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Over $33,000 raised at annual ’Steak and Shiraz’ Showdown Luncheon

Last Friday, we held our annual Showdown Luncheon at the National Wine Centre.

It’s no secret that we love our sport at Little Heroes Foundation, and our Showdown Luncheon gives us the opportunity to celebrate one of South Australia’s most bitter sporting rivalries.

We would like to thank all who attended the event, particularly those who took the time out of their busy schedules to entertain our guests! Thanks to your generosity, we raised over $33,000!

Kicking off the day in style was our good friend Timmy Ginever, who entertained the crowd with some stand up comedy, which included some funny anecdotes from his childhood and his time at Port Adelaide.

Triple M’s Chris Dittmar was also on board, lending his talents as MC for the day and he did a fantastic job.

Joining him on stage were Adelaide’s (and our ambassador!) Nathan van Berlo and Port Adelaide’s Tom Clurey, who gave us the final word on how the teams were traveling ahead of Showdown XL.

Adelaide’s Opposition Strategy and Game Analysis Manager Rob Harding was next, providing a special and detailed insight into the way AFL teams prepare themselves and manage their game plans every week. His speech even included a unique Q&A opportunity for our guests!

Our Major Auction was next, with Greg Moulton of Harris Real Estate returning as auctioneer for the day, as we offered guests the chance to take home some unique sporting memorabilia.

The prizes included a signed Stage of Origin Guernsey, a Darren Lehmann signed Pink Cricket ball, and one of a kind Port and Crows surfboards, signed by the 2016 teams (and Tony Modra for good measure!)

Finally, our chairman Chris McDermott was able to provide an update on our ‘Centre for Robotics and Innovation’ at Adelaide’s Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

With some of the equipment now in, our guests were able to see a sneak peek inside the Centre, including footage of our CEO Sean Connors testing out the Armeo Spring and Chris trying out the Lokomat Pro walking aid.

As the day wrapped up, guests who purchased a bag on our Wine Wall were able to collect and see if they were the lucky winner of the $600 Penfolds Grange hidden in one of the bags. The lucky winner is pictured in our gallery!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped make this event possible including Chris Dittmar, Nathan van Berlo, Tom Clurey, Rob Harding, Tim Ginever and Adelaide-based musician Ash Gale for entertaining our 250 guests!

And of course, to our sponsors: