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The Trish MS Masquerade Ball


Almost 500 guests wearing majestic and mysterious masks joined the brothers Gilbert, Joint Patron Barry O’Farrell, Federal Member for Bennelong Hon John Alexander, tennis legend Ken Rosewall, Sponsors, entertainers and eminent MS researchers at The Trish MS Masquerade Ball held at Hilton Sydney on 12th September 2015.  



Greg McJarrow presenting the Singapore Airlines Ticket to the lucky highest bidders

Hosted superbly by Master of Ceremonies Kieran Gilbert, Chief Political Reporter for Sky News, the Ball raised almost $170,000 for MS research.  Kieran was joined by brother Tim, Channel 9 Sports Reporter, who shared amusing memories of Kerry Packer and interviewed Ken Rosewall.  Rounding out the trio of brothers Gilbert was Bill, a member of the Foundation’s Ball Committee, who was Master of Ceremonies at our inaugural major fundraiser in 2001 and many subsequent events, including our Trivia Nights.  

Guests were heralded into the Ballroom by Phantom alias Ball Committee member resplendent in costume, Phil Newman, who gave a masterful performance and ensured the Ball began as scheduled.  

The evening began with a video presentation produced pro bono again this year by DMC DigitalProfessor Graeme Stewart said on the presentation, “The Trish Foundation funding is very important not only because Government funding is harder and harder to achieve, but also because the Foundation’s funding has allowed scientists in Australia to do things that may be are just a little off the track, but in the end bring about terrific outcomes.”   Professor Stewart continued, “This is an extraordinary time to be working in MS research and I say that as one who has been working in the field for nearly forty years.  There isn’t a better year than 2015 because at last we are really starting to get the tools that can change the future for people with MS.”  

DMC Digital’s uplifting second video presentation, shown prior to Barry O’Farrell’s touching speech, featured Toni Powell and her gifted Kambala students and demonstrated Toni’s courage and inspiration in living with MS.  

Guests were treated to a stunning pro bono performance from flutist Janet Webb, Principal Flute Sydney Symphony and associate artist Jocelyn Fazzone, who brilliantly entertained guests. Additional entertainment came from the talented students in Kambala’s Chamber Orchestra and 4-piece band The Endless Summer Beach Party Band who had the Ballroom swinging with their dynamic music.  

Guest Speaker A/Prof Michael Barnett had the Ballroom spell-bound and said, “Many of the most spectacular discoveries in the last couple of decades have come from an isolated island in the Southern Hemisphere and while our cousins in the north somewhat disparagingly refer to us as the antipodes, I think it's fair to say that Australia truly punches above its weight in the field of MS research.”  A/Prof Barnett gave examples of Australia’s significant contribution to the global MS effort and continued, “These are just a fraction of the amazing research projects and programs that happen right here in the antipodes”.  

Emma Giunti gave a delightful expose on overworked fairy godmothers and their elves prior to the Live Auction, which was again professionally conducted by the Foundation’s honorary Auctioneer, Craig Marshall, Savills Cordeau Marshall.  

Guests generously made donations towards an Incubator Grant. On average, recipients of Incubator Grants are able to leverage 27 times the initial funding with prestigious grants from other funding bodies, including the National Health and Medical Research Council.  

Trish Foundation Chairman Carol Langsford expressed her sincere appreciation to everyone who contributed to this year’s Ball: “We are really blessed to receive awesome support from so many passionate, generous and wonderful people and organisations, which enabled us to raise significant funds for MS research at The Trish MS Masquerade Ball.  Our heartfelt gratitude to each of our guests, our very generous major Corporate Sponsors and donors and to each and every person who contributed to the success of our Ball and the funds we raised for research.”    

Our profound appreciation to the Trish Foundation’s valued Sponsors, Donors and Supporters for your great generosity and exceptional support of the Foundation and your tremendous contribution towards Kissing Goodbye to MS.  Please click here for more information.

Our great appreciation also to our hard-working volunteers for giving your precious time to contribute to the funds raised for multiple sclerosis research.


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