Melbourne, Australia, 24 May 2018 – The second annual ‘Bloody Good Dinner’ returned to Melbourne last night to huge success, raising a phenomenal $740,000 for urgent medical research.
The event was a collaboration between Snowdome Foundation and Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision to raise money to accelerate access to next generation treatments for blood cancers and bone marrow failure. The money raised will support three important medical research projects. A Career Development Fellowship in Research for women in haematology is one of the areas of focus. Like most other industries, women in medical research face barriers when it comes to attaining senior positions, and the ‘Bloody Good Dinner’ is looking to help change this by funding the position as well as providing mentorship from key female business executives.
Additionally, the money raised will help fund The Centre of Research Excellence in Bone Marrow Biology and thirdly, the Australian arm of an international trial to improve survival rates in patients with Follicular Lymphoma.
The ‘Bloody Good Dinner’ showcased the Australian duo behind New York City’s latest dining hotspot, Chinese Tuxedo. They provided 440 guests with a first-class food and drink experience. Chef Paul Donnelly designed the menu, and the owner and mixologist, Eddy Buckingham created custom cocktails for the event including a “Chinatown Sour” and “G+T+C” (gin and tonic and cider).
The menu included steamed snapper with ginger and soy dressing, aged O’Connor rib eye steak cooked over charcoal with Jiangsu dressing, watercress salad with snow peas, fennel, enoki mushrooms and soy balsamic dressing, charred cos lettuce with miso ranch and crispy furikeke, and the NYC restaurant’s famous “Chinese strawberries and cream” for dessert.
A raffle and auction was held on the night offering items and money-can’t-buy experiences donated by sponsors including, AFL, The Australian Ballet, Blakes Feast, BVLGARI, Captain’s Choice, Dann Event Hire, Mercedes Benz and Tennis Australia.
“We are beyond delighted with the total amount raised at Bloody Good Dinner 2018. It is with gratitude to the incredible generosity of our sponsors, donors and volunteers,” said Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision CEO, Nicky Long.
“As the custodians of the funds raised, we are focussed on several research projects immediately - one of which we are proud to be able to fully fund - the Gunn Family Career Development Fellowship for women in haematology.”
The ‘Bloody Good Dinner’ 2018 was hosted by Hamish McLachlan.
About The Snowdome Foundation
The Snowdome Foundation was formed in 2010 with a mission to accelerate next-generation treatments for Australian blood cancer (leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma) patients to help them live longer, better lives. It aims to fast-track access to new blood cancer treatments by channelling government and private philanthropic investments into ground breaking research, clinical trials, and personalised therapies. In many cases, clinical trials are the last ‘hope’ for patients. There is no other Australian organisation supporting the treatment of blood cancers in this way.
Since inception, Snowdome has extended 27 research grants representing over $16.5 million to fund over 40 multi-year research positions. The Snowdome Foundation in collaboration with Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision received the inaugural National Charity award in the 2016 Telstra Australian Business Awards in recognition of their outstanding work. In 2018, Snowdome and Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision ranked #59 in Financial Times 1000: High-Growth Companies in Asia-Pacific.
About Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision
Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision was founded by the Riewoldt family in June 2015 to celebrate the life of Maddie Riewoldt who died on February 24 2015 after a courageous five-year fight with Aplastic Anaemia, a blood disorder in which the body's bone marrow does not make enough new blood cells.
Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision, in collaboration with the Snowdome Foundation - a not-for-profit funding research into new treatments for blood cancers - aims to raise funds to #fightlikemaddie and find new treatments for Bone Marrow Failure. The vision is to find a cure for the syndromes that affect younger Australians (aged 17 – 40) every year.
Chinese Tuxedo is Eddy Buckingham and Jeff Lam’s contemporary Chinese restaurant located on Chinatown’s historic Doyers Street, which received a glowing two-star review from The New York Times. Set in a former opera house, guests can enjoy an enticing menu of traditional Chinese dishes with modern twists by executive chef Paul Donnelly. The bi-level space was once the headquarters for Chinatown’s notorious tong (gang) wars in the early 1900’s and has been restored by Lam and Buckingham, incorporating midcentury touches while retaining historical details such as the original pillars and stripped-down walls.