Trish MS Winter Wonderland Ball

Trish MS Winter Wonderland Ball

Saturday 31 August

Entry to the Trish MS Winter Wonderland Ball was through an igloo designed, built and decorated by Trish’s uncle Graham Easy and her cousin Shirley Harding.  With a Snowman in the Ballroom, skis on columns and signs created by Simon Calton, Australian Opera Props, to places such as Lapland and the North Pole, guests celebrated the last day of Winter and went home in Spring.

Leigh Sales, recently honoured with an AM, led the Ball, for the fourth consecutive year, with expertise and professionalism.

Leigh said, “It was such a pleasure to once again be part of this fantastic event raising money for MS Research.  Sadly, I’m already locked in to a stage show in Perth on the date of next year’s ball but I can’t wait to be back in 2021.  Unless we find a cure for MS before then!”

The Trish MS Research Award this year was awarded to extremely well-deserved winners Sue and Doug Meredith, DMC Digital, who have provided extraordinary personal and professional generosity to the Trish Foundation since 2003 and also significantly contributed in so many other ways.

The Foundation’s Joint Patron, Dr Brendan Nelson AO opened the Ball with a memorable speech and later spoke passionately about the Australian War Memorial experience he donated as a Live Auction Item.  With very strong bidding for this unique, money-can’t-buy experience, Dr Nelson stepped up to the lectern and committed to a second Australian War Memorial experience.  Truly exceptional support which greatly boosted the funds raised for MS Research Projects.

Leigh Sales introduced Trish’s nephew Thomas Langsford on the keyboard, who was joined mid-song by Trish Foundation resident soprano Toni Powell in a surprise performance, which had guests singing along to “Winter Wonderland”, the Ball’s theme song.

Chair of MS Research Australia, Richard Bergman spoke about the Foundation’s contribution to MS Research in Australia, following which Australian comedian Rodney Marks, hoax speaker and Corporate imposter, who was introduced as MIT Professor Cody Mann, 2007 Nobel Laureate in Physiology and Medicine, entertained his audience with clever humour, performing pro bono, as he had at our 2005 Ball at Parliament House.

Honorary Auctioneers Craig Marshall, who has expertly supported the Trish Foundation since inception, and Andrew Mason Sew & Sew Wines both excelled, raising record funds in the Live Auction.

Leigh Sales showcased her formidable skills, interviewing the Foundation’s Joint Patron Barry O’Farrell, Louisa Hope who is living with MS and A/Prof Fabienne Brilot-Turville, a neuroimmunologist Principal Research Fellow at the University of Sydney who heads the Brain Autoimmunity laboratory within Kids Neuroscience Centre at Kids Research at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.  A/Prof Brilot-Turville spoke of an Incubator Grant funded by the Trish MS Research Foundation which she received in 2010 and what that has meant for her career, as well as the remarkable progress she is achieving with her colleague A/Prof Russell Dale.

The Trish MS Winter Wonderland Ball was supported by the Federal Member for Bennelong, Hon John Alexander and Deborah and tennis legend Ken Rosewall and Wilma, who travelled specially from Queensland.  Also in attendance were members of the Foundation’s Scientific Research Committee, Professor Peter Russell and Professor Michael Barnett, as well as some of the world’s most eminent MS scientists, who have achieved some world-first ground-breaking discoveries.

First Prize in the Gala Raffle was Two Economy Class Tickets to anywhere on the Singapore Airlines network and accommodation at Fairmont Singapore, which ensured tickets were greatly in demand, the Gala Raffle raising record funds this year.

Trish’s mother Carol Langsford, Chair of the Trish Foundation, expressed her profound appreciation to everyone who supported the Trish MS Winter Wonderland Ball.

“We are truly blessed to continue to receive far-reaching extremely valued support of the Trish Foundation,” said Foundation Chair Carol Langsford.  “I always comment that we consider it a great honour to raise funds for Australia’s dedicated, hard-working MS scientists.”

“We are incredibly grateful to absolutely everyone who has contributed to the success of our Ball this year and to the funds we have raised for MS Research Projects.  Our Joint Patrons Dr Brendan Nelson and Barry O’Farrell, our Celebrity MC Leigh Sales, our pro bono contributors and performers, our generous Sponsors, Corporate VIP tables, donors, amazing, big-hearted supporters and our valued Team Trish volunteers continue to make a mammoth contribution to the Trish Foundation.  We were thrilled to raise over $200,000 for high quality MS Research Projects, only possible with the extraordinary support and great generosity we were blessed to receive.   We are greatly indebted to each and every person and organisation who has contributed.”

The Trish Foundation is very blessed to receive the valued support of extraordinarily generous Sponsors, Corporate VIP tables Donors and Supporters, to whom we are truly indebted.  Please click here for our Trish MS Winter Wonderland Ball Roll of Honour.  Our heartfelt appreciation also to our hard-working ‘Team Trish’ volunteers who give their precious time year after year and make a significant contribution to the Trish MS Research Foundation.


