was for an extra guest that Margaret Job of the committee casually brushed over saying someone brought their mum.

In the spectacular rooms of this house wandering guests were surrounded by the kind of opulence rarely seen outside Toorak and Darling Point mansions, but each and every aspect of the house is part of Sotiria Liangis’ dream build with meticulous attention to detail and couches to get lost in, chandeliers, gilt, paintings, marble and luxurious fabrics to admire and a warm welcome to all the guests to enjoy their surroundings.

 The Canberra Girls Grammar School choir performed on the staircase which created an intimate setting as opposed to the front verandah that could easily fit the Mormon Tabernacle Choir but was thought to be a bit chilly on this night. The string quartet entertained and delighted before guests were ushered to their tables and dinner began.

The Ottoman catered for the dinner, the wines were exceptional and the staff splendid. Smooth operations were guaranteed with this extraordinary committee who always come up trumps with their team effort and generosity to make every Starlight event a success. And with them sitting in the official dining room - it looked like a room from an ABC ‘bonnet drama’ - their ‘private dinner’ was quite an intimate affair.

For the official welcome and acknowledgements it was Margaret Job on behalf of the Starlight Foundation who thanked everyone, Angelo Liangis, who at just 8 spoke beautifully to say his thanks to the guests and John Liangis who spoke kindly and emotionally of the mother who has given this wonderful gift in between building a hotel and still working at the pace that for her is a lifestyle.