Inaugural Gather to Graze food gala a great success
Epworth Medical Foundation and the Australian Food Allergy Foundation held their inaugural fundraising food gala, Gather to Graze.
Together, they raised over $150,000 for the newly formed Centre for Paediatric Allergies at a wonderful event held at the Atlantic Group in Docklands.
As the prevalence of children's allergies continues to rise on a global scale, this funding will allow the Centre for Paediatric Allergies team to continue their important research into a number of key areas including: examining the rate of accidental adrenaline auto-injector self-injection; identifying the rise in nut inhalation in infants; determining whether children with fish allergy can safely eat cartilaginous fish; establishing an allergy bio bank; and determining the rates of jack jumper allergy in Victoria.
The evening was a sold out success, with over 360 guests enjoying an exquisite evening of fine dining with a menu created by Shane Delia from Maha restaurant, accompanied by wines from Levantine Hill. The event was also unique in that all produce used in the meals as well as the evening's drinks was 100% donated.
Catriona Rowntree hosted the evening and guests also heard from Cathi Biddick AM, Chair Epworth Special Events Committee; Jaida Ilhan Australian Food Allergy Foundation representative; Paul Bridgeman, Chief Winemaker Levantine Hill; Shane Delia, Maha; Lisa Van Zanten Pastry Chef Atlantic Group; and an active live auction was led by auctioneers Greg Hocking and Wayne Elly.
Gather to Graze would not have been possible without the support of our event partners: Chef Shane Delia from Maha restaurant, Levantine Hill, Bensons Property Group and Atlantic Group.
As well as our event sponsors:
Major sponsor: Device Technologies
Event partners: Atlantic Group, Maha and Levantine Hill
Associate sponsors: Greg Hocking Elly Partners, Peregrine Projects and Zagame.
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