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Fundraising Lunch Goes Down a Treat

Fundraising Lunch Goes Down a Treat

Brendon Meppem,
Crowne Plaza Auckland General Manager stands proudly with
his newly acquired autographed Wallabies rugby jersey
alongside comedian Te Radar. Credit: Diana Sanders
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Brendon Meppem, Crowne Plaza Auckland General Manager stands proudly with his newly acquired autographed Wallabies rugby jersey alongside comedian Te Radar. Credit: Diana Sanders Photography


Fundraising Lunch Goes Down a Treat

Auckland, 6 December 2008 – Crowne Plaza Auckland recently showed off its finesse and fine food while at the same time backing a fundraising launch for the Salvation Army.

The hotel joined a group of sponsors, including Toyota Finance, HRG and Trans-Tasman Business Circle, to help launch the Salvation Army’s annual Christmas appeal.

More than 250 guests attended the lunch event, held in the Crowne Plaza Auckland’s ballroom. Guest speaker of the day was Australian rugby legend Nick Farr-Jones and MC was comedian ‘Te Radar’.

“The Salvation Army does a lot of valuable work for the community and in these tough economic times their work comes even more to the fore,” says Brendon Meppem, Crowne Plaza Auckland General Manager. “The least we could do was offer our venue and culinary fare free of charge to help launch the fundraising appeal.”

This is the first year Crowne Plaza has been involved in the fundraising lunch and hopefully it will become a permanent fixture on the calendar.

“Poverty and hardship is something affects a large part of the community at different times and Crowne Plaza sees this lunch as an opportunity to offer some help to those in need, especially approaching Christmas,” Mr Meppem says.

In fact Mr Meppem got right into the fundraising spirit successfully bidding for an Australian Wallabies rugby jersey, signed by the 2008 Wallabies.

A range of rugby memorabilia and books was auctioned at the lunch to kick start the Christmas fundraising appeal.

With 10 meeting rooms over 3 floors – a versatile 14 configurations with 4 of them offering natural light – plus a ballroom catering for up to 500 people Crowne Plaza Auckland is a popular conference and event venue.

The positioning of Crowne Plaza Auckland’s function spaces enables delegates to move seamlessly between rooms for greater conferencing efficiencies. The Aria restaurant and bar is also conveniently located on the ground floor of the hotel with ample and easy access from all function spaces.



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