On the 30th of May, the team at EMPR held their first event for 2015, to raise funds for Starlight. 

Fundraiser Under The Stars‘, was held at the impressive Camden Valley Inn, a beautiful Tudor-Style Hotel surrounded by crisp air, natural flora and fauna – a true country getaway, with just over 200 guests in attendance. It was an absolutely amazing night put together by the team at EMPR and our very generous and supportive business partners, of course we could not have done this without Martin and Vanessa Sinclair from the Camden Valley Inn and their professional staff led by Kayla.

This event was all about bringing the community together to raise funds for a very worthy cause. Starlight is EMPR’s major charity in which we contribute to annually via the City2Surf. We take part in Starlight’s Wishgranting Program which focuses on the emotional needs of a seriously ill child, providing them with an incredible gift of hope during the toughest of times. Starlight Wishes help sick kids and their families dream big and leave the pain of treatment behind. To date, we have raised a total of $123,398 (19 wishes) for Starlight, our target for 5 years of support is $200,000 (30+ wishes). This brings our official goal for 2015 to $76,602. The team at EMPR is very proud to announce that our event, Fundraiser Under The Stars raised a total of $37,500 (which is almost how much we raised in 2013 for the City2Surf alone!). We are very proud of this achievement as we have surpassed our goal, leaving us with a remaining $39,102 to raise via our fundraising efforts with the City2Surf.

Fundraiser Under The Stars was jam packed with exciting activities throughout the night, we kicked off with 4 rounds of Boxing Entertainment put together by the champions at Grange Old School Boxing, along with scrumptious Canapes and Cocktails custom designed by the Camden Valley Inn, a beautiful Starlight Visualisation followed by a very special video message from the Starlight Captains and Erin Molan who all unfortunately could not make the event, a 2 course sit down dinner accompanied by 3 beautiful performances by the musical sensation, Singer and Songwriter Tori Darke, a Q&A with 2 Special Celebrity Guests, Professional Boxer and Star of the Celebrity Apprentice Lauryn Eagle and Aussie Footy Legend, Eric Grothe Jnr, Live Auctions, Silent Auctions & Raffles, with all prizes donated by our Business Partners and local businesses from the Camden / MacArthur area, looking to support the cause and give back to the community.

The event was a huge success where we exceeded our goal by $12,500, we cannot thank all of our guests and sponsors enough for their support, without each and everyone of you, this would not have been possible.

The team at EMPR would like to share a very special thank you to all of our Major Event and Prize Sponsors for the night:

Anthony Redward – Grange Old School Boxing

Helen Adam – FoodDrink

Anton and Michelle Cruze

Mark Scarce – Camden Hire

Michael Brown – NSW Harness Racing Club

Jamie and Debbie Cummings – Startrack 

Helen Saunders –  Sydney Roosters 

Luke Magee – Chill IT 

John Mainwaring – South West New Homes

Gary Thomson – Able Doors

Jack Petersen – InVista Audio Visual

Marilyne Estephan – Splendour Interiors

Martin and Vanessa Sinclair – Camden Valley Inn

Jamie and Debbie Cummings – Startrack 

Megan Hughes – Meege Louise Handcrafted Jewellery

Cindy Fenech – Punch Equipment 

Warren Turnell – Couriers Please

Benjamin and Daniela Ryan – Benjamin Ryan Jewellery

Micheal Elms – Hewlett-Packard

Greg Copeland – Combined Real Estate

Bill Shew – Whitehawk Advisors 

Ben Holmes and Tracey Del Vecchio – EMPR Group

Chris and Pip Russell – EMPR Group

A special mention to Anthony Redward and his Grange Fight Team, Travis, Nick, Ronan, Jake and Brad who marveled everyone with their skill and athleticism. Anthony and his team from Grange Old School Boxing are always the first to put up their hands for the benefit of charity.

Another big thank you to our special guests Tori Darke, Lauryn Eagle, Eric Grothe Jnr and Nathan Reedy, thank you to Terry Pout from MAC DJ’s Entertainment for being our DJ and Audio Visual Coordinator for the night, Mick Pedavoli from Dynamite Entertainment for being our MC, Scott Mills from Scott Mills Photography for taking the professional photos on the night, Trevor and Susan Robinson from the Strictly Limited Company for setting up a secondary Silent Auction table around the boxing ring for our guests, Robyn Parras and her promotional girls from Rock the Block, Sarah Cleaton from Sarah Jay & Co for the Open Air Photobooth Set Up and last but not least, Greg Copeland for being our Live Auctioneer and for helping us deliver such a phenomenal amount of money raised for Starlight.

If you would like to get involved with our next event for Starlight, please contact the EMPR Group Marketing Manager Fiona at Fiona.Fong@emprgroup.com. You can also support us by making a donation to our fundraising page: http://city2surf2015.everydayhero.com/au/team-empr

Here are the photos from Fundraiser Under The Stars, Enjoy!