"Sports of All Sorts"
Gala Charity Ball
The Trish Foundation's "Sports of All Sorts" Gala Charity Ball, supported by Guest of Honour Betty Cuthbert AM, Alan Jones AO Radio 2GB, Hon Brendan Nelson, Barry O'Farrell, Sporting Celebrities, generous sponsors and supporters, was a great success.
Guest of Honour Betty Cuthbert and Sarah Ross-Smith
Professor Peter Russell, a member of the Trish Foundation's Scientific Research Committee said, "We reached the $1M mark during the evening. Can you imagine what that has meant to MS researchers throughout our Australian universities?"
The Trish Foundation’s “Sports of All Sorts” Gala Charity Ball, held at Sofitel Wentworth Sydney on 16 September 2006, saw sporting stars from athletics, tennis, rugby league, cricket, water polo, basketball and golf get together on a magical night of fun and goodwill.
Following the success of the Ball, the Foundation has raised over $1 million for research to pursue the cure or preventive strategy for multiple sclerosis.
The “Sports of All Sorts” Gala Charity Ball was supported by champions in their field and the shining star of the evening was inspirational Guest of Honour Betty Cuthbert AM, who travelled from Perth especially for the evening. The highlight of the evening was the inspiring and moving Testimonial given to Betty by Alan Jones AO, Radio 2GB, celebrating Betty’s brilliant career and the prolonged standing ovation which followed.
Hon Brendan Nelson and Barry O’Farrell, both of whom have significantly supported the Foundation since inception, attended the Ball. Dr. Nelson gave a memorable speech, emphasizing hope for people with MS and delivering a message from the Prime Minister which said, in part, “Your organisation, in association with Multiple Sclerosis Australia and MS Research Australia, makes a vital contribution towards multiple sclerosis research. It is the dedication and innovative approaches of organisations such as yours that can make a significant difference to the lives of people affected by multiple sclerosis.”
With Master of Ceremonies Greg Clark, Fox Sports Rugby Commentator at the helm, the Trish Foundation’s Auctioneer Craig Marshall, Century 21 Cordeaux Marshall in full flight and DMC Digital’s touching video contributing considerably, the Ball was a roaring success.
The Ball was also supported by sporting greats Ken Rosewall (tennis), Wayne Pearce (rugby league), Jane Flemming (athletics), John Alexander (tennis), Debbie Watson (water polo), Brett Ogle (golf), Phil Blake (rugby league), Damian Keogh (basketball) and Brendon Julian (cricket). All gave generously of their time hosting tables, the Foundation’s guests having bid in an online auction for the privilege of sharing their company for the evening.
The Ball also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the MS Society in New South Wales and was a significant event for the MS Community.
The Trish Foundation and those with MS would like to say an enormous thank you to our Guest of Honour Betty Cuthbert, Alan Jones, Dr. Brendan Nelson, Barry O’Farrell, MC Greg Clark, Auctioneer Craig Marshall, DMC Digital, Ken Rosewall, Wayne Pearce, Jane Flemming, John Alexander, Debbie Watson, Brett Ogle, Phil Blake, Damian Keogh, Brendon Julian, the Foundation’s major Corporate Sponsor Symbion Laverty Pathology, Flashback, our major sponsors, each and every person who attended the Ball and supported the Trish Foundation so generously and the many companies, people and organisations who made generous donations.
Please click here for our thank you to the very many generous supporters who contributed to the success of our "Sports of All Sorts" Gala Charity Ball and the funds raised for MS research.