Trish MS Roaring 20s Ball

Trish MS Roaring 20s Ball

Saturday 6 November - Sunday 7 November

What a night! Everyone was certainly ready to party as we rolled back the clock to the 1920’s. Hilton Sydney was transformed to 100 years ago with signposts leading to Al Capone’s place and Elliott Ness’ house, a whiskey still looking imposing in the Ballroom, supporters dancing to music of the era and guests resplendent in their Roaring 20s attire. One could easily have imagined it was the 1920s!

Guests were met by the trumpeting skills of Pani Karamanos who expertly performed during pre-dinner drinks, setting the scene for the evening.

Buoyed by a last-minute exemption from NSW Health, allowing all guests to be seated in the Ballroom, on our fourth attempt due to the pandemic, the Trish MS Roaring 20s Ball was a roaring success, with guests enjoying all the great wine donated by Red Hill Estate. The Foundation’s funds for MS Research were given a significant boost.

The Trish Foundation Patron, Dr Brendan Nelson AO delivered a room-stopping key-note speech. You could have heard a pin drop in the Ballroom, such was our guests’ captivation of Dr Nelson’s brilliant, dynamic speech. Our team of volunteers consider ourselves immensely fortunate to be blessed with Dr Nelson’s very significant contribution in so many ways since inception in 2000.

Expertly led by Skye’s Tim Gilbert who was assisted by his brother Bill, the Ball featured an enthralling interview by Tim Gilbert of Professor Graeme Stewart AM. Professor Stewart is a member of the Foundation’s honorary Scientific Research Committee. He has recently retired from clinical practice, however continues to contribute to MS research in the Westmead Institute for Medical Research and to teaching at the University of Sydney. Guests in the Ballroom learnt considerably from Professor Stewart’s interview and very informative thoughts.

A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Trish MS Research Awards. Previous winners have been Professor Gilles Guillemin AM and Dr Edwin Lim (2017), Dr Brendan Nelson AO and Hon Barry O’Farrell AO, Joint Patrons (2018), Sue and Doug Meredith, DMC Digital (2019), not awarded due to the pandemic in 2020 – and in 2021 the Trish MS Research Award was presented to four very special people who have been with the Trish Foundation since 1999, before the Foundation was born: Professor John Pollard AO, a member of our honorary Scientific Research Committee for that entire time, Professor Peter Russell, also a member of our honorary Scientific Research Committee for that entire time and an inaugural honorary Board member, Gail Russell, an inaugural honorary Board member, making a significant contribution and Wendy Dodd, an inaugural and continuing honorary Board member, continuing to make a significant contribution. Special mention was made of Wendy’s late husband David who was also an inaugural honorary Board member.

Honorary Auctioneer Craig Marshall, Marshall. Chan. Yahl., who has expertly supported the Trish Foundation since inception, showcased his great auctioneering skills, entertained guests and raised very valuable funds for research in the Live Auction.

Guests were directed to the screens in the Grand Ballroom at Hilton Sydney and enjoyed a Roaring 20s performance by amazing soprano Toni Powell and Thomas Langsford and were also entertained by the great music of Lets Groove Tonight.

First Prize and Second Prizes in the Gala Raffle were two magnificent rings donated by Saffo Jewellery, ensuring tickets were greatly in demand both online and in the Ballroom.

Carol Langsford, Chair of the Trish Foundation and Trish’s mother, expressed her immense gratitude to everyone who supported the Trish MS Roaring 20s Ball.
“Our team of volunteers is extremely grateful to everyone who contributed to the success of our Trish MS Roaring 20s Ball and to the funds raised for MS research. SO many very special people contributed to a wonderful evening and we express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone involved and to all our generous guests.”

“We are greatly indebted to absolutely everyone who has contributed to the success of our Ball this year and to the funds we are fortunate to have raised for MS Research. Our Patron Dr Brendan Nelson, our Celebrity MC Tim Gilbert and his brother Bill, Professor Graeme Stewart, our pro bono contributors and performers, our extraordinarily generous Corporate VIP tables, Sponsors, donors, awesome big-hearted supporters and our valued Team Trish volunteers all of whom continue to make a significant, extremely valued contribution to the Trish Foundation.”

Trish Foundation Director Roy Langsford added, “Given the extremely difficult circumstances prevailing with COVID-19 requirements, we commend our guests, volunteers and the Hilton Hotel personnel for their efforts in ensuring the successful running of our Ball”.

Roll of Honour

The Trish Multiple Sclerosis Research Foundation wishes to sincerely thank the following companies, people and organisations for their generosity, sponsorship, tremendous support and for their contribution to the funds raised for multiple sclerosis research:

