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News and events 2013

Mid Year Ball

Peninsula Training Zone celebrated its third year of business with a gala ball and again graciously used this occasion to fundraise for The Isabella and Marcus Fund. It was held at The Rocks, Mornington on Melbourne’s Port Philip Bay. The ball was hosted by CrossFit owners Sonia De Rose and Chris Santas and Claudia De Rose, Isabella’s cousin. Thank-you!  It was great to meet some familiar faces from last year’s event, including Sean Smith, who used the intervening 12 months to grow a beard, raise awareness of DIPG and fundraise for the charity. That was a nice surprise, thank-you Sean! We are also grateful to the extended PTZone community who provided items for auctions.

To the many crossfitters who joined the Isabella and Marcus Team in the Melbourne Marathon Festival in 2012, thank-you, and we look forward to the many who have pledged to be a part of the Upstream 50km Challenge in November 2013 in support of IMF.

Golf Day 2013

The 3rd instalment of the Isabella and Marcus Fund Golf Day was held at the Long Island Country Club in Frankston, Victoria on Friday, April 12th. The players were fuelled with a hearty breakfast before setting out to play on the immaculately presented course. The team format was Ambrose and with glorious weather and course conditions all teams were well below par and separated by a mere 6 shots.

The Winning team was O & S Airconditioning (net 58), closely followed by Team StanMara (net 59). Closest to the pins were won by Stan Marigliano and Frank De Rose, longest drives by Rohan Lane and Con Zaharias. Golf lessons were awarded to 2 ‘developing’ players, courtesy of Ben Hood Golf.

Thank-you once again to Harvey Norman Springvale for their generous donation of a 55’, 3D LED TV and two Samsung Galaxy media players for the raffle. Our gratitude also to Drummond Golf for a deluxe golf bag and to Bosch Australia, Dan Murphy, Long Island Country Club and Berwick Montuna Golf Club for prizes. Thank-you to Nick Dastey, the General Manager of Long Island Country Club and his hard working staff for hosting a well organised day with a sumptuous lunch in the stately clubhouse afterwards.

This event is a staple in the Isabella and Marcus Fund Calendar and we were pleased to see returning players and exposure to a new group of people. We hope to see you again next year.  


3rd Annual Classic Car Day

From humble beginnings at Pitman Classics in 2011 with 50 cars, the third annual IMF Classic Car Day this year showcased 550 cars at the Bonbeach Sports Reserve. The quality of cars on display was truly outstanding and competition for the 6 prizes on offer was strong. Our thanks go out to the classic car community in Victoria who have supported this event with gusto since its inception. Our Ambassador and major drawcard for the event, Fletch from Channel 31’s Classic Resto’s, was back again to offer his unqualified support to the charity. It was amazing to witness his popularity within the classic car community.

Once again, luck was on our side and Melbourne provided a warm sunny day for this event. There’s something for everyone at the Isabella and Marcus Classic Car Day, especially for the kids who were treated to jumping castles, a petting zoo, specky machine, colouring competitions or face and nail painting.

Congratulations to the winners:

  • Best Classic   - 1929 Chrysler Salon

  • Best Modified  - WILDTC Cortina 

  • Best Muscle  - LH Torana VIDTHA 

  • IMF selection  - Fury 59 1959 Plymoth 

  • Fletch’s Choice  - 1967 Falcon

  • King of Show  - 1960 Eldorado ELD60 

An event of this size requires a lot of support. We are grateful to the committee who worked tirelessly since December to organise this event. To all the wonderful volunteers who worked hard all day to make this day a success, we are grateful. We thank the many generous supporters who donated their goods or services, so that we could raise as much money as possible to help children with Brainstem tumours in future.

  • Fletch and Angela from Classic Resto’s,

  • Our major corporate supporter, Harvey Norman Springvale, for donating the 3 major raffle prizes of a BBQ, TV and Sodastream machine,

  • Dee Mazzanti, from Deeane Mazzanti photography, the official IMF photographer,

  • Luke Warren for shaving his head and raising over $1000 and his mum Flora for the colouring competition, IMF tattoos and IMF Caps,

  • Stacey Brindley, from Xpressodelight coffee&go, who had to work very hard all day and generously donated all her proceeds,

  • AIM Hire for generously providing 6 portaloos,

  • Peter Thackrah "Shortnote" for the morning’s entertainment,

  • Jay ‘UNIK’ for the wonderful DJ’ing,

  • Jay and Mark from JAM Audio for providing the PA equipment,

  • Robert Paoli, our Master of Ceremonies,

  • Garage Inc Car Club, organising committee members, who also provided traffic management on the day,

  • The trophies for the category winners were generously donated by George Papadopoulos from Motor Style,

  • Paul Smith & helpers from Bonbeach Auskick for entertaining the children all day with the specky and handball floats,

  • Domenic & Tony from Dandenong Heavy Haulage for providing generators to power the stage and businesses,

  • Peter & Debbie Gray for bringing their Burnout cars to share with us for the day,

  • Events Coordinator, Joanne Cronin  from the City of Kingston, for permission to use Bonbeach Sports Reserve and assisting us with our needs,

  • Independent Tippers for sponsoring the event ($1000),

  • Just Cars – for donating 300 magazines for the show bags,

  • Cheeta Imports – for sponsoring the event,

  • Unique Cars – for advertising the event in their magazine,

  • John Peligos from Instrat Group for providing low cost Public liability insurance,

  • Chantelle Smith from Armord AutoGroup for donating items for the show bags and the car cleaning products for raffles,

  • Isabel Sleinis from Red Bull - the Red Bull Wings team and car were on-site and provided free drinks,

  • Trent - for his kind donation of sausages and burgers,

  • Coles - Mentone, Cranbourne and Patterson Lakes, Kmart Southland,

  • Bakers Delight, Endeavour Hills and Mordialloc,

  • Carlton/Hawthorn/North Melbourne Football Clubs for supplying signed team jumpers,

  • Gasoline & Cruisin Magazines - free subscriptions vouchers,

  • Lombard's the paper people, Fountain Gate for all the balloons,

  • Allwyn Romeo from Two Bays Groups, for donating the fantastic icy tube holders - the kids loved them!

  • Thank-you to all the stall holders for participating on the day, we hope it was a fun and successful day for your company.

    Last, but not least, we’d like to thank the local community for supporting the event.

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