The Trish MS Ball
Trish Multiple Sclerosis Research Foundation’s highly anticipated annual Ball
lived up to its theme of Kissing Goodbye to MS at the Hilton Sydney Grand
Ballroom on Saturday 13 September, raising
over $175,000 for vital MS research.
Lisa Pisani Dimech, Singapore Airlines presentation to the lucky highest bidder, Juliette Bradley
Hundreds of supporters were present at the “Kiss
Goodbye to MS” themed ball, which was hosted by the Chief Political Reporter
for Sky News, Kieran Gilbert, who
was supported by the Foundation’s inaugural Master of Ceremonies, Bill Gilbert.
The evening began with a video presentation
produced pro bono again this year by DMC
Digital, which showcased the great hope that a cure is not far away.
Guests were treated to an inspiring pro bono
performance from world-renowned concert pianist Simon
Tedeschi, who is one of
Australia’s most renowned and sought-after pianists. Simon has been awarded
several prestigious prizes and has performed in major concert halls around the
world and for world leaders such as George W. Bush, Nelson Mandela, and the
Guest Speaker Mark Tedeschi
AM QC, Senior Crown
Prosecutor for NSW captivated guests with his thoughts on the jury system in
New South Wales in comparison to the judge only system in the Oscar Pistorius
trial in South Africa.
Gemma Veling gave a moving speech, prior to the Live
Auction which was again expertly conducted by the Foundation’s honorary
Auctioneer, Craig Marshall, Century
21 Cordeau Marshall Group.
Gilbert interviewed Professor Graeme
Stewart AM who reminded guests that when the Trish Foundation started in
2001, the world was aware of one genetic factor that contributed to MS.
2007, it had gone to two. In 2011, it
got to 50 odd, 110 in November last year, now 160,” said Professor
Stewart. “All these genes fit into
patterns of pathways that control the immune system and drive the immune system
to attack the brain. This is a very
exciting time and things are going extremely well.”
were treated to a sensational rendition of ‘You Raise Me Up’ from acclaimed soprano Toni Powell and her star
pupil Jessica Zylstra. Kambala's Chamber Orchestra made
a great contribution entertaining guests during pre-dinner drinks and our
guests danced the night away to the 5-piece Band, Hit Machine.
Joint Patrons Hon Barry
O’Farrell, State Member
for Ku-ring-gai and Dr Brendan Nelson,
Director Australian War Memorial gave memorable speeches and continued their
significant support of the Foundation.
Trish’s mum Carol Langsford, Chairman of the
Foundation, expressed her gratitude to those who support the event and cause.
“Year after year this event continues to raise much needed funds for MS
research. We are passionate about saving the suffering caused by this disease
and I am blown away by the generosity of our Sponsors and guests and I am truly
thankful for their fantastic support”.
“So many people, companies and organisations made
very generous and significant contributions to the success of our Ball and the
funds we raised for MS research and we really are incredibly grateful to to
each of them.”
Our heartfelt appreciation to the Trish Foundation’s valued Sponsors, Donors and
Supporters for your great generosity and tremendous support of the
Foundation and your fantastic contribution towards Kissing Goodbye to MS. Please click here.
Our great gratitude also to our hard-working volunteers
for giving your valuable time to contribute to the funds raised for