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2006 Sports Extravaganza: Celebrity Dinner

2006/09/29 23:00 Celebrity Dinners, Extravaganzas

The Tyler Foundation welcomed 10 cricket and rugby legends of the professional sports world to Tokyo for Sports Extravaganza 2006, which included a fun-packed weekend of three fundraising events: a gala dinner, celebrity golf day and a celebrity cricket match!

Our celebrity guests included:

Photos by Jacqui Todd and Leanne Stone

Celebrity Sports Dinner

September 29, 2006
Grand Hyatt Tokyo

On September 29, over three-hundred and sixty (wow!!!) people attended the Celebrity Sports Dinner at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo. The word about town is that everyone had a great time – even those from non-cricketing nations (Ah-hem, you Americans!). Not only was the food awesome (we knew it would be) but the evening was truly unique among Tokyo events. The celebs strutted their stuff (verbally, that is) on stage, MC Justin Sampson had everyone laughing as he led us though heads and tails games, interviews and the live auction, and Tyler’s mom, Kim, inadvertently drew a few tears from the audience as she reminded everyone of the greater purpose of the evening. Thanks to all who attended, our volunteers and to our most generous sponsors and winning bidders in the auction.

Special Thanks

  • Core Organizing Team: Rob Quinlivan, Mark McTamney and Anton McCloy. Their tireless work ensured both guests and celebrities had a great time while raising heaps of money for the Foundation.
  • Video Producer: Ryan Skelton of Alien-Eye, Inc for his unbelievable energy, skill, patience and tolerance in following our celebs from the moment they stepped off the plane ’till the moment they got back on the plane. The videos you’re watching are the result of weeks and weeks of editing and tweaking.
  • Video Presentations & Footage: Jeff Klein and his team at Terabyte Station for the video footage of Kim’s speech and for all of the help with the video presentations during the Celebrity Sports Dinner at the Grand Hyatt.
  • MC and Host: a sports celebrity in his own right (playing for New South Wales against the New Zealand All Blacks in 1988 and the British Lions in 1989), Justin Sampson deserves an extra-special thanks – no aspect of the Extravaganza would have been the same without his skill and polish.
  • Photographers: our official Foundation photographer, Jacqui Todd, and professional photographer, Leanne Stone, who worked tirelessly on a purely volunteer basis – donating all of their time and photos to us.

For more details on the rest of our celebrity guests’ stay in Japan, please see our event reports and interviews.