Les Evennett honoured ahead of his 100th birthday with portraits painted live by Sophie Donnelly

Live entertainment at CMAA Luncheon

ATE presented the live entertainment at the annual CMAA Sponsors Appreciation Luncheon. We chose to present Sophie Downey the Saxoffender, for something a little bit different to present the honours. So on Friday the 25th of Nov, we spent the day mingling with the NSW Club managers, swilling wine and applauding enthusiastically as the bursaries were handed out.

This annual lunch is where the CMA presents bursaries to club managers statewide. They celebrate a range of options designed to provide career and educational pathways. The day also pays tribute to their sponsors which make the bursaries possible. Sponsors include companies from various industries including gaming, banking, alcohol and education. And its a great day to pat each other on the back.

Top clubs in attendance

Chris Keeble CMA Manager hosting the CMA Sponsors Appreciation Luncheon. Chris chose the live entertainment for the event.
Chris Keeble, Sponsors and Memberships Manager of the CMA hosted and coordinated the afternoon and booked the live entertainment through ATE.

Club managers from across NSW attended the event and we made a point of saying hi to as many as we could.

Attendees included:

  • Yamba Bowlo,
  • Raymond Terrace Bowlo,
  • Southport Sharks,
  • Ingleburn RSL,
  • Ryde Eastwood Leagues,
  • Wenty Leagues,
  • Bathurst RSL,
  • Port Macquarie Golf Club,
  • Maitland City Bowls,
  • Dapto Leagues,
  • Club Marconi,
  • Casino RSM,
  • Stockton Bowlo,
  • Asquith Rugby Leagues, amongst others


The mentors and mentees were all seated together and over a delicious plates of lamb rump or avo prawns, Atlantic salmon or veal cutlets and divine strawberry cheese cake, we applauded and drank wine and gossiped and laughed. It was a beautiful afternoon to catch up with old friends and associates.

 Sophie Downey was the live entertainment of the day with paint and sax!

But the most exciting and poignant part of this day was when the Association chose to honor a previous president and centenarian. Les Evennett, just 2 days away from his 100th birthday was honored with a special surprise  – his portrait live painted by Sophie Downey!

Sophie Downey paints Les Evennett's portrait during the course of the luncheon as the live entertainment offering of the day
Sophie Downey mid-portrait-paint, an example of what she can do when presenting live entertainment at functions.

Sophie is an ex barrister for human rights. After the death of her mother she decided to put law aside and follow her love of music and art.

Sophie plays sax and uniquely presents difficult guitar riffs on this instrument. But she is also a highly talented painter and presents live portraits at special events. So while the presentations were underway, Sophie was painting away at a rate of knots to create a special tribute to Les Evennett.

She chose to incorporate his age and his military career into her study as he has previously served in Libyan and is an Aussie war veteran. The painting incorporated his regiment, medals, the sands of Libya, his age and a look through time.

Applause and happy tears

What a hit! Les was moved to tears by the two portraits that Sophie had prepared the night before. But more importantly he was  overwhelmed by the giant live portrait presented at the end of the day. Other retired presidents sniffed back their appreciation with croaky voices and applause. Les’ smile couldn’t get any bigger as he posed next to his paintings.

Sophie Downey is a wonderful live entertainment addition to any event. Because of her high level of creativity and fluid presentation, she is an unusual addition and talking point to any awards night or celebration. She can present the guest of honour with a timeless one of a kind memento of the evening which really does add something very special to the night. Whether its the boss, the bride and groom, the 50th birthday celebrant, the baby’s christening, or the graduation party, she can present something that they keep for life.

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