Off the Menu 2018 the Greatest Show yet!
PT Barnum said: “There is no greater picture than that of smiling children. No brighter music than their clear-ringing laughter. That I, with my small amusements, have created such precious art is my life’s proudest achievement.” This is the essence of Off the Menu, making a difference to children and families impacted by cancer.
On the 6th July, Camp Quality’s 3rd Off the Menu gala dinner lit up Showtime, South Wharf – an event founded by Camp Quality Ambassador and chef extraordinaire Matthew Butcher.
250 guests arrived in anticipation of the theme – The Greatest Show – and that is was! Guests were welcomed with usher trays full of boxes of popcorn while thoroughly entertained by strongmen, fire breathers, jugglers and vintage showgirls. The wonderful Alinta and the Jazz Emperors continued to set the theme, opening the night with an incredible performance from the Greatest Showman soundtrack. Guests were later treated to a stand out performance by up and coming star Thandi Phoenix. We welcomed back our wonderful ringmaster and master of ceremonies Shura Taft who took to the stage and kept guests laughing and on their toes all night long.
Matthew Butcher enlisted the culinary skills of top chefs across Melbourne and South Australia, who all generously donated their time, staff and produce to create a unique 5 course menu beautifully paired with Penfolds wine. We were privileged this year to have Scott Huggins of Magill Estate Penfolds, Shaun Quade of Lume, Victor Liong of Lee Ho Fook and Simon Tarlington of Highline.
The night was made all the more special by two courageous mums who on behalf of Camp Quality shared their experience of finding out their sons had cancer and the friendship that grew between them through their experience. Brooke Macarthur and Melissa Zerafa inspired guests to dig deep and help us ensure that every child impacted by cancer has every opportunity to thrive.
We were excited to announce the new partnership between Off the Menu and Melbourne United. Chris Goulding, star player of Melbourne United was there on the night to hand over $20,000 in support of Off the Menu 2018 and Camp Quality.
Off the Menu is only made possible thanks to their generosity of everyone involved. With a special mention and thank you to Matthew Butcher and his team, we also thank all of our sponsors, partners, guests and volunteers: together we raised an outstanding $187,000.
Plans are already underway for our 2019 Off the Menu! We look forward to setting the date and inviting you to join what is an experience of a lifetime and an opportunity to make an impact on kids and families.
Click here for some of this year’s Off the Menu highlights.
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