Event date: 09 March 2023

200 members of the Sunshine Coast legal fraternity gathered to raise record $40,759 for the Suncoast Community Legal Service at a the Suncoast Community Legal Service Wine Dinner hosted by Travis Schultz & Partners

On the 9th of March, members of the Sunshine Coast legal fraternity raised $40,759 for the Suncoast Community Legal Service (SCLS) at a wine dinner held at Venue 114, with every cent raised going towards ensuring access to justice for the most vulnerable in the local community.

Now in its third year, this annual fundraising event has grown in popularity each year. Having sold-out twice this year, and outgrowing previous venues, it welcomed a 200-strong guest list, doubling in size since its first-year launch.

Looking forward as the SCLS approaches its 40th birthday, Julian Porter, Managing Solicitor said the work the legal fraternity does for the community is needed more than ever. “With the financial support from the annual fundraiser, SCLS can administer one of the top community legal services in the country; meaning more people can get help with their legal problems before the issue becomes overwhelming. This directly impacts our community’s resilience and wellness”.

We are indebted to the event sponsors, guests, supporters and friends who have come together for this fundraising and networking event.

This year, special guests Mr Mayor and Mayoress were welcomed for the first time, along with the Deputy Chief Magistrate Stephen Courtney. The inspiring keynote address was delivered by Lawyer’s Weekly Editor Jerome Doraisamy, and the audience was treated to a lesson in wine pairing by three-time Australian Winemaker of the Year, Shane Harris.

On the night, Mr Doraisamy shared his insight on the role of mental health in the industry, advocating for wellbeing in the legal profession. As board director of the Minds Count Foundation and the author of The Wellness Doctrines book series, his experience in striking the right balance between the personal and professional in law was well received.

Following a three-course meal paired with premium wines by Geoff Hardy, guests enjoyed a lively auction, led by Brodie Rodgers from Ray White Buderim.

Six exclusive items, from unique jewellery pieces to handcrafted leather boots, were generously donated by Queensland Country Bank, SV Partners, Coastline BMW, Toomey Family Law, Mike Williams from Country Clothing, and Sunstate Jewellers.

To find out more about the Suncoast Community Legal Service, visit www.suncoastcommunitylegal.org

Event details

When: Thursday, 9 March 2023, 5.30 pm – 9.30 pm 
Where: Venue 114, Bokarina
Dress code: Business Attire
Tickets: $130 per person or $1300 for a table of 10. 100% of proceeds from ticket sales go directly to SCLS, thanks to our event presenters and sponsors.

Parking: Available onsite, below Brightwater Hotel 

What to Expect: A chance to connect with our local legal community, a keynote speaker, Winemaker guided menu pairings, a fundraiser auction and a three-course dinner with four hours of premium wine and beverages.

Contact: For all event and sponsorship enquiries, please contact:
Liberty Moore – Community and Brand Manager – liberty.moore@schultzlaw.com
Holly Clark – Marketing Assistant – holly.clark@schultzlaw.com.au

Suncoast Community Legal Service is a not-for-profit organisation that provides free legal advice to financially disadvantaged people in the community. The independent community organisation has been operating for more than three decades and relies on the support of the Sunshine Coast lawyers, volunteers and the public.

For more information on the Suncoast Community Legal Service, visit www.suncoastcommunitylegal.org

Presented by:

Travis Schultz & Partners


Coastline BMW

Toomey Family Law

SV Partners

Queensland Country Bank

Wine Partner:

Wines by Geoff Hardy