SunSCHine's Deputy Chair Ellie Aitken with co-chairs Nicky Joye and Sarah Hogan.

SunSCHine’s Deputy Chair Ellie Aitken with co-chairs Nicky Joye and Sarah Hogan.Credit:Kai Godeck and DLR photography

But according to one philanthropist and regular on the charity circuit, guests attending MCA’s Bella Dinner the night before had far deeper pockets when it came to their charitable contributions. The annual Bella Dinner, now in its twelfth year, raises funds to support the gallery’s creative learning programs.

“MCA had a far richer crowd and only 180 guests,” the spy told Emerald City. “We raised as much as SunSCHine with a much smaller guest list.”

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According to the source, auction items from Burberry, Christian Louboutin and Paspaley were in hot demand. Silver Ball chair Maree Andrews, eastern suburbs architect Nick Tobias and gallery owner Tim Olsen were among the guests in the picturesque Harbourside room at MCA.

The Cannon-Brookeses were generous donors that evening as well as gallery owner Roslyn Oxley, society couple and Double Bay retailers Joshua Penn and Benjamin Palmer and talkback presenter Alan Jones, who all helped raise $1 million.

Island heiress to wed a second time

Hamilton Island heiress and brand manager Nicky Oatley is set to say ‘I do’ a second time.

She and Sydney financier Jonathan Pearce confirmed the engagement news to Emerald City, revealing Pearce had proposed on Oatley’s family island in Queensland and they were very happy.

Jonathan Pearce and Nicky Oatley made their first society appearance together at this year's Silver Ball.

Jonathan Pearce and Nicky Oatley made their first society appearance together at this year’s Silver Ball.Credit:Wes Nel

The pair are understood to have been dating for nine months after they were introduced by mutual friends. Oatley shared her big news on Instagram alongside a photo and video of the smitten couple showing off her pear-shaped sparkler. “I said yes to sharing eggs benedict and life in general. Love you JP,” she posted.

Nicky Oatley shows off her pear-shaped diamond.

Nicky Oatley shows off her pear-shaped diamond.Credit:Instagram

It was only last year Private Sydney reported that Nicky, the granddaughter of Robert ‘Bob’ Oatley (worth $910 million) had split with her husband, yachtie turned furniture-maker Troy Tindall.

Baby joy for Flight Facilities DJ

Flight Facilities DJ James Lyell is about to take flight on his most exciting venture yet, as the muso will soon become a dad. Lyell, who also goes by his DJ stage name Jimmy2Sox, and his model girlfriend Chelsea Waddell are 16-weeks pregnant with their first child due next year.

Flight Facilities DJ James Lyell and girlfriend Chelsea are expecting their first child in 2020.

Flight Facilities DJ James Lyell and girlfriend Chelsea are expecting their first child in 2020.Credit:Instagram

“Chels is pregnant and we’re having a boy,” he told Emerald City at the Petron pop-up party last Wednesday. “We’re so happy and excited, we can’t wait to meet him!”

It’s no secret Lyell, originally from Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, was once one of Sydney’s most eligible bachelors having dated a string of models including Alexandra Spencer and Maddie Dixon.

Hemmes the hottest stallion at the track

Hotelier Justin Hemmes made quite the entrance when stepping out at Melbourne’s Derby Day yesterday.

Emerald City spied the hospitality giant inside the GH Mumm Birdcage ‘hotel’ being bombarded by a bevy of young girls itching to get a selfie with the Merivale CEO.

Justin Hemmes bombarded by girls at Mumm pavilion on Derby Day in Melbourne.

Justin Hemmes bombarded by girls at Mumm pavilion on Derby Day in Melbourne. Credit:Lucy Manly

Hemmes, 45, apparently arrived at the French champagne tent with Katherine Clark, an employee from his Establishment venue whom he has been linked to in the past.

“They looked like a couple, he was holding her close,” one observer said.

When news of Hemmes and Clark’s relationship broke in August the bar tsar all but denied the relationship, saying “Katherine is simply a great friend of mine” and insisting they are “certainly not dating nor in any form of relationship”.

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