HMRI are pleased to announce that the Big Band Benefit Concert raised over $27,000 in funds for Cystic Fibrosis Research. We would like to thank the band for their huge effort in putting on a superb performance – Mark Wells, Robbie Long, Dave Carter, Jason Bone, Justin Ngariki, Brian Daly and Matt Gaudry.
Of course we want to thank all of our attendees too! We had over 500 people attend who came for a great night and gave generously to support this wonderful cause.
We would also like to thank all of our sponsors without which the concert would not have been possible.
Official Wine Sponsor
CF Platinum Sprosor
- QOH Architects
DF Golder Sponsors
- Paul Wilkinson
- SCION Audio
- Hot Rock Events & Catering
- deWitt Consulting
- St Pius X
- Col and Juliet Pearce
- Charlestown and Jesmond NRMA
- Bones Bakery
- The Comms Lab
- Mark Crosdale and Judy Wells
- Annemaree Wells
If you were unable to make it to the concert but still want to support Mark’s research fund, please consider making a donation.
About The Event
In 2013 Mark Wells and his 7 Piece Big Band played a sell out show to over 400 people, and raised over $20,000 for Cystic Fibrosis Research.
This year, the Big Band Benefit Concert is back, and will showcase some of his new material, plenty of tracks from his previous releases and a selection of surprising cover tunes.
The band features the cream of the crop of the Newcastle Music Scene, together for a rare special performance not to be missed.
The evening will also have a number of live and silent auctions, big ticket raffles, and a VIP Event that includes a stand up dinner and beverage package.
The Mark Wells’ 7 Piece Big Band include: Mark Wells, Bob Corbett (Toyota Starmaker and and Multi award winner), Dave Carter, Jason Bone, Justin Ngariki, Brian Daly and Matt Gaudry
Why HMRI and CF?
Mark has lived with Cystic Fibrosis from the time he was born and has personally benefitted from a number of HMRI trials that has changed his life.
“Being part of the trails at HMRI reminded me of how research can have a dramatic and personal impact on people’s daily lives,” Mark explains.
In 2013 Mark organised the first benefit concert to raise funds for further CF studies in the Hunter. The event was a sell out success, raising over $20,000 to support a project by CF Clinic Director and Respiratory Researcher Professor Peter Wark.
Prof Wark’s study is aiming to find inflammatory biomarkers that can help predict the onset of lung infections, allowing clinicians to start treatment prior to a flare up and save vital lung tissue from further damage.
Mark has big plans for the 2015 benefit concert and will be taking the opportunity to showcase some brand new material from his upcoming EP for the very first time.