The biennial Melbourne Dinner was held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday 2nd March 2018. A sold out crowd enjoyed canapés and drinks in the Long Room before dining and being entertained in the MCG’s Members’ Dining Room. Chairman of the SAS Resources Fund, Mr Greg Solomon spoke about the Fund and speeches by Senator the Honourable Marise Payne (Minister for Defence) and Sally, the wife of a long serving SAS Regiment member, brought poignancy and greater depth to the evening.
These speeches were followed by a terrific and highly entertaining sporting panel. The panel consisted of Olympic gold medalists Natalie Cook and Drew Ginn along with AFL legends David Parkin, John Worsfold and Neil Balme. The panel was hosted by Dermott Brereton.
Guest enjoyed participating in a champagne sweep, silent auction and live auction (led by auctioneer Mr Jonathon Dixon). Many thanks to the fantastic Australian Army Band Melbourne, led by MAJ Steve Cottier who provided the music for the evening.
Thank you to the SAS Resources Fund Dinner Committee, led by the Hon Chris Ellison, for all their hard work in putting together such a fabulous evening. Special mention to Mr Geoff Baldwin, the MC for the night. Our sincere thanks to all the attendees, supporters and sponsors at the dinner who made the night the great success it was.