Beautiful view from Bondi Icebergs - ocean pool and Pacific Ocean

Soirée by the Sea a Sparkling Success

26 May 2023

More than 200 people attended the Institute’s revamped signature fundraising event Soirée by the Sea.

Held at its new home – Icebergs Dining Room and Bar – guests were treated to beautiful cocktails and canapes on a perfect autumn’s day overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

With your overwhelming generosity and support, we raised more than $100,000 for the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute.

Dr Tom Meredith speaking at the event

Funds raised from an incredible raffle and auction will help our scientists forge ahead with a new heart attack drug derived from deadly spider venom and a promising treatment to prevent some heart defects in babies.

Our special thanks go to the Institute’s Dr Tom Meredith who reminded the crowd that cardiovascular disease affects us all by taking the lives of one in four Australians but that a better future was ahead.

Saturday’s sun-filled Soirée would not have been the same without the brilliant team at Icebergs who went above and beyond to look after all our wonderful guests and our stellar team of volunteers. The canapes and cocktails were utterly delicious and the Martini bar a huge hit.

The Institute’s Young Appeals Committee, including Jonathan Henry (Chair), James Camilleri, Daniela Elser and Marcus Chang is to be praised for securing the new location, all the amazing prizes and the very generous sponsors.

Members of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute Young Appeals Committee

We also want to have a big shout to DJ Alice Quiddington who manned the decks all afternoon long and got the party started, and to Dane Wheeler who hosted the auction and raffle.

A big thank you to everyone who sponsored the event and donated so many wonderful prizes:

MediSpa by Matty and Kristin Fisher Eyebrows - AUTOREMODA - Candi Beach Resort, Bali - Sydney Sea Planes and Catalina - Four Seasons Bangkok - Moss Manor - Michael Lo Sordo - Camilla - Sydney Restaurant Group - East Side Bar & Grill + Kensington St - Susan Avery Flowers - Venroy - Diageo - Veuve Clicquot

Acknowledgement of Country

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute acknowledges Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders past and present.

Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute - The Home of Heart Research for 30 Years