Young Garvan comes of age - Viva Las Vegas @ Ruby Rabbit

Young Garvan comes of age - Viva Las Vegas @ Ruby Rabbit

Young Garvan Comes of Age - Viva Las Vegas @ Ruby Rabbit by Greg Tingle

231 Oxford St, Darlinghurst
(02) 9326 0044
Nightclub, Cocktail/Wine Bar, Live Music Venue

It was one of those magical nights that will never quite be duplicated.

The Young Garvan, motivated professionals who support the Garvan Institute's medical research, recently held their highly anticipated 'Viva Las Vegas' fundraising party at Ruby Rabbit.

The event was elitist (but not pretentious), as Sydney's super A-List was there (name dropping is not encouraged in and around Garvan and Ruby Rabbit).

My invitation came at the 11th hour via offspring of one of Australia's most successful media power brokers. Needless to say, I didn't decline the invite.

I hold the RR in high regard, having last attended De Nom to welcome home Miss Asia Pacific - Miss World Australia, Sabrina Houssami (whist participating in the "no photo" ban lifting!).

Back to this party, the Vegas theme was in full flight with ladies and gents dressed to the nines, Black Jack, Poker and a Big Wheel, and complimentary chips provided! There were goddesses a plenty and a generous variety of drinks on the house for the majority of the evening, many of which were served by the impressive and flamboyant, Steven Lyon.

Ok, with one name drop comes another… the live entertainment was provided by Mahalia Barnes (with a voice equal to her talented father), with back up vocals from Juanita Tippins and Yana Boston on drums.

The paparazzi was also "invitation only" (many got knocked back), and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to have a photo with Mahalia and her band. Rob Bryson-Richardson was quick to snap, whilst being friendly, non obtrusive and respectful of everyone's privacy.

For the uninitiated, the Garvan Institute is home to many of Australia's top medical researchers. It's fair to say that they are modern day Einstein's, but what impressed me the most is that they made me feel at home (despite my non - uni background).

For the record almost $13 000 was raised on the night and a great time was had by all.

This event proves that the Young Garvan has come of age (as has the Ruby Rabbit), and that the bar has once again been raised in the battle for Sydney's philanthropic and entertainment dollar.

Young Garvan has once again cemented Ruby Rabbit's reputation as the place to be. Viva!


Garvan Institute

Ruby Rabbit


Garvan Institute

Ruby Rabbit

Las Vegas