Trish MS Glitz & Glamour Ball

Trish MS Glitz & Glamour Ball

Saturday 10 September - Sunday 11 September

The Trish MS Research Foundation’s Trish MS Glitz & Glamour Ball, as well as being an entertaining evening, shone a light on the remarkable research progress over the past twenty plus years since the launch of the Foundation and the gave a window into the future for people living with multiple sclerosis and those who will be diagnosed in the future.

Some of the members of the Foundation’s honorary Scientific Research Committee, Professor Michael Barnett, Professor Graeme Stewart, Professor Helmut Butzkueven and A/Prof Stephen Reddel, were joined by Professor Heinz Wiendl all the way from Germany, as well as Professor Gilles Guillemin, Dr Steven Petratos, A/Prof Fabienne Brilot-Turville and Dr Grant Parnell.

“We were blessed to have all these eminent MS scientists attend our Ball. We are very grateful to each of them, as well as all the other wonderful people who supported our Trish MS Glitz & Glamour Ball in so many ways,” Trish’s Dad Roy Langsford said. “So many very special people and extremely generous, big-hearted Trish Sponsors, donors and supporters contributed to a terrific evening and to the significant funds raised for important, high-quality, peer-reviewed MS Research Projects.”

Our Ball was led brilliantly by Channel 7’s Johanna Griggs AM who did an expert, very professional job as Celebrity MC, creating warmth and love in the Ballroom. Johanna and Better Homes and Gardens went to extraordinary lengths to ensure she was in Sydney in time for our Ball. Two days prior to our Ball, Johanna was flown by helicopter from a ship where she was doing a shoot, enabling her to catch connecting flights and arrive in Sydney on the Saturday of our Ball. Our heartfelt gratitude Johanna – way, way ‘above and beyond’.

Special appreciation to DMC Digital for again producing the enthralling Video Presentation pro bono. The Video Presentation featured Melbourne-based Professor Helmut Butzkueven and Dr Steven Petratos. Dr Petratos said, “It is an exciting time and there are new biological therapies, new small molecule therapies that are on the way and this particularly is to address the unmet medical need of patients living with MS for long periods of time and particularly those with progressive MS”.

Guests at our Ball were treated to another memorable speech by the Foundation’s valued Patron Dr Brendan Nelson AO, who has supported the Trish Foundation since inception, making a significant contribution in extremely valued, immeasurable ways.

One of the highlights of the evening was the awarding of the 2022 Trish MS Research Award, which was awarded to Judy and Frank Fabrizio, Red Hill Estate. Judy and Frank have very significantly supported the Trish MS Research Foundation for over 10 years and again this year donated all the wine our guests enjoyed.

Our Ball also featured an enthralling, informative interview conducted by Professor Graeme Stewart who interviewed Professor Michael Barnett and Professor Heinz Wiendl giving valuable insight into progress in MS research over the past 20 years and unmet needs.

“The reality is that MRI has transformed the way we not only diagnose the disease but monitor it and also treat it,” Professor Barnett said. “I have been blessed to see the journey in MS therapy evolve. Managing our patients is a much more positive experience now than it was 20 years ago when we had such limited options that we could offer our patients.”

Professor Wiendl gave a snap-shot into the future. “There are two major unmet needs. To be able to tell the individual how exactly the disease journey will evolve in light of much more options. The biggest problem we are currently trying to solve is the neurodegenerative element. Not every attack against the central nervous system will recover. How can we improve that? How can we avoid that? This is the two key focus areas.”

Fantastic performances by acclaimed soprano Toni Powell accompanied by Pani Karamanos on trumpet, the surprise operatic performance of The Undercover Entertainers and Jellybean Jam, who had the Ballroom rocking, made major contributions to the fun and enjoyment of our Ball, as well as the accomplished performance of the principal musicians of The Modest Orchestra who entertained guests during pre-dinner drinks.

Guests very generously made donations towards a Trish Translational Research Project Grant which will commence January 2023. Trish Translational Research Project Grants must demonstrate direct relevance for the prevention and/or reversal of disability in MS and must also demonstrate a clear, feasible pathway for clinical implementation, so the prospect of far-reaching impact. An announcement regarding the successful Applicants will be made before the end of the year.

