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The inaugural Wares Long Lunch was a great success – thank you to our 150-odd guests and event sponsors and to our hosts at beautiful Mantells on the Water.
As well as offering a prime networking opportunity, the Wares Long Lunch was held in support of a highly worthwhile charity – the Child Cancer Foundation (www.childcancer.org.nz) – with silent and live auctions on-site bringing in more than $15,000.
Auction items included a helicopter ride for four people to Waiheke for a VIP dining experience at Tantalus, two nights’ accommodation for six in an idyllic kiwi beachfront bach and a Kauri Bay Boomrock experience for five people!
Some fantastic goods also went under the hammer including whiteware packages, high-end audio products and a variety of aspirational floor care and kitchen products, thanks to our 2019 sponsors:
Thanks too for their help with all the collateral:
As well as being entertained and organised by MC Scotty “Sumo” Stevenson, attendees also had the chance to hear from and interact with former All Blacks Josh Kronfeld, Bernie McCahill, Olo Brown and Alan Whetton and thanks to them for being so generous with their time!
Funds raised at the Wares Long Lunch finally just exceeded and Chris Key of the Child Cancer Foundation says: “A very big thank you to the Marketplace Media team who ran an amazing event – one of the best I have attended.
“The funds raised will go to the Child Cancer Wellness packs which are designed to alleviate some of the stress that comes with being told your child has cancer and allowing parents to concentrate on the only thing that matters – their very sick child.
“A big thank you also to the All Blacks that attended – Alan, Olo, Josh and Bernie – and of course Scotty Stevenson, who did a fantastic job as MC and auctioneer.
“A big thank you too to all the sponsors of the event because, without their generosity and support, the Child Cancer Foundation couldn’t do what we do, which is help Kiwi kids fight their battle against cancer!”
We also celebrated Ted Holland – “one of nature’s gentlemen” – as the latest inductee into the New Zealand Appliance & Electronics Industry Hall of Fame.
As we said in the very first of “Where are they now?” series back in 2009, Ted is “one of the most loved and highly respected blokes to grace our industry”.
In his quiet, dignified way, Ted was a true mover & shaker as Group Manager of the Fapay Purchasing Group (pre-cursor to Appliance Connexion), having commenced his career 38 years previously with the Wanganui Rangitikei Electric Power Board.
Feedback post-event has been 99% positive in terms of the idea, the venue, the fact that it was a lunch not a dinner (really the only point of division) and it was about giving rather then receiving.
All in all, we’re happy to have sparked off a do-good event that did good and, who knows, we may even repeat the event next year.
Let us know if you’re up for it…
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