HipMoi Peace Prize awarded to Coen Hess
The glitterati and twitterati were dressed up to the nines last night for the presentation of the Lions Club HipMoi Peace Prize to lumbering workaday prop forward Coen Hess (above). The lavish evening has heralded the start of the Far North Queensland awards season, which will culminate with the FNQ Academy Awards in three weeks' time.
Billionaire oligo-hipster and founder-CEO of HipMoi Corporation, Anton Anders, was on hand to present the big gong, which was followed by a lengthy commencement speech by Lions Club President, Lynn Fletcher-Weiss.
Ms Fletcher-Weiss (below), who unusually is simultaneously both a Lion and a Lioness, spoke expansively about the health of the reef, the struggling sugar industry and trans-feline issues.
The award winner, Hess, was all smiles as he accepted the silverware and spoke warmly about the help he has received from "Greeny, JT, Cootie and the boys, and of course ASIO." Whilst Hess is best know for smashing the ball up as first-change forward for the Cowboys, he is also being recognised for his extensive work in hostage negotiation and de-radicalisation. In his spare time, Hess also has a small non-speaking role in the Netflix alt-history drama, 'The Man in the High Castle,' in which he plays the role of brutal Hauptsturmführer Fritz Schweinsteiger.
Previous winners of the Peace Prize, Sir Ben Lee, Karl Stefanovic, JT, and Natasha Stott-Despoja were all present to salute the worthy winner in the Captain Cook style. At the conclusion of the event, Stefanovic, who won the award in 2013 for Services to the Environment and Dry-Cleaning, joined Hess, Lee, Anders and Jessica Mauboy for a wild, impromptu rendering of '99 Luftballoons' in the German.
The next big event on the awards calendar is the Rotary Club 'Twister-In-The-Buff Invitational' to be judged at Gilligan's Backpackers on Friday Night. Entries are still open.