The BrainChild Ball
Each year The BrainChild Ball takes guests to an exotic location for a night of glamour, discovery, taste and adventure all in the name of fundraising and awareness.
The BrainChild Ball was founded by Victoria Fitzgerald following the diagnosis and treatment of her daughter Abigail (our 2016 BrainChild).
And every year we share the story of a child who has experienced brain cancer – our BrainChild. Their journeys highlight the struggle of life with childhood brain cancer and highlight the devastating effects this disease has on both the child and their family.
Every year, guests enjoy a three course dinner, fantastic entertainment, the chance to bid on some incredible live auction and silent auction items. They also have an opportunity to win a Forevermark Diamond from Mazzucchelli’s at our Champagne Diamond Bar; or a luxury men’s sports watch at our Sports Bar presented by Mazzucchelli’s and Gage Roads.
The primary purpose of The BrainChild Ball is to raise funds for the BrainChild Fellowship, a position currently held by Dr Raelene Endersby, co-head of the Brain Tumour Research Program at the Telethon Kids Institute.
2020 BrainChild Ball – Carnaval | Friday 18th September
The Pirate Ship Foundation proudly presents our fifth BrainChild Ball – Carnaval. Adventure with us as we travel to Brazil on Friday 18th September 2020, in the Grand Ballroom at Crown Perth for our premier black tie event.
Brazil conjures up images of beaches, soccer, rainforest, barbeques, Rio de Janeiro and of course its famous Carnaval. Think of Brazil and you can’t help but think of all that is colourful, vibrant, fun and beautiful. And underpinning all the images of Brazil is passion. They do nothing by halves, and neither will we.
Research into finding better treatments and ultimately a cure for childhood brain cancer takes commitment, drive and passion. It also requires us to come together, to show that we too have the passion to stop at nothing to achieve our vision of happy healthy children free of brain cancer.
The Foundation is proud to announce that over 90% of funds raised across all its activities in 2019 has gone directly to the cause. We aim to achieve a very similar result in 2020.
In its four years the Ball has raised over $1,000,000. This has funded the BrainChild Fellowship, held by Dr Raelene Endersby, Co-Head of the Brain Tumour Research Program (BTRP) at the Telethon Kids Institute. Funds raised over and above those required for the BrainChild Fellowship are contributed towards the BTRP teams conducting childhood brain cancer research programs. This has included research into some of the most lethal brain tumours in children and ground breaking research into immunotherapy.
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Past BrainChild Balls
2019 – La Dolce Vita
Proudly Presented by True North Adventure Cruises
The Pirate Ship Foundation’s 4th annual BrainChild Ball – La Dolce Vita – presented by True North Adventure Cruises, can only be described as magnifico!
A massive $402,000 was raised to fund vital childhood brain cancer research, including at Telethon Kids Institute. That means that in just 4 years The BrainChild Ball has contributed over $1 million to advance discovery in childhood brain cancer research!!!
An evening like this doesn’t happen by itself and we are very grateful to our guests, sponsors, BrainChild Butterflies, supporters, volunteers, incredible entertainers and the BrainChild Ball committee.
An extra thanks must also go to our special guest Princess Bonnie and her mum Pipa for showing incredible courage in sharing their story https://youtu.be/zxhOryiLYW8.
While the Ball represents another big step towards happy healthy children free of brain cancer, there are many more to take.
A massive thank you once again and we look forward to seeing you all again next year!
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2018 – Australis
Our Australis BrainChild Ball was as the name suggests a celebration of all things Australian. Over 450 guests honoured the memory of Sindi, who was diagnosed with brain cancer at two years of age and passed away at four years.
Sindi’s Fund was established on this night raising a massive $111,000 to kick start research into this program.
Guests enjoyed a themed menu and true blue Aussie performances by the Australian Girls School Choir and local band Violette River helped us dance the night away. The 2019 BrainChild Ball raised a total of $292,000.
2017 – Issho Ni
The Japanese phrase for “together” encapsulated the spirit of the 2017 BrainChild Ball as guests came together to raise an incredible $210,000.
2016 – La Gourmet Soiree
Our Inaugural event, La Gourmet Soiree, celebrated the best of all things France, in particular the menu designed by Chef Guillaume Brahimi. Raising over $120,000 it certainly was a night to remember.