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The Trish MS Ball

The 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 Dalai Lama.

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.

Kieran 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.

“By 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.”

Guests 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 multiple sclerosis research.



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