- Variety AFL Great Grand Final Lunch Success
Variety AFL Great Grand Final Lunch Success
The Variety AFL Great Grand Final Lunch for 2014 was a terrific success. As our signature event, and officially endorsed by the AFL, this iconic luncheon helps to raise funds for children in need.
This year we were pleased to welcome over 1,000 guests to Crown Palladium on Wednesday September 24. Thanks to all of our incredible guests, volunteers, team, sponsors and partners and our beloved Variety children who helped to make this year's Variety AFL Great Grand Final Lunch a huge success.
Huge thanks go to our wonderful MC Craig Willis, celebrity guest speakers Johnothan Brown, Peta Searl, Matthew Richardson, Susan Alberti, and new FOX8 The Recruit Johann Wagner -'Yoey'.
The (newly named) Tom Hafey Heart of Football Award Winner, announced by Maureen Hafey for 2014 is fittingly, Richmond FC star Daniel Jackson.
Guests contributed to silent, live and online auctions, raffles and special Variety pledge. They were moved by a video and heartfelt speech about Variety child Jazmyn and inspired by Young Sports Achiever for 2014, wheelchair basketballer Sam Rizzo.
Huge thanks to our terrific sponsors Crown Melbourne, Lion Co, Beloka Water, Dromana Estate Wines and all who contributed to pulling off this amazing event.
To cap it all off the lunch followed tradition by having legendary Mike Brady play Up There Cazaly in true footy spirit.
Funds raised from this year's incredible footy themed lunch will help more Aussie children to live, laugh and learn.
Results of the Variety $1,000 raffle, drawn on the day, are as follows:
1st Prize - Jeep Cherokee Longitude valued at $43,000 on the road. Winner: Patrick Brennan.
2nd Prize - Tag Heuer Carrera Mens Swiss Avant-Garde Watch – valued at $6,500. Winner: Geoff Manson
3rd Prize - Oris Flight Timer Watch– Valued at $3,600. Winner: Blair Denys.
See below a selection of photos from the event. To find our full gallery of photos visit our Facebook page.