18 May 2009 Words: MiSociety Images: Bill Ranken and MiSociety
Launch of the The Biaggio Signorelli Foundation
Biaggio Signorelli was an extraordinary man – so began The Hon. John Ajaka’s Parliamentary tribute to the founder of the Doltone House Group.
In September of 2007 Biaggio was diagnosed with Mesothelioma, an Asbestos related Cancer. There is currently no cure or even an agreed treatment for the disease so very sadly Biaggio passed away less than a year later. Significantly over 3,000 people gathered at his funeral to bid Arrivederci to Biaggio.
From the battle endured and the ultimate untimely death of Biaggio the Biaggio Signorelli Foundation was born to help raise funds for research and treatment of this insidious and currently fatal disease.
Aptly Doltone House was the venue for the inaugural Biaggio Signorelli Foundation Gala Dinner. In these financially troubled times it is a testament to Biaggio, his family and the many people whose lives he touched that 700 people happily dug into their hip pockets to attend the fundraiser.
The connection between the Barnes and Signorelli families had David Campbell headlining the event but regretably he became ill at the very last minute. David’s heavily pregnant sister the fabulous Mahalia Barnes raced to the venue to fill the spot.
‘Opera in Disguise’ generated huge applause, trapeze artists whirled above the stage and joint M.C.s Jason Morrison from radio station 2GB and Glenn Wheeler from 2UE hammed it up running a lively auction with the inimitable Maria Venuti playing the ‘runner’.
The inaugural gala dinner in support of the Biaggio Signorelli Foundation raised over $200,000 on the night – if you would like to help support the foundation please see their website.Share
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