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The Diamond Event

Thank you for making The Diamond Event 2017 a huge success and raising a record amount over $650,000.

Thu 10th Aug 2017
7:00 pm - 11:45 pm
Ivy Ballroom, 320 George Street

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Ivy (The Diamond Event venue)

About The Diamond Event

The Diamond Event 2017 supported The Australasian Centre for Personalised Cystic Fibrosis Medicine at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick to fast-track research aimed at finding a cure for patients living with Cystic Fibrosis.

Every four days, a baby is diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, and one in 25 parents unknowingly carry the gene. It’s the most common life-threatening genetic disease affecting Australian children and there is no cure. But thanks to the genomics revolution, we are now able to discover new breakthrough treatments for each person with Cystic Fibrosis.

Since its inception in 2010 The Diamond Event has raised more than $2.6 million for the Hospital – making a real difference to the lives of sick children.

The Diamond Event auction - Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation

How you can help

Raffles: During The Diamond Event you had the opportunity to win a range of prizes. View the raffle prizes

Live Auction: The auctioneer accepted your live bids on a number of priceless experiences. View the auction prizes

Silent Auction: You browsed and bid on our silent auction items including a Hawaiian escape, Penfolds Grange, and a corporate box at the Sydney Swans. View the silent auction items

Live Pledges & Naming Recognition: Create your legacy at The Diamond Event. The auctioneer accepted your tax-deductible pledge to support the Australasian Centre for Personalised Cystic Fibrosis Medicine in its new home within The Bright Alliance.

The Diamond Event drinks at the Ivy - Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation

2017 Event Committee

  • Samantha Luciano, Chair
  • Sally Bettman
  • Deborah Coakley
  • Sally Donnelley
  • Vanessa Douglas
  • Melissa Marshall
  • Charlie Tynan

2017 Event Ambassadors

  • Natarsha Belling
  • Penny O'Meara
  • Mandy Steinberg


Kate Holloway
Events Manager
Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation

Phone: +61 2 9382 0995
Address: 19 Eurimbla Avenue, Randwick NSW 2031

Live Auction - The auctioneer accepted your live auction bids on priceless experiences including:

The Diamond Event - Auction Prize 1 - John Howard

Live Auction 1 - Lunch with Mr John Howard OM, AC

Dine with Australia’s second longest serving Prime Minister, Mr John Howard. This unique opportunity makes for an impactful client event, staff or board function... or simply an extraordinary affair for friends and family

Value: Priceless
Terms & conditions: For a lunchtime event subject to Mr Howard’s availability and approval on the function style and venue. Prize to be taken in the Sydney metro area by August 2018.

The Diamond Event - Auction Prize 2 - Craggy Range

Live Auction 2 - Craggy Range’s Luxurious Lodge Escape

Indulge in the ultimate food and wine escape at Craggy Range’s luxurious lodge. The Lodge at Craggy Range features four stylishly appointed king bedrooms, each with ensuite, spacious open-plan living and chef's kitchen. The formal living area offers views to Te Mata Peak with dining and sitting areas by an impressive open fire-place. The lodge, set in lush green surroundings, sits high above the Tuki Tuki Valley with generous views from each of the bedrooms.

The package includes a private tour and Prestige Collection tasting with their Chief Winemaker along with a bespoke four course dinner designed and prepared by the Head Chef and perfectly matched with award winning Craggy Range wine. This exclusive dining experience can be enjoyed in either the Lodge or the underground Quarry cellar.  

Valued at $10,000
Terms & conditions: Maximum of 4 couple. To be used within 12 months of auction date. Dates subject to Lodge availability. If Chief Winemaker is unavailable for tour and tasting, guests will be hosted by our Sommelier.

The Diamond Event - Auction Prize 3 Betram Mackennal

Live Auction 3 - Circe, 1893 (Cast 1997-98) by Bertram Mackennal

Generously donated by Menzies Gallery. Artwork available for viewing from August 1st at Menzies Gallery 12 Todman Avenue, Kensington.

Born in Melbourne in 1863, Bertram Mackennal was the most famous Australian sculptor of his day, becoming the first non-British artist to be admitted to London’s prestigious Royal Academy and the first Australian artist to receive a knighthood. Like his French counterpart, Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), Mackennal operated at the juncture of classicism and modernism, combining allegorical subject matter with a deeply sensual approach to the female form.

First cast in 1893, Circe depicts a sorceress of Greek mythology, feared for her ability to transform enemies into wild beasts. Circe assumes a commanding frontal pose, her arms outstretched as if to cast a spell on some unwitting onlooker. As a striking embodiment of the femme fatale (‘fatal woman’), Circe remains one of Mackennal’s most celebrated works.

This resin version of Circe was cast in a limited edition of 100 by the Art Gallery of New South Wales to mark a major retrospective exhibition of Bertram Mackennal in 2007. Works from this edition have been known to fetch as much as $26,000 at auction. 

