Sporting a Dream for MS Ball
Guest of Honour, tennis legend Ken Rosewall led the way at the Trish Foundation’s Sporting a Dream for MS Ball at Hilton Sydney on 18th September.
Joint Patrons Dr Brendan Nelson and Hon Barry O’Farrell, who had attended the Foundation’s major fundraiser for the past five years, sent their apologies. Barry O’Farrell recorded a special message wishing everyone an enjoyable evening and urging guests to dig deep.
Marking our 10th anniversary, during the evening the Trish Foundation passed the milestone of raising $2 million for vital MS research projects.
“We are honoured to continue to receive very generous support, as well as considerable pro bono and volunteer support which is assisting us pursue our dream of saving the suffering caused by this disease,” said Foundation Chairman Carol Langsford.
Guest Speaker at the Ball, Professor Graeme Stewart AM - Director of the Institute for Immunology & Allergy Research at the Westmead Millennium Institute and Director of MS Research Australia - spoke of the significant contribution made by the Foundation and added 2010 will go down in history as a landmark year for MS research, the discovery of genes responsible for MS being almost complete.
“Many colleagues have stopped asking if we will find a cure for MS, but when. I have a dream to be there on the day we can go to our MS Clinic at Westmead Hospital and look into the eyes of MS patients to tell them we have a cure,” Professor Stewart said during his speech.
Guests at the Ball were treated to Guest of Honour, tennis legend Ken Rosewall, modestly reminiscing about his achievements with newly appointed Federal Member for Bennelong and Australian tennis champion, John Alexander. ABC’s Play School singer / songwriter Don Spencer, of ABC Play School fame, performed his unique and special tribute to Ken Rosewall, which guests thoroughly enjoyed.
With Master of Ceremonies Mark Beretta, Channel 7’s Sunrise at the helm, the Foundation’s honorary Auctioneer Craig Marshall, Century 21 Cordeaux Marshall in full flight and DMC Digital’s stunning video contributing considerably, the Ball was a great success.
Guests at the Ball were privileged to enjoy a sensational encore performance from Soprano Toni Powell, a person with MS, who continues to inspire everyone around her and who again received a standing ovation, as well as enjoying the beautiful music of Sydney Ensemble, Top 10 Australian Idol Tim Johnston and the fantastic Band Mimesis who played classic and pop fusion. All donated their valuable time to make a significant contribution to the success of the Ball.
“The theme for the Ball centred on the tenacity and ‘never give up’ attitude of sporting legends – if we dare to dream like sporting legends do, we can find a cure for MS”, said Director Roy Langsford. “We are incredibly grateful for the very generous support we continue to receive. Our sincere gratitude to everyone who contributed to the success of our Ball, all those who attended, our generous major Corporate Sponsors and the many Companies, people and organizations who donated the wonderful array of items.”
Sponsors and Supporters
Our heartfelt gratitude to the Trish Foundation’s Sponsors and Supporters for their generosity and significant support of the Foundation and of multiple sclerosis research. Please click here.
Sincere appreciation also to all our volunteers for giving their valuable time to contribute to the funds raised for multiple sclerosis research