November 18, 2019

Northern Health Foundation Dinner: Feel the beat for the 80’s

On Saturday night, Northern Health Foundation hosted their 80’s themed 2019 Annual Dinner, raising funds for defibrillators across Northern Health.

Held at Casa D’Abruzzo Club in Epping, the event raised an impressive $95,000 to support the purchase of state of the art defibrillators across our four campuses.

Guests arrived in their best 80’s outfits complete with boomboxes, crimped hair and scrunchies!

Hosted by iconic Australian pop group, The Chantoozies, guests enjoyed drinks, a three course meal and plenty of prizes with a raffle, balloon pop and live and silent auctions.

Australia’s most loved and in demand 80’s cover band, Stand and Deliver, had everyone on the dance floor as they took guests back to their fondest 80’s tunes!

“Everyone got into the theme and really enjoyed reminiscing about the 80’s. I had an amazing night!” said Divisional Director for Surgical Services, Linda Romano.

Clinical Director of Paediatrics, David Tran, and Divisional Director of Surgery, Wanda Stelmach, were awarded best dressed of the night with their amazing 80’s inspired outfits.

Best dressed winners!

Special guests, Northern Health patient, Umit Kursat, his wife Tulay and their family and friends joined us in support. Umit understands firsthand how important defibrillators are, having suffered a cardiac arrest in October this year and being rushed to Northern Hospital for lifesaving treatment. Hear from him and his wife in the below video.

Northern Health Foundation Director, Yvonne Amos, said “I would like to thank our major sponsors, prize partners and all those who attended the Annual Dinner. I am sure you will agree the evening was vibrant and our trip back to the 80’s was embraced by all who attended.”

“Having Umit and Tulay Kursat share their personal journey with us was courageous and highlighted for our guests the importance of defibrillators when someone suffers a cardiac arrest. The Foundation team are proud to announce $95,000 was raised from the event in support of our defibrillator campaign,” Yvonne added.

Thank you to all of our very generous major sponsors, Casa D’Abruzzo Club, ISS Facility Services, 1ALP, Healthcare Imaging Services, ALH Group, Drums Hotel, Riverlee and Turosi Food Solutions Group for their support.

A special thank you to staff members involved in the opening surprise flash mob!

Staff members surprised guests with a flash mob to open the event
Our hosts for the evening, The Chantoozies
80’s cover band, Stand and Deliver, kept guests entertained all night long!
Umit Kursat, his wife, Tulay and their daughter, Belinay
Left to right: Pina Di Donato (Northern Health Foundation Board Member), Umit Kursat, Tulay Kursat, Tricia Maclean (Northern Health Foundation Board Member), Josie Minniti (Northern Health Foundation Patron), Andrew Williamson (Executive Director, Northern Health Foundation)