BGF Auction raises $63,000
SYDNEY: The annual Bobby Goldsmith Foundation (BGF) Auction raised $63,000 following a function at Woolloomooloo last week.
BGF president Martin Walsh said the fundraiser held at Otto Ristorante on Wednesday, April 18, equalled last year’s event for money raised and would ensure people living with HIV continue to receive practical, emotional and financial support.
“Thanks to the generosity of all our event partners, including principal partner, Otto Ristorante, money raised through the BGF Auctions goes towards BGF’s client services programs,” Walsh said.
Guests at the event also heard from new BGF CEO, David Riddell (pictured), in his first official event in the role.
“All of us here are not just standing on the shoulders of giants. It’s our turn to be the giants, to help others see further and to keep the work, the spirit and the response alive,” Riddell said on the night.
“Your support is so critical to the work we did yesterday, to the work we do today and the work we have to do tomorrow.”
A range of luxury experiences and one-off items were bid for on the night, including an opportunity to have dinner with both Health Minister Tanya Plibersek and Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
The rare opportunity of the ministerial dinner lived up to its headline billing, with the prize being auctioned off following a five-figure winning bid.
Photo: BGF CEO David Riddell with Brynne Edelsten (Robert Knapman)