A truly uplifting part of the evening was the presence of the inspirational Jen Willis. Jen is embarking on a 51-day expedition to the Himalayas where she will summit Mera Peak (6476m) and then the spectacular and technical mountain, Ama Dablam (6812m) to raise money for the Trish MS Research Foundation, MS Australia and the Forum for the Welfare of Himalayan Children. Having MS has motivated Jen to realise her childhood dream of becoming a mountaineer, and through this amazing adventure by raising funds to help others. The well-deserved ovation given to Jen in the Ballroom demonstrates the mammoth task she is undertaking.

Trish’s Mum Carol Langsford, Chair of the Foundation expressed her heartfelt gratitude to everyone who contributed to the success of the evening and the funds raised for high-quality MS Research Projects, specifically Trish Translational Research Project Grants.

“Year after year our Ball continues to raise much needed funds for MS research. We are passionate about contributing to solving progressive MS and I continue to be blown away by the generosity of our Sponsors, our Corporate VIP tables, our donors and supporters. The expert, pro bono contribution of Johanna Griggs, our Patron Brendan Nelson’s exceptional contribution and the outstanding support of so very many others really means the world to us. Our volunteer team is truly thankful for the extremely valued support we continue to receive.”

“We are incredibly blessed to receive awesome support from so many passionate, generous, wonderful people, Corporations and organisations to whom we owe a huge debt of gratitude.”

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:

