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Karen Hogan, wife of Federal member for Page Kevin Hogan, has pulled off the event of the season –the largest International Women’s Day celebration ever held in the Northern Rivers. Over 400 people attended the lunch to hear the guest speaker, 2013 Australian of the Year and trailblazing media editor Ita Buttrose AO OBE. 

Karen told the local newspaper in the lead up to the sell-out event that she invited Ms Buttrose because it’s important to give the regions access to inspirational women. “For International Women’s Day I thought Ita would be perfect,” she said.

“Ita has used her success for the benefit of others, most recently with her work on behalf of Alzheimer’s Australia”. Karen hosted the lunch on behalf of the Page Federal Electorate Council with proceeds from the Luncheon donated to Alzheimer’s Australia. The event trended in the area, receiving extensive coverage from local papers, TV and radio.

As the logistics of organising the lunch grew ever more time-consuming for Karen, many friends and local businesses came on board to help. Some generously donated prizes, while others provided table decorations for the large auditorium at the Lismore Workers Club. Guests were treated to a performance donated by the Northern Rivers Conservatorium on arrival.

This was Karen’s second successful International Women’s Day event after hosting a lunch with Margie Abbott last year. Ms Buttrose appeared by arrangement with Saxton Speakers Bureau.

pictured: Kevin Hogan with Ita Buttrose and Karen Hogan.

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