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Long time Mater Foundation supporter, Edwina McVeigh, held her 5th annual Cocktails for a Cure on Saturday 24 February earlier this year. Raising money for ovarian cancer research at Mater, the sold out, Hamptons style event proved to be a big hit with locals in Dalby. While not The Hamptons of Long Island, New York, Cocktails for a Cure brought the elegant and coastal style for an evening of fun, fine food, cocktails and fundraising, raising an incredible $54 000 for ovarian cancer research at Mater!
From the white cane furniture adorned with navy and white cushions, the hanging paper lanterns to the mass of palm and monsteria leaves; it was definitely a Hampton’s affair. The crowd too embraced the party’s theme with lots of navy and white cocktail dresses and suits. Add a steady flow of champagne, the high class service at this year’s premium bar and a brilliant menu of seared scallops in lemon butter, skewered bourbon meatballs and roaming platters of salmon cucumber with dill and you would have been hard pressed not to have a good time. Founder and organizer of the CFAC, Edwina McVeigh said that the night was all about ‘appreciation, celebration and hope for the future’.
Palatine Productions Sharen Kenny hosted the event with warmth and affection with entertainment Route 33 ramping it up getting the audience up dancing later in the evening. The event provided a chance for everybody involved—from guests, donors, sponsors to the research team—to celebrate what has been achieved with funds raised and to continue to work together to fight this disease.
Guest speaker Mater Research Professor John Hooper spoke of empowering women ‘anyone with symptoms should be referred to a specialist as quickly as possible’. He also reminded guests of the symptoms ‘the 4 main symptoms are: pain, abdominal bloating, needing the toilet urgently and feeling full only after a small amount of food’. He continued to tell guests that without CFAC the Mater Foundation would not have the Study Coordinator role that is the ‘grease within the wheels’ for coordinating the research studies and clinical trials at the Mater. ‘We are so thankful to Edwina and the committee for their passion and amazing efforts, and for the terrific support from the CFAC community’.
The money continued to be raised throughout the evening with raffle tickets being sold. The live auction proved exciting with prizes kindly donated by many CFAC partners and friends of our committee, including an all-inclusive stay at Spicer’s Peak Lodge, a Calico Pony framed print and fresh water pearl earrings from Hogan’s Jewellers Toowoomba. The silent auction was also well received with enthusiastic bidders competing for items including an original framed drawing from Kylie Mclean Art, Mel Hendrix photography vouchers and a one year membership at Physical Fix.
Edwina McVeigh said ‘I am constantly encouraged by people’s kindness and generosity, raising funds for ovarian cancer research knowing it could save another daughter, mother, sister is personally important to me’.
‘I’m also really proud of our relationship with the Mater Foundation and the MOCRC (Mater Ovarian Cancer Research Collaborative) group that spans 5 years now and am pleased to have raised vital research funds to support scientific advances and by doing that we offer hope for a better future for more generations of women’’.
All money raised from the evening is donated to the Mater Foundation supporting ovarian cancer research at Mater.
Pictured: Edwina McVeigh, Founder and Organiser of Cocktails for a Cure