Those of you in the know will recognise the name Erica Macpherson. Whether you’ve spent an afternoon at the Mornington or Melbourne races or bought a perfectly pristine race day outfit from her fashion-first store Fiona’s of Mornington, which she had for 16 years with her daughter before it closed its doors in 2018, the name Macpherson and panache are intrinsically linked. Still an avid race day-goer and dripping with distinctive style, Erica has just extended her already talented fundraising hand to supporting more charities close to home and has partnered up with Mornington Peninsula Magazine publisher Lisa Walton to present an innovative and exciting ladies’ lunch series where raising money for those in need is the main game —besides meeting up with your friends and devouring an extremely delicious lunch with a glass of bubbly while looking gorgeously glamorous!
Erica explains: “There will be a theme for each lunch we present. The Glamorlicious inaugural luncheon will be held at the Ranelagh Club in Mount Eliza on October 3. Adrian Dickens, from Circa Ad Jewels, will present Diana, Princess of Wales — The Jewels of a Modern Day Princess. Lady Fox will be performing (see separate story pages 108-109) and there will be goodie bags, prizes and a raffle which will be supporting cerebral palsy and undiagnosed sufferer Rye Johnson and his family. We are keen to make a real difference to Mornington Peninsula people’s lives.”
Erica has always been a go-getter. She was at riding school at six years old, off to the races with her stylish mother as a teenager and modelling in Melbourne in her early 20s. She continues: “I entered Fashions on the Field at Flemington during the spring carnival when I was 18. I won my heat and was runner-up in the final. I suppose fashion and racing have always gone hand in hand for me. My husband, Peter White, was a trainer at Randwick in Sydney when I met him; however, upon moving to Melbourne he retired for a while. When my son decided to start a horse-training career, we moved to Mornington Peninsula opposite the Mornington Racecourse. That was in 1998. We’ve always had a great love for horses. Peter took out his trainer’s licence again when we came to Mornington and was successful. Jungle Ruler won over 20 races, including two Peninsula Cups at Mornington, and Inspector won the Peninsula Cup in 2015. I started fundraising in 2010. Our first lunch was at Morning Star Estate Winery for the National Jockeys Trust.”
Erica has always had a way in business of bringing people together, and just like the thrill of watching a horse like Makybe Diva win the Melbourne Cup three times or Subzero thundering down the wet-weather straight in 1992, this Mornington Peninsula gal about town continues to commit to making life better for those who need a helping hand. She may have hobnobbed it with the cream of the racing crop in the Freedmans’ marquee at Flemington and dressed some of the most stylish people around, but her focus on community welfare is steadfast and true. Combine that with her love of all things racing and delicious, and you’ve got a filly who’s fit for making a difference.
And of course she’ll be Glamorlicious while she’s doing it.
The list of sponsors continues to grow (see ad opposite) so expect plenty of spot prizes, great raffle prizes and sensational Glamorlicious goodie bags filled with products.