Halloween lunch this year was one of the most exciting fundraising events for KOALA Kids.   More than 140 people helped raise in excess of $34,000 while enjoying the incredible hospitality of Steer Bar and Grill for the second consecutive year, a sumptuous menu designed and prepared by executive chef Shaun Neilson and his team, served meticulously by Paul Hesletine and his fabulous stewards. Alisha Griffiths shared her family’s story since her four year old son Teddy was diagnosed with Leukemia in September 2013 and Mecca Cosmetica’s Bec Shannon showed us how we can all wear orange lipstick and look like supermodels, without the diet!10665734_814371471948531_4848139212107562362_n

 Alisha Griffiths owns and operates Horseback Winery Tours in Mainridge.  Hearing Alisha’s first hand stories about the many small things KOALA Kids provides every family member moved many of the guests to tears.
Bec Shannon, lead stylist Mecca Cosmetica gave us an insight on how to wear orange lipstick, regardless of our hair, eye or skin color, with minimal make up, and
 everyone left with an overflowing orange trick or treat bag filled with nearly $200 of fabulous donated items from KOALA Kids supporters and partners including 45 minute
Mecca make up application values at $90, a Salt & Pepper pack of 3 different fragrance diffusers and a fabulous Christopher Vine ‘chair’ print mug, bars from Carman’s, Swisse and Slim Secrets, a special treat from Naughty Nush and so much more.

The Steer Bar and Grill team rose to the occasion for the second consecutive year and in their inimitable style served a magnificent sharing style menu with utmost professionalism.

KOALA Kids interns looked fabulous in their orange-ish oneseason new season caftans and worked hard all day to bring the event to fruition.

Lucy Chait has developed a penchant for Scanlan Theodore winning her second $2,000 voucher (She won the other one at a Breast Cancer fundraiser a couple of years ago.)

67326_814371465281865_4088081979579215996_nWendy Stuart paid $1,200 for Caroline Eshak-Liuzzi’s “Who gives a hoot!” painted especially for the lunch and many guests enjoyed fabulous surprises in their little $50 and $100 Halloween mystery bags.

Special thanks to all of the KOALA Kids volunteers back at the camp who worked tirelessly over the past 8 weeks collecting donations, stuffing trick or treat bags,writing, design and producing marketing collateral and basically pulling the event together.

And last but by no means least, Mandy Mandie, program director KOALA Kids and all of the KOALA Kids volunteers express their warmest thanks to each and every guest,
donor and company that supported this year’s Halloween lunch  to make it a truly enjoyable, memorable and meaningful fundraiser for KOALA Kids and children and adolescents with cancer and their families battling the ugly disease.
The KOALA Kids Steer Bar and Grill event has become a hot ticket on the pre-Spring Carnival calendar, selling out again well in advance with everyone on the wait list managing a ticket to get a ticket to the event, some even at the 11th hour.
Who knows next year, 140 tickets might become as scarce as hen’s teeth!