The Margaret Pratt Foundation

2002 Events PDF Print
A Bewitching Evening
 
A great night of entertainment was enjoyed by all that attended The Witches of Eastwick on September 17th.  Fifty-five supporters of The Margaret Pratt Foundation were entertained by the all-singing and dancing cast featuring Marina Prior and Paul McDermott in this rather risqué and fun musical.  Watch for the next Theatre night to be held in 2003!!!
 
The Phantom India
 
Thursday 18th October 2001 was the night when friends and work colleagues got together over a tasty Indian feast and forgot about the calories, as it was for a good cause.  For those who are not aware, Mr Bhupi Singh, owner of the restaurant met Margaret when he attended cardiac rehabilitation at the Austin Hospital.  In gratitude for his recovery from heart surgery, Bhupi kindly allowed the foundation to have a fundraising dinner.

Guest speaker Jane Fletcher gave an insight to the effects of lung rejection, reminding us as to why we were there - thank you, Jane.  As Margaret was unable to attend the night, thanks go to Meredith Doery who spoke on her behalf.

With an abundance of food and a great deal of laughter, I'm sure everyone there would agree it was a great night.  Pauline Coulton was lucky enough to win the raffle and got to take home the bottle of Moet.  Thank you Cindy Watson for donating the champers.  Thanks go to Carol and Harold Draper who, after attending the dinner, donated $385.  This money was raised as a result of a Melbourne Cup Day fundraiser by three Masonic Lodges.

The Candlelight Series - Duo Sol Concert

On November 15th of last year the Margaret Pratt Foundation (MPF) Event Committee organised a concert featuring the renowned Duo Sol, a chamber music partnership of Caroline Almonte (piano) and Miki Tsunoda (violin).  The program was outstanding and the music was perfectly complemented by the venue, Succulence, the latest venture of Suzanne Forge the well-known interior specialist.  The venue was indeed a most apt setting for music of such high calibre; the MPF is most indebted to Suzanne in donating this venue for the evening.

For the evening, adding to its already exotic display of succulent plants and eclectic furniture was a multitude of candles.  The candles are the signature for the series of concerts continuing through to 2003 and its name is most appropriately The Candlelight Series.

The evening was one of beautiful music, delicious food and wine.  Sue and Luis Riebl of Tallarook Wines generously donated wines.  Their support to the MPF extended further than the night as they offered a 10% donation for all wine ordered on that evening.  Each guest received a special gift from Tiffany & Co.  Thanks go to Janelle Cummins for her support to this event.

As a prelude to the concert Margaret spoke of her experiences and the background to the MPF.  She spoke of the fundraising efforts of the Foundation and where and how the funds are directed.  She further elaborated on the Foundation's plans to award an annual scholarship to enable further research into lung transplantation.

Margaret then formally presented to Dr Tanya McWilliams, the recipient of the 2001 MPF Lung Transplant Research Scholarship.  Tanya responded by speaking of her background, her work and the need for further research.
 
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