  • Melissa Achten, President Tennis NSW
  • Advanced Gemmological Services
  • Susan Alexander, Author
  • Anglo Racing Academy
  • Professor Patsy Armati AM
  • Elizabeth Arrabalde
  • Isabelle Arrabalde
  • AusScot Electrical
  • Australian National Maritime Museum
  • Australian Racing Drivers’ Club
  • Australian Turf Club
  • Karl Azzi Hairdressers
  • Bannisters Port Stephens
  • Professor Michael Barnett
  • Bayer Australia
  • Bayfields Dee Why
  • Tim Beale, Anglo Racing Academy
  • Bertram Printing
  • Beyond Fire
  • Boronia Kitchen Hunters Hill
  • Graham and Margaret Bryce
  • Muriel Buckeridge
  • Jane Bugeja
  • Wanda Bushell
  • Professor Helmut Butzkueven
  • Lisa Burling-Blake, LBPR
  • Professor Helmut Butzkueven
  • Bree Calderwood
  • Simon Calton
  • Captain Cook Cruises
  • Castle Cove Family Dental
  • Catalina Restaurant Rose Bay
  • Paul and Michael Chalker, Gladesville Guitar Factory
  • Dianne Chalker
  • Chester White Cured Diner
  • CMS Consulting
  • Jenny and George Comanos
  • Community Bank Turramurra and Lindfield | Bendigo Bank
  • Allan Coy, DMC Digital
  • Cricket New South Wales
  • Crystalbrook Byron, Byron Bay
  • Stu Curran, Chester White Cured Diner
  • Cypress Lakes Resort, Pokolbin
  • Andrew Dagger
  • Designa Accessories
  • DMC Digital Pty Ltd
  • Wendy Dodd
  • Adrian Dolahenty, Kurrajong Strategic Counsel
  • Peter Done, Retired Honorary Auditor
  • Driving Solutions at SMSP
  • Sergeant Melinda Duncan, Supervisor, NSW Mounted Police Unit
  • Graham and Lorrie Easy
  • Encore Event Technologies
  • Entertainment Bureau
  • Frank and Judy Fabrizio, Red Hill Estate
  • The Lady Fairfax Charitable Trust
  • Daniel Farrar, Stadium Australia
  • Fastrack V8 Race
  • Richard Ferguson, Bertram Printing
  • Future Generation
  • Carol Gibbons Photography
  • Bill and Margaret-Anne Gilbert
  • Rhonda Gillam, the late Betty Cuthbert’s carer
  • Bill Gilmour Tennis Foundation
  • Givergy
  • Gladesville Guitar Factory
  • Johanna Griggs AM
  • GWS Giants AFL
  • GWS Giants Netball
  • Professor Gilles Guillemin AM
  • Mall Hall, Red Bull Racing
  • Shirley Harding
  • Hilton Sydney
  • Hunter Wealth
  • Gemma and John Paul Hutchison
  • Hyland Express Digital Print
  • Tony Ienna, Hairdresser
  • IGA X-press Collaroy Beach
  • Jellybean Jam
  • Jonah’s Whale Beach
  • Jack and Alice Kapterian, Vivendi
  • Pani Karamanos
  • 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
  • David and Robyn Lavings, CMS Consulting
  • LBPR
  • Damien Lehmann, Lehmann Law Group
  • Liverpool Nissan
  • Demetrios Livissianis
  • Alex and Portia Malinowski
  • Marcel Towers, Nambucca Heads
  • 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
  • Mayday Recruitment
  • Peta McElhone
  • The late Bridget McNamara
  • Dr Lisa Melton
  • Hollie Meredith
  • Sue and Doug Meredith, DMC Digital
  • Lana Miller
  • Emma Monckton
  • My Generation
  • Dr Brendan Nelson AO Patron
  • Gillian Nelson
  • Bronwyn and Phil Newman
  • Novartis
  • NSW Mounted Police Unit
  • Chris Odman, Sydney Motorsport Park
  • Jenny O’Keeffe, GWS Giants
  • Opal Cove Resort Coffs Harbour
  • Jane Perkins
  • Peppers Moonah Links Resort, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
  • Dr Steven Petratos
  • Michael Phillips, Phillips Family Office
  • Michelle Placks
  • Professor John Pollard AO
  • Toni Powell, Soprano
  • Puss ‘n’ Boots Boarding Cattery
  • A/Prof Stephen Reddel
  • Red Hill Estate
  • Red Hill Estate Cellar Door
  • Red Hill Estate Wine Club
  • A/Prof Stephen Reddel
  • Neil and Belinda Robertson
  • John Roberts
  • Kay and Ron Roberts
  • Jane and Anthony Rocca, Beyond Fire
  • Roseville Tennis Coaching
  • Anthony and Anita Royle
  • Professor Peter Russell
  • Sharon Russell, Slice Avenue
  • Trent Russell, ILLVA Saronno/Disaronno
  • Joseph P Saad & Co
  • Sam Saffo, Saffo Jewellery
  • Secure Parking Hilton Sydney
  • Sevan Apartments, Forster
  • Bill Shaw, Hyland Express Digital Print
  • Margaret and Peter Sheean
  • Skydive Australia
  • Dr Ray Sleet and Robyn Sleet
  • Slice Avenue
  • Tony Smallwood, Advanced Gemmological Services
  • Dawn Smith
  • Stuart Smith
  • Stadium Australia
  • St Patrick’s Rugby Club
  • Professor Graeme Stewart AM
  • James Stewart and Jo Higson, Driving Solutions at SMSP
  • Chief Inspector Christopher Stiles, Commander, NSWPF Mounted Unit
  • Imogen Storie, Mayday Recruitment
  • Jack Storie, AusScot Electrical
  • Sydney Awards and Trophies
  • Sydney Motorsport Park
  • Tamburlaine Winery
  • Taronga Western Plains Zoo
  • Tennis Australia
  • Tennis NSW
  • Tennis Ranch All Sports
  • Judy Tertini
  • The Lady Fairfax Charitable Trust
  • Geoff Thoroughgood OAM
  • Craig Tiley, Tournament Director Australian Open, Chief Executive Officer Tennis Australia
  • Robyn Tolhurst
  • Josh True and Rebecca Robin-True
  • Bronwyn Varettas
  • Tim Vial
  • Lyn Veil, Designa Accessories
  • Peter and Mandy Vilimaa
  • Vivendi
  • Volunteer workers
  • Jason Wang, Dealer Principal Liverpool Nissan
  • Natalie Waugh
  • Paula Waugh
  • Professor Heinz Wiendl
  • Jen Willis
  • 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