KTF Mothers Day Lunch


20th Anniversary!

It is hard to believe that the Annual KTF Mothers’ Day Lunch was 20 years old last month! Where have those years gone????


The Ballroom at the RACV Club Melbourne looked stunning. Once again, thanks to the incredible generosity of Louise Higgins and support from Kate Hill Flowers  and Function Accessories, the emerald green &white décor (colours for 20th Anniversary) and superb white cyclamen centerpieces made for a truly striking and elegant picture.


Special Guest Speaker, Dominic Bonadio, restaurateur & chef & raconteur, had all 320 ladies totally enthralled as he spoke of his family’s arrival in Australia from Italy, his childhood experiences with food, his first foray into hospitality, the restaurants where he has worked, the restaurants he has owned, the famous people he has met, his invitation to cook in Umbria and the resultant Umbrian themed nights at Il Duca…… which point, Lino, “singing waiter” and long time friend of Dom appeared and wowed the ladies with his fabulous, fun operatic performance. Dom & Lino, you were just AWESOME! Il Duca will certainly be even busier in coming weeks!


And, this year, the Gift Bags for all the ladies contained the most “goodies” ever.  Included in each was SJP “Lovely” perfume & OPI nail polish & nail polish remover wipes & black kohl eye pencil & black mascara & blue velour towel all from Chemist Warehouse, Violet Priscilla and Amandarine jewellery, Echinacea from Swisse, Craisins from Ocean Spray, brown rice crackers from Eatrite, 50 tea bag packs from Dilmah, cans of mineral water from Perrier & San Pellegrino, chocolates from Jane Anderson and vouchers from Studio PP, Betty McDowell Lingerie and Endota Spa Bourke St. Sincerest of thanks to all these wonderful donors…. certainly responsible for 320 very happy ladies!


The success of the day too was in no small way thanks to the many donors of the fabulous Raffle Prizes and Silent Auction items, namely Abbe Corrugated Cardboard Packaging (Julie O’Sullivan), B&C Magnetic Marketing, Betty McDowell Lingerie, 230 Boutique (Susanne Hoppe), Catherine Austin, CQS, Danny Lee Designs, Elena O’Brien, Gianna Trovato, Il Duca Ristorante, Jane Anderson, Joan Cubbin, Jody Costantino, Louise Higgins, Maree Collins, Maxwell & Williams, RACV Club, Rhonda Thatcher, Robin Rivett Millinery, Studio PP, Style on Style and Yarra Trail (Anthea Phelps). And, the fantastic bottles of wine from the very generous Catherine & Brian Austin were winners as table prizes.


The Raffle, together with donations for the stylish floral centrepieces plus money raised from the sale of the Silent Auction items and the sale of items from Nowlan Fashion Agency’s Accessories stall contributed to the day being a sure winner for KTF.


With funds raised going towards KTF programs for underprivileged kids, the “KTF Story” video was shown on the day, highlighting the past, present & future of KTF and the work done to help raise the self esteem & self confidence of  the disadvantaged kids involved in the many KTF programs.


Special thanks to Jeanine Hickey and Stacy Smith and all at Tomorrow Agency for their generosity with the fabulous “20th Anniversary” design & production of the invitation and the printing of the programme and to Complete Colour Printing for the printing of the invitation.


Once again, the incredible contribution and the tireless work of the KTF Social Committee girls ensured the day was a huge success. Jane Anderson, Jody Costantino, Joan Cubbin (NSW), Louise Higgins, Lesley McNamee, Judy Norton, Mandy Nowlan, Sarah Nowlan, Elena O’Brien, Julie O’Sullivan and Gianna Trovato are just so loyal, committed and……great fun and also dear friends. Thanks to Isabella Cowan & Pam Saxon for lending a hand too.

Thanks so much gorgeous gals!


To photographer, Cathy O’Reilly, thanks again for your wonderful work.and sincere thanks to Emily & the staff at RACV Club for helping to make this day a great success.


Don’t forget to put in your diary the date for next year’s lunch…..MONDAY 7 MAY 2018 (always the Monday before Mothers’ Day). 

Event Date - 5 Aug 2017 To 5 Aug 2017