Gala ball raises $205,000 for vital medical research

Gala ball raises $205,000 for vital medical research

The Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) hosted its annual Gala Ball at Newcastle City Hall recently, celebrating the glamour and charm of Italy.

The event brought together 260 guests from all walks of life, for an evening of elegance, entertainment, and generosity, raising $205,000 to support vital medical research.

Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin, who delivered the evening’s formal presentation, emphasised the importance of community support in driving medical breakthroughs. “Through research, we bring hope and healthier lives to our community.”

The funds raised from the Gala Ball will directly benefit HMRI’s ongoing research initiatives aimed at improving health outcomes locally, nationally, and globally. HMRI remains dedicated to its vision of creating the healthiest million people on the planet.

The funds raised at the HMRI Ball allow us to support health and medical research that transforms the health of our community through new treatments and models of patient care across areas of need in our community such as stroke, heart disease, diabetes, dementia, cancer, respiratory diseases, and pregnancy, mental health and wellbeing and new and emerging areas of need such as climate health.

“This annual event would not be possible without the continued support of our local and national businesses who each year, give generously in support of medical research at HMRI. It is incredible to have the support of so many wonderful and giving community members. In this very tough economy, we thank them for their support, generosity and willingness to assist us; our community remains the cornerstone and strength of HMRI. It’s what makes us so unique,” said CEO and Institute Director, HMRI, Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin.

The night was filled with memorable moments, including an incredibly generous silent auction, as well as a live auction by renowned auctioneer Gavan Reynolds.

Building on a tradition established at earlier balls, the integration of science and art is still crucial to our mission.

HMRI Foundation Chair and Board Member, Kristie Atkins said, “The link between science and art is profound and multifaceted, intertwining creativity, innovation, and exploration. We continue to strengthen this link between HMRI and the arts community with a new initiative offering artists up to 30% commission to cover expenses for their donated work. This is a win-win for everyone,”.

“It is our way of saying thank you and that we appreciate you and your commitment to HMRI.”  Kristie said.

HMRI extends its deepest gratitude to all sponsors, donors, and attendees whose contributions make a significant impact on advancing medical research.

Special thanks to beverage sponsors, table sponsors, and auction item donors for their unwavering support.

IMAGE | MC Kate Haberfield announces total funds raised.

Hunter Medical Research Institute

The Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) is a translational research institute. Since 1998, its pioneering partnership with the University of Newcastle and Hunter New England Local Health District has delivered key translational health and medical research and technology closely aligned to community health needs.

Throughout Newcastle and the Hunter, more than 1200 clinical and biomedical researchers and support staff are employed across seven HMRI Research Programs, striving to prevent, cure and treat a diverse range of serious illnesses by translating research findings made in the laboratory and through advanced imaging techniques, into real health treatments and preventative strategies for the community.

HMRI provides vital funding and facilities to fuel research, but the heart and soul of the Institute are people, the researchers, the generous donors and supporters, the committed volunteers, and the patients who participate in trials and ultimately benefit from the research results.

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