Fun and fashion at Melbourne Cup Day fundraiser

Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute fundraising Melbourne Cup lunch at Ballarat Trotting Club - Lee Squire
Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute fundraising Melbourne Cup lunch at Ballarat Trotting Club - Lee Squire
Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute fundraising Melbourne Cup lunch at Ballarat Trotting Club - Michelle Ricciardi

Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute fundraising Melbourne Cup lunch at Ballarat Trotting Club - Michelle Ricciardi

Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute fundraising Melbourne Cup lunch at Ballarat Trotting Club - Ainsworth Dillon

Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute fundraising Melbourne Cup lunch at Ballarat Trotting Club - Ainsworth Dillon

Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute fundraising Melbourne Cup lunch at Ballarat Trotting Club L-R - Janine Dodds, Clare Schreenan, Kirrily Parry. - Guest judges for the fashions.

Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute fundraising Melbourne Cup lunch at Ballarat Trotting Club L-R - Janine Dodds, Clare Schreenan, Kirrily Parry. - Guest judges for the fashions.

Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute fundraising Melbourne Cup lunch at Ballarat Trotting Club - Reda Moutawakkil (Best dressed male)

Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute fundraising Melbourne Cup lunch at Ballarat Trotting Club - Reda Moutawakkil (Best dressed male)

Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute fundraising Melbourne Cup lunch at Ballarat Trotting Club - Zoe Dwyer

Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute fundraising Melbourne Cup lunch at Ballarat Trotting Club - Zoe Dwyer

Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute fundraising Melbourne Cup lunch at Ballarat Trotting Club - Jan Williams - winner lady of the day, couldn't believe herself on hearing she was the winner.

Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute fundraising Melbourne Cup lunch at Ballarat Trotting Club - Jan Williams - winner lady of the day, couldn't believe herself on hearing she was the winner.

Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute fundraising Melbourne Cup lunch at Ballarat Trotting Club Finalists awaiting the final judging - Michelle Harris

Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute fundraising Melbourne Cup lunch at Ballarat Trotting Club Finalists awaiting the final judging - Michelle Harris

Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute fundraising Melbourne Cup lunch at Ballarat Trotting Club - Finalists awaiting the final judging

Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute fundraising Melbourne Cup lunch at Ballarat Trotting Club - Finalists awaiting the final judging

Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute fundraising Melbourne Cup lunch at Ballarat Trotting Club - Julia Zass

Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute fundraising Melbourne Cup lunch at Ballarat Trotting Club - Julia Zass

Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute fundraising Melbourne Cup lunch at Ballarat Trotting Club - Reda Moutawakkil, Jacky Williams

Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute fundraising Melbourne Cup lunch at Ballarat Trotting Club - Reda Moutawakkil, Jacky Williams

THE stallions and fillies were quick through the gates yesterday, dressed in an array of bold colours to support the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute.

More than 250 guests were found sipping champagne or giggling in the photo booth at the Ballarat and District Trotting Club for the Melbourne Cup luncheon.

Author Julie Stafford spoke at the event, while Alistair Morrison had bidders dancing around the room to win the live auction.

Heather McBean, who dressed in a cool-coloured frock purchased in St Kilda, has supported the luncheon cause for the past four years.

“It’s a fundraiser with a lot of meaning,” she said of the organisation that aims to eliminate cancer. 

“It’s a great way to celebrate the Cup with friends and laughter.” 

Jan Williams was awarded Lady of the Day in an immaculate navy blue Ralph Lauren look, receiving a $1100 pearl necklace from Gems & Jewels. 

The Best Dressed Male was the sleek Reda Moutawakkil, while Zoe Dwyer’s white and black headpiece received Hat of the Day.

The Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute rolled out the red carpet for its guests, raising more than $17,000 for its Ballarat research centre. 

WINNING STYLE: Sarah Condous, Tanya Whiting and Jenni Alizzi celebrate a win during the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute Melbourne Cup luncheon at Ballarat Trotting Club yesterday. PICTURE: ADAM TRAFFORD

WINNING STYLE: Sarah Condous, Tanya Whiting and Jenni Alizzi celebrate a win during the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute Melbourne Cup luncheon at Ballarat Trotting Club yesterday. PICTURE: ADAM TRAFFORD

Virginia Mahony and Heather McBean at the FECRI fundraiser at the trotting club. PICTURE: ADAM TRAFFORD

Virginia Mahony and Heather McBean at the FECRI fundraiser at the trotting club. PICTURE: ADAM TRAFFORD

Tanya Whiting, Sarah Condous, Susan Crocker, Claire Leach, Lynn Hadfield, Jenny Curran, Jenni Alizzi. PICTURE: ADAM TRAFFORD

Tanya Whiting, Sarah Condous, Susan Crocker, Claire Leach, Lynn Hadfield, Jenny Curran, Jenni Alizzi. PICTURE: ADAM TRAFFORD

Marg Cox and Meredith Beseler. PICTURE: ADAM TRAFFORD

Marg Cox and Meredith Beseler. PICTURE: ADAM TRAFFORD

Jenny French, Sheree Collins and Marlene Davies. PICTURE: ADAM TRAFFORD

Jenny French, Sheree Collins and Marlene Davies. PICTURE: ADAM TRAFFORD

Sandi Nulty, Emma Gull and Jessie Onley. PICTURE: ADAM TRAFFORD

Sandi Nulty, Emma Gull and Jessie Onley. PICTURE: ADAM TRAFFORD

Caitlin Stewart and Samantha Prince. PICTURE: ADAM TRAFFORD

Caitlin Stewart and Samantha Prince. PICTURE: ADAM TRAFFORD

Sally Grist, Kim Maguire and Lee Gull. PICTURE: ADAM TRAFFORD

Sally Grist, Kim Maguire and Lee Gull. PICTURE: ADAM TRAFFORD

Zoe Dwyer and Renay Dwyer. PICTURE: ADAM TRAFFORD

Zoe Dwyer and Renay Dwyer. PICTURE: ADAM TRAFFORD

Florencia Ortiz Oqueli and Esmeralda Reasbeck. PICTURE: ADAM TRAFFORD

Florencia Ortiz Oqueli and Esmeralda Reasbeck. PICTURE: ADAM TRAFFORD

Denny Newland and Jan Williams. PICTURE: ADAM TRAFFORD

Denny Newland and Jan Williams. PICTURE: ADAM TRAFFORD

Mandy Pellow, Michelle Casnave, Mina Crooks, Kylie Brooks and Deb Honeyman. PICTURE: ADAM TRAFFORD

Mandy Pellow, Michelle Casnave, Mina Crooks, Kylie Brooks and Deb Honeyman. PICTURE: ADAM TRAFFORD

Karen Coxall and Rachel Bryant. PICTURE: ADAM TRAFFORD

Karen Coxall and Rachel Bryant. PICTURE: ADAM TRAFFORD

Celeste Giles and Lisa Eden. PICTURE: ADAM TRAFFORD

Celeste Giles and Lisa Eden. PICTURE: ADAM TRAFFORD

Research director Professor George Kannourakis said the research laboratory required $700,000 a year to function.

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