Roll of Honour

Our heartfelt appreciation to our Joint Patrons, Dr Brendan Nelson and Hon Barry O’Farrell, Celebrity MC Leigh Sales host of the ABC’s 7.30, honorary Auctioneers Craig Marshall and Andrew Mason Sew & Sew Wines, Entertainers Soprano Toni Powell and Trish’s nephew Thomas Langsford on the keyboard, our Band Jellybean Jam, DMC Digital for producing the Video Presentation pro bono, Australian Comedian Rodney Marks, interviewees our Joint Patron Barry O’Farrell, Louisa Hope and A/Prof Fabienne Brilot-Turville  our very generous major Sponsors, DMC Digital, Red Hill Estate, Singapore Airlines and Driving Solutions, our Corporate VIP tables, Bayer Australia, Red Hill Estate, CMS Consulting and Merck, as well as Saffo Jewellery, Turramurra Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank, Hillross CBD, Phillips Family Office, Biogen, Joseph P. Saad and Co., Trent Russell ILLVA Saronno and Spirits Platform for donating the Disaronno and Tia Maria cocktails, for generously providing iPads, Style Photo Booths for providing a Photo Booth pro bono, our valued Ball Committee, our hard-working volunteers, the very generous donors of so many fabulous Prizes and our very valued guests who attended our Ball and very generously contributed to the over $200,000 raised for MS research.

Please click here for Acknowledgements in our Roll of Honour.

Major Sponsors

Our sincere appreciation to the Trish Foundation’s major Sponsors for your exceptionally generous contribution to the Trish Foundation:



The Trish MS Research Foundation wishes to thank the following Companies, Sponsors, donors, people and organisations for your great generosity, Sponsorship, pro bono contributions, outstanding support and for your contributions to the funds raised at the Trish MS Winter Wonderland Ball for MS Research Projects:

