On Saturday, 6 May, Northern Health Foundation hosted its first major fundraising event since the beginning of the pandemic – The Northern Health Foundation Fundraising Gala, in the stunning Plaza Ballroom on Collins Street, Melbourne.
The event showcased the incredible work being undertaken at Northern Health and highlighted the brilliance and innovation that stems from research right here in our northern community.
Research is an integral part of any health service. Innovations such as the Victorian Virtual Emergency Department (VVED) stemmed from ideas that eventually came to fruition. This platform now services all of Victoria, saving lives, and eliminating pressure on our Emergency Department by enabling patients to access care in the comfort of their homes.
Given the extreme weather on the night, the team was grateful for the incredible turnout of sponsors, corporates and executives who all enjoyed a wonderful evening. The night involved live and silent auctions, with Joe Horton from Nelson Alexander ramping up the crowd to maximise our fundraising efforts. A sincere thank you to ISS for their kind donation of the MCG Corporate Box which raised $8,000 alone during the live auction.
The support from the event made over $74,000 in proceeds alone for research at Northern Health, which is an incredible effort.
Melissa Grenville, Foundation Director, was thrilled with the outcome.
“This fabulous event was only made possible by the support of our sponsors and guests who danced the night away whilst raising valuable funds for our research department – what a fantastic effort by the Foundation team to ensure the success of the night,” Ms Grenville said.
A special thank you to our speakers, Jennifer Williams AM, Dr Katharine See, Dr Loren Sher, Nikolajs Zeps and Channel 7 reporter Christie Cooper, our wonderful MC for the evening.
We also thank our sponsors, New Epping, ISS, Lendlease, Ramsay Health Care, La Trobe University, RMIT University, The University of Melbourne, The SILC Group, That’s Amore Cheese, Nexus Primary Health, BankVic and Henry’s Cafe, as well as our entertainment which included the enigmatic Three Waiters, violinist, Evangeline Victoria and band Un-Limited.
Northern Health Foundation looks forward to holding its next Gala Fundraiser to continue raising much-needed funds for our growing community.