Words: Brooke Hansen Quinn. Photos: Bulgari.
On 8 May SWL Member Christina Quinn opened her home to Queensland members, their guests and select Bulgari clients for a Sparkling Cocktail Evening, sponsored by Bulgari. Guests were guided by Member Amanda Tetley and Queensland Partnership Adviser, Founding Member Danni Murray to be transported from the Sanctuary Cove Marina by a little vintage ferry to an Italian Riviera destination, created by Bulgari at Christina’s waterfront residence. A beautifully lit garden, filled with generous floral arrangements, cafe style seating, on the lawn, a violinist playing Italian compositions were among the delights that awaited. Waiters in sherbet orange silk dinner jackets served the Bulgari favoured champagne whilst a generous grazing table overflowing with Italian antipasti was enjoyed by all.
Christina warmly welcomed guests into her home and invited us to view her private collection of Bulgari Jewels that had been beautifully displayed in a pop-up showroom. In another part of the house a second pop-up showroom displayed the gorgeous new Bulgari collections.
We were delighted to be able to welcome Interstate members Pamela Robertson-Gregg, Danni Murray and Anita Pahor who travelled to support us.
The Managing Director of Bulgari in Australia, Brad Harvey opened the official part of the evening by speaking of the relationship forming between SWL and Bulgari and the passion Bulgari has for its chosen philanthropic causes. Brad explained how delighted he and Bulgari are to partner with the strategic philanthropists that make up the Australian Red Cross Society of Women Leaders giving circle. Brad and Bulgari generously offered guests the opportunity of donating through a purchase of jewellery, whereby Bulgari would donate five percent of sales to guests of that event on the night and for the remainder of May.
Christina Quinn gave a sincere and warm welcome to guests. SWL Chair and Founding Member Anita Pahor addressed the gathering to speak of our raison d’être and mission. Kym Blechynden, Red Cross Aid Worker, generously gave of her time to attend and speak to us of her incredible experiences in the field. Kym gave a compelling address, speaking of the importance of fund raising and how her work is directly facilitated by the generosity and advocacy of the Society of Women Leaders. Silence filled the air as Kym shared stories from the field and we were humbled by the knowledge that our funds made her work possible and her tenacity made our humanitarian efforts come to life.
Two purchases of jewellery were made that evening and some guests indicated their desire to become members of our circle of giving. This means that more lives will be impacted as our humanitarian endeavours expand.
I am absolutely so proud and delighted to be able to report on another successful event for the Society of Women Leaders and the Queensland chapter.