Party with Jerry Schwartz at Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour

If you like to party and have fun, you best keep reading.

Check out this picture – it’s the first five-star luxury hotel to be built in Sydney since the Olympics.

It was built by Hunter hotel mogul Jerry Schwartz, who is planning a big party to mark the occasion.

Jerry’s known for owning Crowne Plaza hotels in Newcastle and Hunter Valley, along with the Novotel on Newcastle Beach.

He’s also known for being a doctor, cosmetic surgeon and philanthropist. He’s a big supporter of the world-renowned Hunter Medical Research Institute, affectionately known by its catchy acronym HMRI.

Which brings us to the party. Jerry has given away all 28 floors of the hotel to 28 charities for a special, pre-opening launch of his new hotel at Darling Harbour on October 3. HMRI was given one of these floors.

Those who join the party will be among the first people to stay at the new five-star Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour.

HMRI has nine rooms left, which it is offering for $1000 each. Every cent will go to HMRI.

This “golden ticket” type evening will buy you a noon check-in, an 11am checkout, breakfast, entry to an exclusive cocktail party in the hotel ballroom and use of the hotel’s swish facilities.

If you take up this offer, you'll be the first people to sleep in one of the hotel rooms, the first to jump on the bed and the first to… ahh, how do we say this politely… ermm... christen the bed.

HMRI’s Rebekah Wilson said “it’ll be great fun” and a special experience at the upmarket hotel.

“It’s a chance to get dressed up and attend a proper cocktail event,” Rebekah said.

“It’s the day after a long weekend and school holidays. That’s a good night for people to go down there.”

Jerry considers Newcastle his second home, since he worked there as an ophthalmology registrar at Royal Newcastle Hospital. 

“HMRI is expanding strongly, which will help build Newcastle’s reputation as one of the most progressive medical research and technology hubs in Australia,” Jerry said.

Jerry Schwartz and his son Dane lay concrete during the hotel's construction.

Jerry Schwartz and his son Dane lay concrete during the hotel's construction.

“The funds they raise through the Sofitel Darling Harbour charity launch will help fuel that expansion.”

The Sofitel launch is important to him.

“It’s the first new-build hotel I’ve been involved with and it will play an important role in Sydney’s future tourism development,” he said.

“I’m expecting all of my friends in the Hunter to get behind HMRI’s fundraising efforts for the charity launch, but also to call the Sofitel their Sydney home away from home.”

Jerry said he’ll personally welcome to the Sofitel those who take up the HMRI offer and also “join in the partying with them”. 

“We’ve produced some fantastic brews out at the Lovedale Brewery this year, so I’ll see if we can bring in a few cases to give the party a distinct Hunter Valley flavour.” 

To secure a room, email Rebekah.Wilson@hmri.org.au or phone (02) 4042 1000. 

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