$6,000 for Melbourne Cup 2013

Melbourne Cup brought together the dapper, the daring and the divine at the Preston James Fund’s Cloudland event.

But it was more than stunning outfits that shone on the day.

Through the generosity of our wonderful guests, $6,000 was raised. This profit will benefit children in intensive care at the Mater Children’s or Mother’s Hospitals in Brisbane.

We give you our most sincere thanks and look forward to sharing many more great times together in the future.

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$2,000 raised at flicks

A Sunday movie matinee on 16 June saw our supporters flock to Hoyts Stafford City for the premiere of Despicable Me 2.

With 133 people in attendance we raised $2,350. Not a bad effort, if we do say so ourselves!

Thank you to all those who shared the day with us and a huge thank you to Universal Studios and Hoyts for making the day possible.

$70,000 from PJF Ball 2012

Our supporters never cease to amaze us. Despite difficult economic times and an unseasonably cold night, our warm-hearted supporters donned their dancing shoes and opened their wallets, celebrating long into the night for the Preston James Fund’s Autumn Fair Ball.

The event raised produced a staggering profit of $70,000. This eclipsed our expectations and was thanks to the support of so many, including our Major Sponsor, UQ Business School. Rest assured, the reward was worth it. The Preston James Fund is delighted to be able to provide $70,000 to the Mater Children’s Hospital Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) for the purchase of life-saving equipment.

For those in attendance it may come as little surprise that so much was raised. The atmosphere was electric, with MC Anthony Bell revving up the audience and leading the donations with a generous donation of his own. So many others followed suit, generously donating and bidding throughout the night.

Anthony is CEO of Bell Partners and Loyal Foundation and skipper of the Investec Loyal Yacht (winner of the 2011 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and competitor in the last three races).

The heartfelt speeches by Preston James Fund co-chairs Mary and Belinda, and by Preston’s sister Noelle reminded all why we support such an important cause. While Kelly Foster, our committee member and Paediatric Intensive Care nurse, faithfully spoke the poignant words on behalf of a mother of whose daughter has been treated in the PICU.

Our great friend and auctioneer John Creswick delivered the auction the only way he knows how, with great gusto! The live auctions raised $18,750 on the night while the silent auctions raised close to $10,000.

Entertainment on the night was provided by the very talented Sheldon College Jazz Quartet and the crowd favourite, Band of Blue, while Melanie Hendrix, our friend and photographer snapped away and was a brilliant support, as always. We had a group of tireless volunteers who supported the night, for which we are so grateful.

Huge thanks go to our Major Sponsor for the event, UQ Business School, who supported us in so many ways on and before the night. Also, our sincere thanks go to our generous Corporate Partners, NAB and Dialog.

Last but not least to our great friends: the creative genius of Smoke Creative, the unwavering support of Gen3, to our friend and Ambassador Grant Hackett, and to Victoria Park Golf Course for the excellent service on the night and in the weeks leading up to the event. The Marquee looked amazing.

We will update this site once the funds have reached the Hospital. Stay tuned.

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A swimmingly good day for charity!

On 16 October 2011, the Billabong Swim School at the Tweed Heads – owned by Judy and John Bonning –  opened their doors to the community for a Fair Day – and raised over $3,000 for the Mater Children’s Hospital Paediatric Intensive Care Unit.

The money was raised in the name of Kailis Smith whose tragically passed away this year from whooping cough. In Judy’s own words:

This past June, we had missed two and a half year old Shayda Smith in her swimming lessons and I knew that her mum had a baby a few months earlier.  So when I saw Roz Smith at the mall, and asked her how her baby was, she broke into tears.  Roz explained to me how they had lost little Kailis at 10 weeks old to whopping cough.  She was telling me about the painful experience and the time spent at the Mater Hospital where the staff was wonderful, but they were short of the necessary equipment to treat newborns. Roz said that she wanted to raise money in Kailis’s memory and to help save other infants that are in desperate need of these life saving machines.  I knew then that helping heal Roz and Jay’s pain and to help raise money in Kailis’ name would be the next cause for the Billabong Swim School Fair Day.  We learned about the great efforts of the Preston James Fund and were happy to support by raising money for life saving equipment for children’s intensive care.

Through silent auction items on their Facebook page, the bidding started early. Several items from surfing stars and race car drivers were received, as well as a signed book by William Shatner and a poster signed by Bear Grylls (Man Vs Wild).

It was a fun day for all, with children participating in activities around the pool including dance, yoga, story-telling and arts and crafts, to name a few.

To finish with more words from Judy:

We greatly appreciated the support of the Preston James Fund ladies, Mary, Belinda and especially Natasha, who was there the entire day, have been very supportive and easy to work with.  There were many tears from Roz and Jay and they greatly appreciated everything that was done.  We hope that they felt the love and support of the community who felt their grief and supported their cause.  We also hope that an awareness of the importance of getting children vaccinated was made more apparent to everyone in our Tweed community.

John and I were very happy to be a part of this worthy cause and wish the Preston James Fund all the best in everything they do.

A huge thank you to everyone who turned up, to those who donated items and time and to Judy and John to extending their kindness to children in intensive care.

Styled, Sealed, Delivered

A day of style and stilettos kicked off the Preston James Fund’s A Cause for Kailis initiative on Friday 22 July. With Network Ten’s Amanda McLeay hosting the Claret house affair, and Triple M’s Emily-Jade on hand to have her baby-bump styled, the Preston James Fund raised $3,600 for the Mater Children’s Hospital’s Paediatric Intensive Care Unit.

With styling sessions and hot tips for summer, guests enjoyed an afternoon of fashion and champaign (and learnt a thing or two!) Special guest Roslynd Smith, who tragically lost her 10 week old Kailis in April this year, also graced the stage and was generous of her time to raise critical funds in her son’s name.

The Preston James Fund is supporting Roslynd and her family to raise money for life-saving intensive care equipment at the Mater. The day was a smashing success and we wait with bated breath for the Fund’s next event.

Secret Garden Ball 2010

At the Preston James Fund we pride ourselves on knowing how to throw a party – or a Ball or a Lunch!

Our 2010 Ball, the Secret Garden, eclipsed all efforts to date in its splendour, and stretched imaginations to their limits. If you were not able to be a part of the excitement and wonder of this year’s ball, have a look at the pictures by clicking the below link, and be sure to buy tickets to our next ball!

Fab Friday Lunch

On 23rd July 2010, award winning chef David Pugh opened the doors of Restaurant II, one of Brisbane’s best restaurants, to Preston James Fund guests for a fabulous friday lunch.

Friends of the Preston James Fund finished off the working week with a delicious three-course lunch menu of locally sourced premium produce, complimented by matching wines.

Hosted by the lovely Amanda McLeay, who was dressed in a dazzling frock by Jules and Roc, guests generously supported the Fund through purchasing raffle tickets for some fabulous prizes.

A Night in Fantasia 2009

A Night in Fantasia was celebrated in style at Gianni Events Portside. A brilliant night was had by all and over $60,000 was raised. A live auction for a Michael Zavros painting caused a sensation!

Jellyfish Luncheon 2008

Grant Hackett attended the 2008 Jellyfish event where over $30,000 was raised. Some of the auction items included Grant’s 2004 and 2008 Olympic swimsuits, a Donna Gibb painting and a signed Australian Cricket Team bat.

Mad Hatter’s Ball 2008

A superb night that raised more than $100,000. A day cruising on a yacht at the Gold Coast drew the highest bid on the night, and an auction for dinner for ten by Char Cha Cha’s chef made mouths’ salivate.