  • Advanced Gemmological Services
  • Hon John Alexander OAM MP
  • Anglo Racing Academy
  • Antoine Captured Photography
  • Elizabeth Arrabalde
  • Isabelle Arrabalde
  • Australian National Maritime Museum
  • Australian Tennis Museum
  • Australian Turf Club
  • Karl Azzi Hairdressers
  • Professor Michael Barnett
  • Bayer Australia
  • Bayfields Dee Why
  • Tim Beale, Anglo Racing Academy
  • Bertram Printing
  • BMW Group Australia
  • Boronia Kitchen
  • Graham and Margaret Bryce
  • Jane Bugeja
  • Wanda Bushell
  • Professor Helmut Butzkueven
  • Lisa Burling-Blake, LBPR
  • Irene Calaizis-Vasil
  • Bree Calderwood
  • Simon Calton
  • Captain Cook Cruises
  • Patricia Carroll
  • Paul and Michael Chalker, Gladesville Guitar Factory
  • Dianne Chalker
  • CMS Consulting
  • Jenny and George Comanos
  • Community Bank Turramurra and Lindfield | Bendigo Bank
  • Allan Coy, DMC Digital
  • Cricket New South Wales
  • Cypress Lakes Resort, Pokolbin
  • Andrew Dagger
  • Leah Davies
  • DMC Digital Pty Ltd
  • Wendy Dodd
  • Adrian Dolahenty, Kurrajong Strategic Counsel
  • Peter Done, Retired Honorary Auditor
  • Gemma Dooley and Warwick Boys
  • Kevin and Joan Down
  • Driving Solutions at SMSP
  • Sergeant Melinda Duncan, Supervisor, NSW Mounted Police Unit
  • East Hotel, Canberra
  • Graham and Lorrie Easy
  • Encore Event Technologies
  • Entertainment Bureau
  • Frank and Judy Fabrizio, Red Hill Estate
  • Daniel Farrar, Stadium Australia
  • Fastrack V8 Race
  • Richard Ferguson, Bertram Printing
  • Ferrero Australia
  • Future Generation
  • Carol Gibbons Photography
  • Bill Gilbert
  • Tim Gilbert
  • Rhonda Gillam, the late Betty Cuthbert’s carer
  • Gilmour Foundation
  • Givergy
  • Gladesville Guitar Factory
  • Gochiso Japanese Restaurant Willoughby
  • Professor Gilles Guillemin AM
  • Todd Handy, East Hotel, Canberra
  • Shirley Harding
  • Jessica Henry
  • Hilton Sydney
  • Hunter Wealth
  • Gemma and John Paul Hutchison
  • Hyland Express Digital Print
  • Tony Ienna, Hairdresser
  • IGA X-press Collaroy Beach
  • Jack and Alice Kapterian, Vivendi
  • Kims Beachside Retreat Toowoon Bay
  • Niall King OAM
  • Fez Krizak, Entertainment Bureau
  • Ku-ring-gai Financial Services Limited
  • Kurrajong Strategic Counsel
  • Robyn and Paul Langsford
  • Roy Langsford OAM and Carol Langsford OAM
  • Thomas Langsford
  • David and Robyn Lavings, CMS Consulting
  • LBPR
  • Lennox Beach Resort
  • Liverpool Nissan
  • Demetrios and Laura Livissianis
  • MAC & Moro
  • Mantra Sun City Resort, Surfers Paradise
  • Craig Marshall, Marshall. Chan. Yahl., Licensed Real Estate Agent
  • Daniel Maskell
  • Meg Maskell
  • Meg Maskell Fine Jewellery
  • Dr Jennifer Massey
  • Kristy Mawson, Red Hill Estate and Grazing Boxes by Kristy
  • Bridget McNamara
  • Dr Lisa Melton
  • Sue and Doug Meredith, DMC Digital
  • Merck Healthcare
  • Dominic Monckton, The Wateryard
  • Emma Monckton
  • Lauren Moran
  • Dr Brendan Nelson AO Patron
  • Gillian Nelson
  • Elaina and Laurie Neville
  • Bronwyn and Phil Newman
  • Novartis
  • NSW Mounted Police Unit
  • Chris Odman, Sydney Motorsport Park
  • Opal Cove Resort Coffs Harbour
  • Ellyse Perry
  • Michael Phillips, Phillips Family Office
  • Professor John Pollard AO
  • Toni Powell, Soprano
  • Red Hill Estate
  • A/Prof Stephen Reddel
  • Neil and Belinda Robertson
  • John Roberts
  • Kay and Ron Roberts
  • Roseville Tennis Coaching
  • Professor Peter Russell
  • Sharon Russell, Slice Avenue
  • Trent Russell, ILLVA Saronno/Disaronno
  • Rydges Melbourne Hotel
  • Sam Saffo, Saffo Jewellery
  • Secure Parking Hilton Sydney
  • Bill Shaw, Hyland Express Digital Print
  • Margaret and Peter Sheean
  • Dr Ray Sleet and Robyn Sleet
  • Slice Avenue
  • Tony Smallwood, Advanced Gemmological Services
  • Dawn and Stuart Smith
  • Stadium Australia
  • Professor Graeme Stewart AM
  • James Stewart and Jo Higson, Driving Solutions at SMSP
  • Chief Inspector Christopher Stiles, Commander, NSWPF Mounted Unit
  • Sydney Awards and Trophies
  • Sydney Motorsport Park
  • Tamburlaine Winery
  • Taronga Western Plains Zoo
  • Tennis Australia
  • Judy Tertini
  • The Lady Fairfax Charitable Trust
  • Vanessa and Matthew Thompson, Roseville Tennis Coaching
  • Geoff Thoroughgood OAM
  • Craig Tiley, Tournament Director Australian Open, Chief Executive Officer Tennis Australia
  • Robyn Tolhurst
  • Josh True and Rebecca Robin-True
  • Bronwyn Varettas
  • Antoine Veling, Antoine Captured Photography
  • Tim Vial
  • Vivendi
  • Volunteer workers
  • Jason Wang, Dealer Principal Liverpool Nissan
  • Gai Waterhouse Racing Stables
  • Andrew and Rowena Wills, Wills Brand Design
  • Wilson Parking QVB Car Park and Citigroup Centre
  • Adam Winter, Sydney Awards and Trophies
  • The Woodend Foundation
  • World’s Best Technology
  • Jeremy Wright AM
  • Daniel and Lin Yin
  • Philip Zajac, Pullman Melbourne on Swanston

Sincere appreciation to our hard-working volunteers for giving your valuable time to contribute to the funds raised for multiple sclerosis research

Sincere gratitude to the Trish Foundation’s major sponsors for your generous and significant support