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Epworth went to Broadway!


Epworth went to Broadway last Saturday night as 1350 guests wined and dined in the Crown Palladium ballroom at the Epworth gala ball, this year raising funds in support of innovation at Epworth.

“This had been Epworth’s greatest year in its 96-year history”

-Group Chief Executive Alan Kinkade

In his welcome speech, Group Chief Executive Alan Kinkade had the above statement spelt out in a video clip played at the event which included Epworth’s recent patient satisfaction survey topping the nation; staff engagement at its highest level since records began; staff scholarships surpassing those provided by any other health organization in the country; record research grants awarded; major capital works being completed on several sites and new facilities opening at Epworth Richmond, Epworth Warrnambool and Epworth Geelong.

Kinkade went on to announce the establishment of a Centenary Fund to be founded this year and launched in Epworth’s centennial year in 2020. The interest from the corpus of the fund will secure the development of further innovation at Epworth in education, research and patient support programs in perpetuity.

More than a dozen people pledged $10,000 or more towards the establishment of the fund at the event. The room fell silent when Associate Professor Genie Pedagogos, announced that a grateful patient had pledged a further one million dollars in support of innovative research at Epworth. Guests gave a standing ovation in their appreciation of the anonymous donor’s generous gift.

The event was supported by major sponsor Medownick Laser Clinic, Associate Sponsors ANZ, Gallay Medical, Rauland, Technology One, Slade Pharmacy and Zouki and over fifty other corporate sponsors.

Entertainer Matt Hetherington was Master of Ceremonies encouraging everyone to dig deep on the 12 live auctions, 250 silent auctions and major raffle with first prize being business class flights to Europe with Singapore Airlines.

Other fabulous prizes up for grabs included a fabulous hospitality package with Levantine Hill winery, diamond jewelry from Catanach’s and exotic holidays in Sri Lanka and Myanmar.300x300_Tribute

Guests were blown away by a thirty-strong tap dancing troupe during the opening number on the main stage and other musical theatre acts inspired by some of Broadway’s much loved musicals.

Doctors, staff and friends danced the night away on the central dance floor and were entertained by black and white footage from famous Busby Berkeley choreography.

This event together with several others throughout the year is organized by the Epworth Medical Foundation under the guidance and support of the Epworth Special Events Committee chaired by Robyn Beddison OAM. Foundation staff members, committee members and bands of volunteers work tirelessly to ensure each event’s success.

This year the Epworth Board of Management agreed to match every dollar raised by the gala event, doubling the net profit on the night. Executive Director of the Epworth Medical Foundation, Scott Bulger said this magnanimous support enabled the event to raise a total of $3.2 million towards the establishment of the Centenary Fund which will support of innovation at Epworth in perpetuity.

Our lucky Raffle Ticket winners are:

Raffle 1: Europe with Singapore Airlines – A. Mullinger

Raffle 2: Village Cinemas – E. Sorrenson

Raffle 3: Crown Accomodation – S. Towns

To view and purchase professional photos taken on the night, please visit the Snappy Pics website.

For any other information regarding our Epworth Gala Ball please contact Kathryn Johnston on 9426 6359.

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