Advanced Gemmological Services

Dylan Alcott

Hon John Alexander OAM MP

Belinda Alexandra, Author

Rick and Sue Anderson

Anglo Racing Academy

ANZ Stadium

Arbel Investment

Elizabeth Arrabalde

Isabelle Arrabalde

Australian Opera Props

Australian Turf Club

Australian War Memorial

Azrim Pty Ltd

Karl Azzi Hairdressers

Professor Michael Barnett

Bayer Australia

Bayfields Dee Why

Tim Beale, Anglo Racing Academy

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

Richard Bergman, Chairman MS Research Australia

Bertram Printing

Biogen Australia Pty Ltd

Alex Blackwell

BMW Advance 1 Driving Experience at SMSP

Bonville Golf Resort

Boronia Kitchen

Terry and Penny Boyle, Marcel Towers, Nambucca Heads

A/Professor Fabienne Brilot-Turville

Graham and Margaret Bryce

Muriel Buckeridge and Paul Laurenson

Lisa Burling, LBPR

Burnt Orange, Mosman

Bree Calderwood

Simon Calton, Australian Opera Props

Captain Cook Cruises

Castle Cove Family Dental

Catalina Restaurant, Rose Bay

Paul and Michael Chalker, Gladesville Guitar Factory

Dianne Chalker

Chester White Diner, Kings Cross

CMS Consulting

David and Jan Colchester

Jenny and George Comanos

Ana Corral-Kelly

Allan Coy, DMC Digital

Michael Cranston, Waterhouse Lawyers

Cricket New South Wales

CrossFit Athletic

Andrew Dagger

Christian D’Astoli, CrossFit Athletic

Brad Daymond, Bonville Golf Resort

DMC Digital Pty Ltd

Wendy Dodd

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

Eastwood Podiatry Clinic

Graham and Lorrie Easy

Encore Event Technologies

Frank and Judy Fabrizio, Red Hill Estate

Fairmont Singapore

Daniel Farrar, ANZ Stadium

Richard Ferguson, Bertram Printing

Emma Forsdick

Future Generation

John Ganderton

Carol Gibbons Photography

Bill Gilbert

Gilmour Foundation


Gladesville Guitar Factory

Neil Goss

Professor Gilles Guillemin

Gunners’ Barracks

GWS Giants AFL

GWS Giants Netball

Hai Au Lang Nuong Vietnamese Restaurant, Canley Vale

Todd Handy, East Hotel, Canberra

Shirley Harding

Harvey Norman

George Helou, Arbel Investment

Hillross CBD

Hilton Sydney

Louisa Hope

Amy Holman

Gemma and John Paul Hutchison

Hyland Express Digital Print

Tony Ienna, Hairdresser


Jellybean Jam

Phillip Johnston

Alan Jones AO

Jack and Alice Kapterian, Vivendi

Niall King OAM

Kirkton Park, Hunter Valley

Fez Krizak, Entertainment Bureau

Ku-ring-gai Financial Services Limited

Susan and Kyri Kyriakides, Style Photo Booths

Robyn and Paul Langsford

Roy Langsford OAM and Carol Langsford OAM

Thomas Langsford

David and Robyn Lavings, CMS Consulting


Dr Edwin Lim

Demetrios Livissianis

Rodney Marks

Macquarie Media

David and Karen Maltby

Mantra Sun City Resort, Surfers Paradise

Marcel Towers Nambucca Heads

Craig Marshall, Licensed Real Estate Agent

Meg Maskell Fine Jewellery

Andrew Mason, Sew & Sew Wines

Enrico Massi, CrossFit Athletic

Dr Emily Mathey

Kristy Mawson, Red Hill Estate

Kylie McCulloch, Podiatrist, Eastwood Podiatry Clinic

Mr Greg McJarrow, Area Manager NSW and ACT, Singapore Airlines

Sue and Doug Meredith, DMC Digital

Merck Serono Australia

Matthew Miles, CEO MS Research Australia

Brett Mitchell, Honorary Auditor

Andrew and Fran Mitton, Bathurst Tennis Centre

Dr Julia Morahan, Head of Research, MS Research Australia

Lauren Moran

Elouise Morris, Lindt & Sprungli

Dr Mary-Louise Moss, Dental Surgeon

Reg Mowat, Hardy Audio Productions

MS Research Australia

Dr Brendan Nelson, Director Australian War Memorial, Joint Patron

Gillian Nelson

Bronwyn and Phil Newman

NSW Golf Club

NSW Mounted Police Unit

Chris Odman, Sydney Motorsport Park

Barry O’Farrell Joint Patron

Rosemary O’Farrell

Opera Australia

Jessica Pedemont, Chocolate Artisan

Peppers Craigieburn Bowral

Pharmacy 4 Less Discount Chemist Top Ryde

Michael Phillips, Phillips Family Office

Jacqueline and Tristan Pidd

Professor John Pollard AO

Toni Powell, Soprano

Puss ‘n’ Boots Boarding Cattery

Radio 2GB

Red Hill Estate

Mark Reeve, Head Professional, Strathfield Golf Club

Michelle Renton

Neil and Belinda Robertson

John Roberts

Kay and Ron Roberts

Quality Hotel Noah’s On the Beach

Roseville Florist

Roseville Tennis Coaching

Ken Rosewall AM MBE and Wilma Rosewall

Professor Peter Russell

Sharon Russell

Trent Russell, ILLVA Saronno

Joseph Saad, Joseph P. Saad and Co.

Sam Saffo, Saffo Jewellery

Leigh Sales AM, Celebrity MC

Secure Parking Hilton Sydney

Gillian Seller, Director of Luxury Sales – Pacific, Accor

Sew & Sew Wines

Bill Shaw, Hyland Express Digital Print

Margaret and Peter Sheean

Singapore Airlines

Skydive Australia

Dr Ray Sleet and Robyn Sleet

Small Luxury Hotels of the World™

Tony Smallwood, Advanced Gemmological Services

“SOUTH HAVEN”, Upper Kangaroo Valley

South Pacific Cacao

Dr Genevieve Steiner

James Stewart and Jo Higson, Driving Solutions at SMSP

Chief Inspector Christopher Stiles, Commander, NSWPF Mounted Unit

Strathfield Golf Club

Style Photo Booths

Swissôtel Sydney

Sydney Awards and Trophies

Sydney Heritage Fleet

Sydney Motorsport Park

Sydney Prop Specialists

Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Taronga Zoo

Tennis Ranch All Sports

Kay and George Terry

Judy Tertini

The Lady Fairfax Charitable Trust

The Spanish Fly, Randwick

Vanessa and Matthew Thompson, Roseville Tennis Coaching

Geoff Thoroughgood OAM

Robyn Tolhurst

Tiffany Tran

Josh True and Rebecca Robin-True

Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank® Branches of Bendigo Bank

Tim Vial

Mandy and Peter Vilimaa


Volunteer workers

Paul Walton, CrossFit Athletic

Peter Walton, CrossFit Athletic

Gai Waterhouse Racing Stables

Tania Waterhouse, Waterhouse Lawyers

Paula Waugh

Andrew and Rowena Wills, Wills Brand Design

Wilson Parking QVB Car Park and Citigroup Centre

Adam Winter, Sydney Awards and Trophies

Woodend Pty Ltd

Sue Woodward

World’s Best Technology

Jeremy Wright

Daniel and Lin Yin

Sincere appreciation to our hard-working volunteers for giving your precious time to make a valued contribution to the Trish MS Winter Wonderland Ball and to the funds raised for multiple sclerosis research.