Movers and shakers dig deep for charity

In a collision of culinary indulgence, fashion, entertainment and fundraising, 110 of WA's most influential A-listers and corporate heavyweights dug deep over the weekend at The Rob Broadfield Dinner for a record contribution of $350,000 for Telethon.

Held at Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa, the $2500-a-head, 48-hour event presented by Hawaiian and _The West Australian _kicked off on a private flight to Broome where champagne-drenched events awaited guests including Bronte and Colleen Howson, Dale and Jan Alcock, Ben and Gina Lisle and John and Georgina Worsfold.

Celebrity chef Neil Perry and his team from Spice Temple created a contemporary Chinese menu for the signature dinner on Saturday that wowed the crowd.

Businessman Rick Hart and Telethon general manager Steve Mummery auctioned luxury items.

"I don't get out of bed for less than $10,000," Perry said, setting the mark on what to bid for him to cook at a private dinner for 10. It was snapped up for a cool $40,000 by Nigel Satterley's table.

With an upcoming wedding for one of their three daughters, Mel and Julia Ashton took advantage of a $20,000 couture styling package in Sydney with designer Johanna Johnson. Governor Malcolm McCusker and wife Tonya's philanthropy was also at the fore again with an extremely generous bid of more than $30,000 for two Telethon family holidays at Cable Beach Club.

On a lighter note, Rob MacGregor donated $4000 just for Broadfield to keep his clothes on.

The West Australian

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