SANDY Hausler's 13th and final annual Melbourne Cup race lunch is believed to have tipped her total fundraising efforts over $100,000.
Craniofacial Australia chief executive Bob Snewin paid tribute to the effort at this year's lunch, which cleared another $3000 for the foundation on November 4.
"Our role is to raise funding for the unit to help patients and continue research into craniofacial disorders and provide professional equipment," Mr Snewin said while acting as MC for the event.
"Sandy has done other things for us and we believe the amount she has raised is getting towards $100,000.
"I've known Sandy for about 40 years, she's always been a big-hearted lady with the community at heart at all times."
The lunch was held at the Keith Hotel Motel with about 80 people attending.
Guests were greeted with a glass of champagne first, before sitting to hear about packing for holidays from Adelaide lady Marilyn Little.
This followed the annual auction, coordinated by seven-time event auctioneer Luke Schreiber.
A best hat competition was won by Julia Davis, and a fashion parade was also popular.
With the event over, Sandy said she was only giving up the cup lunch and not her support for the unit, hoping someone else would take the reins.
"I will let someone else take over, it's been my baby for so long and my son (Daniel) has been under the unit for over 25 years," Sandy said.
She said emotions were hard to hold back on the day, after the hotel handed her flowers and a bottle of wine to recognise her efforts.
"It's been good, just so fantastic and I've met some fantastic people through the foundation...but I'm going to be 70 next year."
Attending for his seventh time, Mr Snewin said the support Sandy has given would help the foundation reach its annual fundraising target of $1 million.
"There is a special unit in the Adelaide Women's and Children's Hospital that specialises in operations with craniofacial disorders and we have a unit team that works on them," he said.
Describing the disorder, Mr Snewin said 1 in 600 are born with either a cleft lip or palate.
"It could be genetic, could be lifestyle, there is no rhyme nor reason, people could have a child with the craniofacial disorder and have four other children with no deformities."
For information about the foundation, visit www.craniofacial.com.au.