The Snowdome Foundation and Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision have joined forces to create the Bloody Good Dinner, a fundraiser showcasing Merivale’s newest restaurant, Fred’s, in Melbourne on Wednesday, 7th June.
Talented head chef Danielle Alvarez will fly down to create an exclusive menu for the evening, that will be presented alongside a line-up of other special partners connected to the cause. This will be a fundraising dinner at $500/head to experience a tailored, ethically produced seasonal fare menu put together by Chef Danielle Alvarez. Merivale CEO Justin Hemmes has partnered with the Snowdome Foundation and Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision because they both exist to help find a cure for blood cancers. Hemmes’ father, Mr John Hemmes, sadly lost his battle with multiple myeloma (a currently incurable form of blood cancer) in 2015.
The event will be hosted at Melbourne’s historic Meat Market Pavilion and Alvarez will design an exclusive menu based on her ‘farm found’ philosophy, a way of connecting diners to the places their food actually comes from. The Bloody Good Dinner is aiming to raise $300,000 on the night. Already, some of Melbourne’s highest profile business, media and sporting talents have pledged their attendance and support. AFL greats, Nick and Jack Riewoldt, will touch on their family’s personal loss. All profits from the dinner will go towards a world-first medical research project that is focused on targeting and treating blood cancers and bone marrow failure at a genetic level. This knowledge will help us to get the right cutting edge treatment to the right patient at the right time, giving blood cancer and bone marrow failure patients far better outcomes and quality of life. These fatal diseases show no discrimination; affect all ages, ethnicities and lifestyles. Blood cancer has the third highest mortality rate of any cancer in Australia, and bone marrow failure affects up to 140 young people each year, yet so little is known about the causes.
The collaboration between the Snowdome Foundation and Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision and the impact they have had on medical research was publicly recognised when they won the inaugural Telstra Business Award in the Charity category in 2016.