Toukley building company, Hotondo Homes, has received the prestigious Make-A-Wish Australia Event of the Year Award for their Champagne Brunch, held in October.
Business owners, Jon and Lyndsey Clarke are passionate about supporting local community events and this event raised more than $5,400 for Make-A-Wish to help grant the wishes of children and teens facing a life threatening illness.
More than 65 local women attended the event to help raise money for children, just like six-year-old Priya, who has acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.
Priya’s wish was to have a party at the beach with all her favourite princesses and the Champagne Brunch helped make that happen.
“We are so lucky to have a happy and healthy family of our own, and we know it’s sadly not the case for everyone,” Jon Clarke said.
“We’re in a position that we can give back and help others, so we’re more than happy to do so.”
Guests were entertained by silent auctions, raffles and inspired by guest speakers, as well as local businesses becoming involved by donating their own goods and services for the occasion.
“While we were planning the event we stumbled upon an amazing local woman who had a direct experience with Make-A-Wish many years ago when her son was ill, and she ended up speaking at the event and telling her heart warming story,” Lyndsey Clarke said.
“We still stay in touch and have formed a beautiful friendship,” she said.
The team is now brainstorming new and innovative ideas for next year’s Make-A-Wish fundraiser and plans are in motion for a Sunset Soiree.
Media release, Dec 3