Mums mark your calendars, lock in your babysitters and get ready to have a well-deserved night off with an awesome tribe of women! Mumfest Central West 2023 is our festival of the year celebrating female friendship and community. This is our annual event of the year you don’t want to miss!
Mumfest is a fun cocktail style event that will uplift, inspire and empower you all while you connect with our community of amazing women in one positive, inclusive space. Mumfest even has our own signature cocktail; the Mumfest Mule (recipe link here), which is now at a permanent menu item at the Piano bar at the Greenhouse of Orange. Mumfest will be held in the private room at the Greenhouse of Orange and our event date is Saturday May 6th with doors opening at 5pm.
SPECIAL GUEST: JACQUI COOPER
Jacqui Cooper represented Australia in the sport of Aerial Skiing for over 20 years, beginning her career in 1989 at Mt Buller with the Techne Team. Within three years she was representing her country at the World Championships in Lake Placid New York; by 1994 she competed at the Lillehammer Winter Olympics. In 1999, just 10 years after starting her sport she became a World Champion. Over the next 10 years she dominated and revolutionised her sport.
In a very long and decorated career Jacqui Cooper competed in 139 World Cup Events, nine World Championships and was selected to five Winter Olympic Teams. When Jacqui competed in Vancouver in February 2010 she became the first Australian woman in history (Summer or Winter Olympics) to represent Australia at five Games. Her record five world titles, 39 World Cup medals, 24 World Cup wins and three major World Championship medals left Jacqui as the greatest Aerial skier of all time (man or woman); an achievement that will go unbeaten for decades.
Jacqui Cooper’s sport is unforgiving; she has had knee, elbow, shoulder and hip reconstructions. In 2001, she broke her back in an attempt to win a record 3rd World Title; she went on and won it. In 2002 at the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics she injured her knee and broke her leg, just two days before the Olympic competition ending years of dreaming, willing and wanting.
Jacqui has devoted time to various Sporting Committees around the world, including Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) Board, the AOC Athlete’s Commission (Deputy Chair), Ski and Snowboard Australia Board, the Australian Institute of Sport Athletes Commission, the International Ski Federation (FIS) Athletes Committee, the FIS Freestyle Athletes Committee, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Athlete’s Committee and the WADA education committee.
She has also devoted time to speaking to primary, secondary, and university/TAFE students about living a healthy lifestyle, making smart choices, nutrition, being young role models, dreaming BIG, being active and goal setting. Jacqui has travelled to remote aboriginal communities as far as Darwin and beyond spending time promoting all things healthy with a heavy focus on ‘SAY NO’ to alcohol, petrol sniffing and smoking.
Jacqui is the author of two books – Frozen Hope for couples undergoing or embarking on the sometimes very long and emotional IVF journey, and It Took Three to Make Me an illustrated book that explains the IVF process to children. She is the founder of Food For Me, a range of gluten free foods manufactured in a fully gluten free facility in Langwarrin, Victoria and sold in IGA stores in VIC, QLD and NSW.
Jacqui has won many awards in recognition for her achievements in sport and for her involvement in the community. During her career she was honoured as the Victorian ‘Young Australian of the Year’ for Sport, Victorian Sports Woman of the year and Ski and Snowboard Athlete of the year. In 2008 she was presented with the ‘Governor’s Award’ at the Vic Sports Awards for being a role model, a champion, and a woman who is successful in sport and life. Since 2010, she has been La Trobe Financial’ s Company Ambassador.
OUR MC: DANICA BUNCH
Danica Bunch is a Public Relations and Strategic Communications professional with an acumen for business strategy, crisis management leadership support and coaching. Danica is a strong networker and influencer, adept at building relationships that enhance her effectiveness in achieving outcomes for her clients.
Personally, Danica is a local Central West mother of two, old ballerina and spin class tragic. Her life has taken a turn with a recent health crisis of her own and she is pivoting her business to being an advocate for fundamental change in women’s health. She is author of the soon to be released book “She. Has Breast Cancer”, where she has turned her 20 years of training and craft and applied the same framework to regain control, face and understand the concept of uncertainty, recognise the impact on identity and to reach a place of strength and resilience.
DJS: CHRIS RAWLINS & BENNY and the DECKS
Ben and Chris are two local DJs and the faces behind Studio2800 which runs events in collaboration with local venues as well as private wedding and parties under Orange DJs. Chris (DJ Chris Rawlins) and Ben (Benny and the Decks) are frequently found in between their Monday to Friday careers bring musical fun to weekend events across the Central West! Married to two local wonderful mums they are excited to help celebrate all the great mums of the Central West with a range of 80s, 90s and today’s dance floor anthems!
All tickets include the chance to WIN prizes and:
Proudly sponsored by:
Presenting partner Hansen Optometrists