Grace Gala 2024 celebrated neonatal babies who thrive and the nurses that support them

03 June 2024 | Expected time to read: 3 minutes

The stage at Grace Gala 2024

On Saturday 1 June, a special community of donors came together to raise $1.5million for The Grace Centre for Newborn Intensive Care at The Children's Hospital at Westmead and the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. 

Grace Gala, presented by Lottery Office, was held at The Star Event Centre in Sydney. The celebrations were worthy of the iconic location, with Natarsha Bellina and Mark Beretta, OAM, hosting the incredible night with entertainment from DJ Sarah Roberts, consummate multi-instrumentalist Darren Powell, and the incredible Furnace and the Fundamentals!

The night included special tributes to the kids who benefit from the amazing work of the Grace Centre for Newborn Intensive at The Children's Hospital at Westmead and the Cerebral Palsy Alliance and the people who care for them.  

Grace Gala Co-chairs Nadia and Robert

Former Grace Centre patient Dimitra and her sister Sophia shared their experiences of being treated at the Grace Centre. A moving video highlighted the incredible work of the nursing staff at The Grace Centre for Newborn Intensive Care, including the Grace Book. A notebook patients and families receive when they leave the Grace Centre where nurses have celebrated the little wins of their littlest ones, while supporting the parents on their hardest days. The evening acknowledged that the care provided by The Grace Centre rests in the hands of the nurses who work there. 

The ongoing partnership between the Grace Centre and Cerebral Palsy Alliance (CPA) is incredibly important. Through early detection and continued support for CPA, babies cared for at the Grace Centre thrive to grow into expectational young adults and live full lives.  

Paintings on display for the Grace Gala silent auction

As we reflect on the success of Grace Gala 2024, we are grateful that, thanks to the generosity of donors across our movement of many, the evening exceeded all expectations, setting new standards of philanthropy in the 17-year history of Grace Gala. 

The event would not have been possible without the generosity of our Platinum sponsor Infinity Property Agents, Gold sponsor Aristocrat, and Silver sponsors Jeremy Bedwani, Sell & Parker and Employsure, helped make the night the success it was.  

The generosity of all Grace Gala donors will have a long-lasting impact now and into the future for countless newborns and individuals affected by cerebral palsy. It is through their remarkable contributions that The Grace Centre at The Children's Hospital at Westmead, and Cerebral Palsy Alliance can continue their vital work, providing essential care, support, and hope to those who need it most. 

Committee members at the Grace Gala

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