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The 2018 Grassroots Sports Luncheon

The Grassroots Sports Luncheon has firmly cemented itself as the “must do” corporate luncheon on the Gold Coast and it is back for its ninth year on Friday 8th June at Star Casino on the Gold Coast. 

We are pleased to announce that the extraordinary Vince Sorrenti, Australia’s most popular comic entertainers, is back as our event MC. Vince is a crowd favourite and for good reason. His unique humor and delivery consistently has our audience in stitches and he is set to make a massive impact on his return to our 2018 event.

Since inception in 2010, Grassroots has featured some outstanding and brilliant comic performers and this year we are fortunate to have secured the exceptional Anthony "Lehmo” Lehmann. Lehmo is one of Australia’s most experienced and well-travelled comedians. He is a regular on TV, amongst others as a guest on The Project. His live work has seen him headline at comedy clubs for close to twenty years, working all over the globe. Lehmo is a passionate AFL fan, has heard about Grassroots and can’t wait to get here. We know he will be a huge hit! 

Each year’s Grassroots event seems to get better and better and we are expecting another massive day this year.

Whilst each of the eight Luncheons to date have been overwhelmingly successful and highly entertaining, more importantly, the event has raised and distributed over $350,000 to participating community based Australian Football clubs. These funds have been used by clubs for a range of items including purchasing of equipment and training gear, facility development and player education.

With just weeks to the 2018 event, we recommend that you book your table now through your local Gold Coast Australian football club. Bookings are to be finalized by 18th May – if not sold out prior.

Whilst Vince and Lehmo will provide plenty of laughs, in between, our light hearted Sports Panel will feature some AFL greats and former legendary jockey and now sport broadcaster Simon Marshall. Simon’s deeds in the saddle are well known however he has vast knowledge of AFL having been a host on Channel 7’s Game Day program. It is timely that Simon will join our panel, as he will be able to provide some expert tips for Stradbroke Handicap day (Saturday 9th June) – Brisbane’s biggest race day. 

The Grassroots Luncheon is a unique event in that AFL Community Clubs on the Gold Coast are participating and are the stakeholders of the event.

The event achieves 3 things:

  • It brings together Australian football clubs on the Gold Coast for a united event
  • It provides a vehicle for much needed fund raising to assist in the running of participating clubs via profit share, with all proceeds going back to the clubs
  • It provides the catalyst for a major annual Australian Football event on the Coast

If you’ve been to Grassroots before, you know just how good the event is and you will no doubt want to come back. If you’ve never been before, you need to get yourself a seat or book a table. You won’t be sorry!