Fancy a dinner with Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness, at Lindsay and Paula Fox’s Toorak mansion?
After a bidding war, one mystery man paid $50,000 for the opportunity at the Fight Cancer Foundation’s Red Ball on Saturday night at the Grand Hyatt.
The amazing dinner — with Jackman hopefully providing some show tunes — will be catered by Peter Rowland with selected wines from the Fox family’s cellar.
The power of Jackman and Furness to fundraise was on show at the Red Ball, and they can pull a crowd.
In a couple of minutes, Jackman raised $100,000 with 10 tables paying $10,000 each for some tickets and a private meeting with the superstar at his upcoming stage show.
Furness’s mother, Fay Duncan, who started the Red Ball and couldn’t be there because of ill health, was in everyone’s thoughts.
Foxtel boss Brian Walsh summed up the night by paying tribute to Duncan, who was keeping up to date with what was happening on the night through her iPad.
“Fay is one of the most incredible people I have met,” he said.
“She is a real inspiration, generous and kind, driven and dedicated, warm, compassionate, complete.”
Jackman wowed the crowd with a performance of One Night Only with the Dreamgirls cast, having a slow dance with his wife before hitting the stage.
The room was full of high-powered Melbourne figures, including Paul Dainty, Ann Peacock, Heloise Waislitz, Alyce Platt, Alan Fletcher, Jennifer Hansen, Gina Riley and Jane Turner.