Edgar Bertram Mackennal Australia, Britain, 1863-1931
Handcast bonded bronze powder and polymer resin edition: 30/100
57 cm height

Valued at $10,000
Terms & conditions: Delivery within Sydney metro area included. 

The Diamond Event - Auction Prize 4 - CEO Cellar

Live Auction 4 - The CEO Cellar

Many of Australia’s most generous and notable leaders have dusted off their favourite drops from deep within their cellars and clubbed together to bring you the 2017 CEO Wine Cellar.

This private and prestigious collection includes more than 50 bottles. Wine lovers will recognize great Aussie labels like Penfolds Grange, Yarra Yering, Cullen’s Diana Madeline 2010 and Glaetzer Dixon’s La Judith Pinot Noir 2013. French and European labels round out the collection, along with some one-of-a-kind finds.

Value: Priceless
Terms & conditions: Delivery within Sydney metro area included.

The Diamond Event - Auction Prize 5 - Women’s Ceremony by Ningura Napurrula

Live Auction 5 - Women’s Ceremony by Ningura Napurrula

Generously donated by Menzies Gallery. Artwork available for viewing from August 1st at Menzies Gallery 12 Todman Avenue, Kensington.

The central themes of Ningura Napurrula’s paintings are the Women’s Ceremonies associated with sacred Rockhole country. The icons depicted throughout this painting represent high rocky outcrops, rockholes, waterholes, travelling signs and women collecting bush raisin at an unspecified sacred site.

In mythological times Ninguras ancestors passed through these sites during their travels towards permanent water sites South of Mt Leibig. These travels and rituals are repeated to this day in ceremony, song, dance, and the collection of associated bush tucker.

Ningura Napurrula Gibson (c1938-2013)
Synthetic polymer paint on linen
180 x 120cm

View the artworks condition report.

Valued at $40,000
Terms & conditions: Delivery within Sydney metro area included. 

The Diamond Event - Live Auction Prize 6 Ellerston Golf

Live Auction 6 - Golf at Ellerston in Scone, NSW

A full day of golf (18 holes) on the beautiful Ellerston Golf Course, Scone. This wonderful opportunity is not available to the general public and simply cannot be valued. The voucher is for 8 players. Golf buggies, morning tea and lunch are provided.

Value: Priceless
Terms & conditions: The offer is valid for 1 year from date of auction and is not transferable.

The Diamond Event - Live Auction Prize 7 - A week at The Gant Aspen

Live Auction 7 - A week at The Gant Aspen

With thanks to our friends at Travelplan, you could win an amazing ski holiday at The Gant, Aspen.

The Gant offers all the comforts of home combined with Aspen, après ski luxury. Located just three blocks from the Silver Queen Gondola, downtown shopping, world class dining, nightlife and cultural attractions, you’ll be ideally placed to take full advantage of this stunning mountain town.

Your stay will include;

  • Seven nights at The Gant Aspen for a family of 4 in a 2 bedroom and 2 bathroom condominium.
  • A six day Aspen Snowmass Lift Pass for 2 adults
  • A six day Aspen Snowmass Lift Pass for 2 child/youth
  • Transfers to/from Aspen Airport to The Gant Aspen

Valued at $9,000
Terms & conditions: Valid for the 2017/18 ski season. Blackout dates include Dec 22-31, 2017, Jan 25-28 & Feb 9-18, 2018. Other blackout periods may apply. Subject to availability.

Raffle - The below items were raffled off at The Diamond Event:

The Diamond Event - Raffle Prize 1 - Bond Street Jewelers

Raffle 1: The Bond Street Jewellers Raffle

The talented family from Bond Street Jewellers have generously come on board as our jewellery partner again in 2017. They have designed a superb five row diamond bracelet set in 18ct White Gold, featuring 290 round brilliant cut diamonds totalling to 6.75cts.

Certified value of $21,050.

The Diamond Event - Raffle Prize 2 - Small Luxury Hotels

Raffle 2: 10 night stay at any Small Luxury Hotel of the world

Enjoy a 10 night stay within our worldwide portfolio of boutique independent hotels. Small Luxury Hotels of the World is an exclusive brand comprising over 500 luxury, independent hotels offering an infinite variety of memorable experiences in more than 80 countries around the world.

Whether you are seeking a blissful spa retreat, the rustic charm of a country villa, a secluded beachside resort, the refined splendour of an old English country house or a sanctuary hidden amid the vibrant atmosphere of a bustling city centre, with SLH you will encounter only the very best. The only difficulty you will face is deciding which of these exquisite hotels to choose. Find inspiration for your next luxury getaway at

Value: Priceless
Terms & conditions: View here.

The success of The Diamond Event is due to the generosity of our patrons and supporters. In 2017, we are indebted to the remarkable kindness of the organisations listed below.

Presenting Partner

Jewellery Partner


Styling Partner


Venue Partner


Diamond Patrons

Platinum Patrons

The Pridham Foundation logo
Tynan Family Logo

Silver Patrons

Battle of Balmoral Biathlon Logo
Fortis Projects logo

Generous Supporters