50th Anniversary Garden Gala

Spring had definitely sprung on Saturday 2 September, when lavish floral blooms and sparkling chandeliers greeted guests at Muscular Dystrophy WA’s 50th Anniversary Gala.

More than 250 guests packed into the Pan Pacific Golden Ballroom for the special occasion, hosted by Today Tonight’s Monika Kos.

Pre-dinner Pimms pop up bar and freshly shucked oysters by Andy Grljusich set the tone for an evening full of surprises.  Guests were treated to a spine tingling performance by Indi Singer/ Songwriter Bernardine, a centre stage show by aerobatic artist Miss Gail Force and a live painting by artist in residence, Jacob “Shakey” Butler.

Jacob painted a majestic white peacock which represented society’s ability to find beauty in nature’s flaws. The white peacock is born with a genetic mutation and we see this as unique and beautiful, people with muscular dystrophy are also born with genetic mutations. Jacob’s message was about accepting and celebrating our flaws and differences.

Our great friend Tiny Holly led a spirited auction assisted by fellow Ambassador, Simon Beaumont.

Some of the most popular auction items were stunning digitized artworks, painted by children in the muscular dystrophy community.

Guests were also given the opportunity to pledge to the MPowerment Fund. This potentially life-changing new initiative will enable members of the muscular dystrophy community to live more empowered, full lives, through the provision of practical financial support.

Once the formalities were over, we kicked up our heels as Proof the Band kept everyone on the dancefloor until midnight.

Most heart-warming of all during the Gala was the overwhelming sense of friendship, spirit and community – we were all there for the same reason – we are connected by muscular dystrophy and are willing to make a difference.  Together we are better.