Monday, February 14, 2005

The Australian: Charity didn't get ticket cash [February 15, 2005]

The Australian: Charity didn't get ticket cash [February 15, 2005]: "Charity didn't get ticket cash
Michelle Wiese Bockmann
February 15, 2005
THE Australian Red Cross has declined to reveal how much Sydney PR man Max Markson will pocket from next month's charity event he is organising, with Crown Prince Frederick and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark attending as guests of honour.

The refusal comes after the Children's Cancer Institute Australia conceded none of the money paid for the 2500 dinner tickets sold during Cherie Blair's five-city, all-expenses-paid tour last week reached the charity.
The $250,000 the charity expected to receive from the tour represented part of the money raised from auctions, raffles and pledges.
Mr Markson, who organised and underwrote the tour by the British Prime Minister's wife to raise money for the institute, said his company, Markson Sparks, was paid $100,000 plus unspecified wages, while Mrs Blair received a reported $250,000 fee. "

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