More than 100 people attended the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation’s (BGF) fifth annual fundraising auction at Woolloomooloo’s Otto Ristorante restaurant on Wednesday, raising $64,000 for the organisation.

Hosted by BGF patron Todd McKenney, attendees included the Member for Wentworth, Malcolm Turnbull, his wife and former Sydney mayor Lucy Turnbull, federal Sydney MP Tanya Plibersek, and Jodie Matthews from the MAC AIDS Fund’s New Zealand division.

Outgoing BGF CEO Bev Lange and her replacement, Denise Aldous, were also in attendance.

BGF President Martin Walsh said the event was a huge success.

Through the generosity and support of Otto Ristorante providing their outstanding venue and canapés, along with wine sponsors, Wild Rock Wines, we are able to ensure that 100 percent of the ticket price and auction proceeds goes directly to those who need it – our clients,” Walsh said.

BGF relies on donations from sponsors like Otto Ristorante and Wild Rock Wines and individuals like those who attended the event. Without this support we would be unable to offer our clients the range of services and support they need.”

Some of the items auctioned on the night were holidays in New Zealand and Plunket, a Tony Bilson culinary experience and aboriginal art from artists including Emily Pwerle and Gordon Syron.

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