Sydney’s largest charity dinner welcomes 2500 guests

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEDIA RELEASE

SYDNEY’S LARGEST FUNDRAISING DINNER WELCOMES 2,500 GUESTS
Biaggio Signorelli Asbestos Foundation

‘10 Year Tribute Autumn Gala Dinner’

Held Wednesday 30 May 2018

The Founders of Doltone House Group, the Signorelli Family, lost their father to Mesothelioma (asbestos cancer) 10 years ago. On Wednesday night (30thMay 12018), to mark a decade since his passing, they put together one of the largest and most extravagant fundraising dinners Australia has ever seen.

Attendance: Over 2,500 guests (over 250 tables, divided into 8 sections)

Venue: Doltone House, Australian Technology Park

Fundraising target: $1 million

Entertainment: Marina Prior, Mark Vincent, 40 piece Sydney Chamber Orchestra, Martin Club Band and the Knafeh Bakery Boys.

Co-Hosts: Logie award winner Kerri-Anne Kennerley and Mo Award winner Vince Sorrenti 

The Signorelli family ensured guests were well looked after with a bottomless supply of stunning cocktails, beer, wine and spirits, as well as an amazing four course feast.

Guests stemmed from the Government, the business world and the health and medical research communities.

Every inch of the room was filled with excitement – pop up bars, gelato vans, a fresh produce display (fruit, vegetable and flowers), styled in the late Biaggio’s restored fruit truck that guests were invited to raid at the end of the night, branded tracks, pyrotechnic displays and much more.

Photos from the night are available here.

The Signorelli Family has held countless events in their lives, but nothing ever like this. The night went off without a hitch, with all 2,500 guests seated within one hour of doors opening and all meals served quickly and efficiently.

The Chairman of the Biaggio Signorelli Asbestos Foundation, Biaggio’s son Paul said that the Foundation was overwhelmed by the support of the community.

“This was an extremely important occasion for both our Foundation and for my family. We have witnessed first-hand what a truly devastating disease Mesothelioma is,” Paul said.

“My father’s final words to me were “help save others”. I am extremely proud to say that we have spent the past 10 years doing just that – funding both medical research and medical treatments. Our 10 Year Tribute Gala dinner really took my father’s great legacy to the next level.”

The Foundation raised over $1 million on the evening. 

The Signorelli Family is available for interview to discuss how they managed to pull off this spectacular evening.

Media contacts:
Ashleigh Addison, Uptown Communications [email protected]0418 274 428
Patty Barrett, Uptown Communications [email protected]0414 437 608

The Leader – featuring Baggio Signorelli

The St George and Sutherland Shire Leader featured an article on Biaggio Signorelli for his induction into the Multicultural Honour Roll. 

You can read the full article here 

 

Biaggio Signorelli inducted into the Multicultural Honour Roll

 

Media Release

Founder of Doltone House Group, the late Biaggio Signorelli has been inducted into the Multicultural Honour Roll

The late Biaggio Signorelli, Founder of Doltone House Group, was inducted into the Multicultural Honour Roll at the Premier’s Harmony Dinner on Wednesday 21st March, 2018.

Biaggio arrived in Sydney in 1954 with nothing more than a suitcase, as a 19-year-old migrant from the small Sicilian town of Poggioreale. He couldn’t have dreamed of the incredible Sydney hospitality legacy he would leave his children and grandchildren.

Over the years Biaggio supported many migrant’s integration into Australian society as well as supporting them and their families’ wellbeing, social inclusions, harmony and services.

During his career Biaggio donated funds to many Italian associations in Sydney.  

Below is a list of some of the organisations but not limited to that Biaggio generously supported and contributed towards:

Five Dock Learning Centre

Italian Association of NSW

Italian Carabinieri of Australia

Italian Chamber of Commerce

Italian National Day

Italian Opera Foundation

San Giorgio Martine Association

San Vittorio Association

San Antonino Assocation 

San Rocco Association

Sicilian Earthquake Fund

St George / Sutherland Medical Research Foundation 
St George Private Hospital

St John the Baptist Association

Victor Chang Cardiac Research Centre

Westmead Children’s Hospital

Red Cross

Relay for Life (Cancer Research)

Rotary Club of Miranda

Royal North Shore Hospital

Salvation Army

Camp Quality

Care Flight

Children’s Medical Research Institute

Chris O’Brien Lifehouse Camperdown

Lions Club – Miranda 

Biaggio was no stranger to hard work. He began his career as a greengrocer in Willoughby and took on a second job in a factory – a workplace that exposed him to asbestos which inevitably cost him his life.

To Biaggio, there was nothing more important than family. He cherished his wife of over 40 years Fina and his children; Paul, Nina and Anna. The family always worked together – in life and in business.

Biaggio established the Doltone House Group in 1995 and his family has continued to build upon his legacy since he passed away.

Biaggio was represented by his family, as he was inducted into the Multicultural Honour Roll by NSW Premier, the Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP.

“Not a day goes by that we don’t remember my father and look back on his legacy with great pride,” Paul said.

“I am incredibly proud to be receiving this honour on Dad’s behalf. He has left a wonderful legacy on Australia, as a migrant man who worked hard, achieved incredible success and did it all with kindness and compassion.”

Biaggio passed away from Mesothelioma (Asbestos Cancer) in 2008, a highly aggressive cancer caused by asbestos exposure. Biaggio’s final words to his son Paul were “grow the business, look after your family and help to save others”.

In 2009 Biaggio was posthumously named Italo-Australian of The Year by the Italian National Day Committee and in 2012 the NSW Parliament’s Legislative Council voted unanimously to acknowledge and honour the outstanding work of Biaggio and the legacy that continues with the Biaggio Signorelli Asbestos Foundation.

In 2010 a Bronze life size statue titled ‘Life from a Suitcase ‘was unveiled by the then Governor of NSW Dame Marie Bashir in his honour at Jones Bay Wharf, the very place he first stepped foot on as a migrant to our great nation.

To honour Biaggio’s wishes, the Signorelli family established the Biaggio Signorelli Asbestos Foundation, which is dedicated to asbestos awareness, early detection and ultimately helping to find a cure for Mesothelioma.

The Premier’s Harmony Dinner recognises and celebrates the significant contributions made by multicultural leaders and community groups. Those inducted into the Honour Roll are recognised for helping to build the successful multicultural society we enjoy today.

For media enquires please contact: Patty Barrett – 0414 437 608 / Ashleigh Addison – 0418 274 428

 

Generous donation from Lefand Group

We’re honoured to have received a very generous donation from the Lefand Group at their annual Building & Property Summit which was held at Doltone House Darling Island Wharf.

This donation will go towards helping us put an end to Asbestos Cancer. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phillip Iacovou, Director of Lefand Group presenting Paul Signorelli, Chairman of Biaggio Signorelli Asbestos Foundation with the generous donation. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lefand Group also generously donated to Camp Quality. 

We thank Lefand Group for their generous support. 

Board member Keith Cox featured on The Project

We’re proud to have one of our Board members Keith Cox featured on The Project for his fantastic work as a Chemotherapy Nurse at The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. Keith cared for Biaggio Signorelli during his battle with Mesothelioma and we’re honoured to have him part of the Biaggio Signorelli Asbestos Foundation. Click here to view The Project story on Keith Cox