Last October, as many reading this will know, it was ten years since the tragic event that led to the establishment of the JMB Foundation. For a number of our early years a fundraising luncheon was held in support of JMB. Organised by a committee of wonderful women under the banner of BLINC (Brain Linked Injury Needs Compassion), the luncheons were missed by those who attended in the past. So last year we marked our 10th anniversary by bringing back the JMB Foundation luncheon, and we’re happy to say the response was magnificent.
More than 350 guests packed Leonda’s ballroom on October 5th and enjoyed a beautiful day that brought people together in a very special way. It was a great opportunity for James to see his old mates, for his family to catch up with old friends, and for us to meet many of our generous supporters. Special guest speakers Professor Andrew Kaye and Ms Anj Barker were warmly welcomed, as were our dashing MCs Luke Darcy and Seb Costello. Auction items, so kindly donated by friends and supporters, created something of a bidding frenzy and there was such a scramble for raffle tickets we could hardly keep up with it.
With so many generous donations and an enormous amount of voluntary assistance and goodwill, our 10th anniversary luncheon turned out to be quite a triumph and we are thrilled to say we raised $45,000! It was an outstanding result, and one which will make a huge difference to our work helping young people with acquired brain injury to experience a better quality of life.
Our thanks to everyone who helped out with donating auction/raffle prizes, and of course to all those who came along to enjoy the lunch and ended up putting their hands deep into their pockets to bid in the silent auction or live auction.