A happy reunion and new record for the HMRI Ball

Jul 15 2022

HMRI Ball 2022 at City Hall in Newcastle
The 2022 HMRI Ball at City Hall in Newcastle

After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the HMRI Ball returned, with the 2022 HMRI "Reunion" Ball at Newcastle City Hall on Saturday the 25th of June.

The ball broke all previous records raising almost $200,000 for medical research.
HMRI Institute Director Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin gives the opening address at the 2022 HMRI Ball
HMRI Institute Director Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin gives the opening address at the 2022 HMRI Ball
HMRI Director Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin said it was wonderful to see the ball back in action.

"The last few years have been difficult for the Hunter community and while COVID-19 is still very much with us it was great to see so many of our supporters in person again," Professor Kay-Lambkin said.

"On behalf of everyone at HMRI I am so grateful for the generosity of our community who have raised so much money to support our research."

The ball featured an array of unique prizes for auction and raffle, including exquisite pearls for the raffle, a European Cruise and unique experiences.

The 36 auction prizes were all donated by generous businesses and community members.

Auctioneer Craig Rosevear conducts the live auction at the 2022 HMRI Ball
Auctioneer Craig Rosevear conducts the live auction at the 2022 HMRI Ball

One of the standout items for auction was this year's HMRI Art Series painting "Seahorse" by Melisah May, which sold under the hammer for $14,000!

Seahorse is based on the work of HMRI's 2021 Researcher of the Year Neuroscientist and Psychiatrist, Professor Michael Breakspear.

The HMRI Art Series is made possible by the generous support of the Piggott Family.

Anthony Piggott from Piggott's Pharmacies and Susan Michilis from the HMRI Foundation and ball organiser stand with the 2022 HMRI Art Series painting "Seahorse" by Melisah May
Anthony Piggott from Piggott's Pharmacies and Susan Michilis from the HMRI Foundation and ball organiser stand with the 2022 HMRI Art Series painting "Seahorse" by Melisah May.

A huge thank you to all our sponsors and donors, including major sponsors and those who donated to our live auction Walkom Real Estate, Piggott's Pharmacy and Markey Insurance, Williams the Jewellers, Scenic Tours, Tim Montgomery, Tony and Karen Haggarty, Tony and Mel Calder-Mason, and ASX.

Guests on the dancefloor at the 2022 HMRI Ball
Guests on the dancefloor at the 2022 HMRI Ball