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Cosying up to Clinton

A STAR-STUDDED collection of Perth’s business community, including Multiplex Constructions, the Barbagallo Group and media and wine industry mogul Jack Bendat is turning out for a chance to hear former US president Bill Clinton speak.

It is understood Mr Bendat has paid to not only have Mr Clinton sitting at his table, but also to introduce him.

The event, to be held on February 23 at the Burswood International Resort Casino Convention Centre, is being run by Princess Margaret Hospital.

During his time in Australia Mr Clinton also will be speaking at charity events in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane.

Sydney broadcaster Alan Jones will act as master of ceremonies. Entertainment will be provided by comedian Brian Doyle, Young Cossette and former PMH patient Genevieve McCarthy, who will sing both the Australian and American anthems.

PMH Foundation’s Genevieve Farrell said the event had the potential to raise $500,000 for the hospital, and ticket sales had already gleaned $300,000.

More money is expected from an auction to be held on the night.

Items going under the hammer include a pearl necklace from Mazzucchelli’s Jewellers, an advertising package with Channel 10, a copy of the Hard Days Night album signed by each of the Beatles and the official Olympic Games torch from the Atlanta Olympics.

Proceeds will be used to buy state-of-the-art medical equipment and help with the redevelopment of the hospital’s Children’s Rehabilitation Centre on Hay Street.

The Barbagallo Group banded together with some of its clients and suppliers to buy the $110,000 platinum package for the event, which gives them the chance to break bread with Mr Clinton at their table.

Alf Barbagallo group marketing manager Greg Ross said the package price had been too steep for Barbagallos on its own, so it had approached some of its clients and sponsors to take part.

“Rover Australia came in for the naming rights and some of our clients jumped at the chance to join us,” Mr Ross said.

Tickets cost $1,000 and can still be obtained by phoning 1800 804 175.

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