On the evening of Wednesday 23 August, the Cromwell Property Group Foundation held its inaugural fundraiser dinner dedicated to raising funds and awareness for the Foundation.
The location for the event was truly unique, taking place six metres underground in the Spring Hill Reservoir. Originally built to provide Brisbane’s supply of drinking water and in use until 1962, the heritage listed space provided guests with an evening unlike any other.
The event commenced with drinks and canapes, accompanied by a violinist under the stars next to the Old Windmill Tower above the Reservoir, which is the oldest surviving building in Queensland.
Guests were then led down in to the Reservoir chambers, where they enjoyed a three-course meal and exclusive entertainment by the Underground Opera group. The Underground Opera performed pieces from classic Broadway musicals such as West Side Story, Phantom of the Opera and Cats. The acoustics provided by the unique location were breathtaking, resulting in a wonderful evening for all attendees.
During the evening, Cromwell’s Chief Executive Officer and Foundation board member, Mr Paul Weightman, addressed attendees on behalf of the Foundation, and invited guests to pledge their support to its charitable endeavours.
“We are so proud to have raised such a significant amount through our first fundraising event dedicated to the Foundation. It is truly heart-warming to see such a diverse group of individuals from various organisations come together to help raise funds for the Foundation’s chosen beneficiaries,” said Mr Weightman.
“The Foundation is committed to supporting charities that don’t receive a lot of recognition or spotlight and we are determined to build upon our support through similar events in future.”
The Foundation was established by Cromwell in 2014 and is dedicated to supporting organisations that conduct research into, or provide support to, causes relevant to the mature aged community. Donations made by the Foundation are directed to specific projects with measurable outcomes where every dollar raised makes a difference.
One such beneficiary over the last three years has been the Australian Liver Foundation, and representative, Dr Richard Skoien, spoke to guests about the positive impact the Foundation donations has had for their research programmes.
The donations pledged throughout the event culminated in over $50,000 being raised, which will go towards the Foundation's chosen beneficiaries for 2017.
Donations to the Cromwell Foundation of more than $2 are tax deductible. To donate, request a grant or seek more information, visit www.cromwellfoundation.org.au.
Originally published in Insight Spring 2017.