Royal Queensbury Corporate Challenge 2012
Elizabeth Hall. Photo: Matthew Tompsett
Big time businessmen and every Perth beauty queen flocked to the Burswood Grand Ballroom on Friday for a night of fundraising and face plants all in the name of charity.
The annual Royal Queensbury Corporate Challenge – the brainchild of Troy Barbagallo and his wife Sophia – saw 10 of Perth's top white collar movers and shakers, move it and shake in the ring.
Reigning Miss Universe Australia Scherri-Lee Biggs was back in town and sitting pretty ringside in a barely-there Ruth Tarvydas gown as she cheered on her fellow pageant pal Steph "The Good Wife" Whife and friend Bernard "The Iron Man" O'Rourkes, who arrived via harness from the roof and then knocked out his opponent Paul "Abra-ca" Tavra in under a minute with one swift hook and lightening-quick jab.
The live auction sparked some interest with big talker Barbagallo grabbing the microphone encouraging his mates to dig deep into their designer pockets to raise funds for his charitable trust ToyBox.
"The lights are up, I can see who you are and where you are," he bellowed.
An ultimate boy's trip to Las Vegas for a private dinner with Mike Tyson and one-on-one boxing sessions with Jeff Fenech sold for $31,000 and had the high flyers waving their Black AMEX in the air like revellers charging their pre-mix beverages at a music festival.
Barbagallo hoped to raise $120,000 for the cause which works with the Telethon Institute, Princess Margaret Hospital and the Centre for Cerebral Palsy.
While the after party continued on at Eve nightclub, victorious boxer and ex-Miss Universe finalist Kim "The Hoff" Eckhof celebrated with a $600 Nobu dinner, while lawyer Aimee "Legally Blonde" Jones, who received the Spirit of the Event belt, suffered a dance floor injury and dislocated her knee.
SPOTTED: Event organiser Troy and Sophia Barbagallo, man about town Adam Zorzi, Miss Universe Australia Scherri-Lee Biggs, socialite Rhonda Wyllie, cricketing great Geoff Marsh, Mark Nicoski of the West Coast Eagles who was there supporting his partner, ex-Miss Universe finalist-turned-boxing-coach Renae Wauhop.
SIPPED: The G.H. Mumm flowed freely and fast around the $4400 ringside VIP tables while others quaffed Morgan's Bay Cabernet Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc.
SNACKED ON: Smoked salmon on a bed of baked potato, seared duck and the obligatory chicken or beef.
SO GOOD: Some fighters had better introductory scenes than the line up at last year's Cannes Film Festival. Re-enactments of Anchorman, Baywatch and Iron Man all made an appearance and thankfully the bouts which followed were just as entertaining.
SO NOT: The dancers who were apart of said introductions should have rehearsed. Boxer Tom "The Head Hunter" Hunter was almost taken out before he got in the ring by a rogue high kick.
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