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Big Bucks for Big Mac at Shannons Christmas with the Clubs


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SYDNEY – June 7, 2013: The world’s most expensive Big Mac could be plated up at Shannons Christmas with the Clubs annual dinner, which this year will be held on Saturday, December 7.

The ‘two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun’ burger will go to the highest bidder as the final lot of the fun charity auction that will close the evening, with proceeds benefiting Ronald McDonald House Monash.

Previous Shannons Christmas with the Clubs auctions have raised thousands of dollars for worthwhile causes, with ebullient auctioneer, the late Bill Wellwood, regularly getting substantial four-figure bids for ‘nothing’.

After many years at Albert Park, this year’s Christmas with the Clubs dinner will be held for the first in the Moonee Valley Racing Club’s Celebrity Room to cater for the ever-greater number of Clubs participating each year.

Since Shannons initiated the annual Christmas Dinner in 2006, numbers have swollen each year, with more than 400 car club enthusiasts attending the 2011 event.

Shannons expect around 500 enthusiasts from 45-50 car and bike clubs to enjoy this year’s dinner, which will be hosted jointly by well-known quizmaster, TV host and tarmac rally driver Glenn Ridge, assisted by iconic MG Car Club identity and broadcaster, Don Kinsey.

Special guests this year are Bob Jane and the Bob Jane Heritage team, Jim and Steven Richards and Murray Carter.

Guests will also enjoy a three-course dinner with drinks and will be entertained throughout the evening by a live stage band and other entertainment.

The ‘Big Mac’ will be the final item of the 15-item Charity Auction conducted by Shannons current auctioneer, Ross Johnston and will be known as the ‘Bill Wellwood Lot’ in honour of Johnson’s larger-than-life predecessor.

Ronald McDonald House Monash opened in April 1993 and is a home away from home for families of seriously ill children who require treatment within Monash Children’s Southern Health Network. .

This year Ronald McDonald House Monash celebrates its 20th birthday after having provided more than 8,400 families with a home close to their sick child during this time – sometime for months on end.