Held in the Adelaide Oval’s Magarey Room, this year’s event attracted 615 people – more than 100 more than the previous year – and raised $190,000 on the day.
It was attended by business leaders from throughout South Australia, including Premier Steven Marshall, Adelaide Mayor Martin Haese and Adelaide MP and Minister for Child Protection, Rachel Sanderson.
Opening the lunch, Premier Marshall commended Hutt St Centre’s amazing work with people experiencing homelessness over the past 64 years and said he was proud to publicly support the centre.
In recent months Hutt St Centre has been in the news as critics claim its clients have been responsible for an unsubstantiated increase in violence in the south-east corner of the city. SA Police Superintendent Craig Wall has assured people that Hutt St continues to be a “safe place to live and work, and do business” and reinforced that statistics indicate there hasn’t been an increase in violence in the area.
Hutt St Centre chairman Phil Donato said the lunch was a wonderful way to celebrate the centre’s work in the community.
“Those at the lunch were all aware of what has been said in recent months and they took the opportunity to show their support for the centre,” he said.
Guest presenters at the lunch were media personalities Dennis Cometti and Bruce McAvaney, who is a patron of Hutt St Centre. They spoke about their work as two of Australia’s leading sports journalists, sharing plenty of stories to keep the large crowd entertained.
Hutt St Centre’s next fundraiser is its Winter Appeal and the highly successful Walk a Mile in My Boots event will be held on August 10.