2017 Black Tie Gala Dinner

The fight against Asbestos Cancer reaches the Melbourne docks


Saturday 27th July 2013 saw the Biaggio Signorelli Foundation’s Inaugural Gala Dinner in Melbourne, Victoria.  600 guests arrived at Atlantic Group’s Peninsula venue in Docklands Melbourne to create awareness, earlier detection and improved treatment, and ultimately find a cure for Mesothelioma (Asbestos Cancer).

A stand out for many at this year’s Gala Dinner was the exclusive performance by world renowned artist Tina Arena who performed a special set of her best hits for attendees as a tribute to the Foundation.

Hosting the night was the hilarious and loveable Vince Sorrenti who brought so much laughter and life to the night to help support this cause.

To celebrate the occasion’s first time in Melbourne, all proceeds of the night will be donated locally to the Mesothelioma Research undertaken at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre at the Austin Hospital in Heidelberg, Melbourne.
The foundation is committed to raising awareness, early detection, treatment and cure for the asbestos-related cancer (Mesothelioma) – the Signorelli family’s tribute to their father and the founder of Sydney’s Doltone House venue and catering collection, who passed away from the cancer in May 2008.

“We are honoured to be carrying out my father’s dying wish to help save others from this cancer” said Paul Signorelli, Founding Chairman.
We also heard from Victoria’s brave Mesothelioma sufferer, 49 year old Tracy Ash, who courageously shared her story on the night.  “It started with a cough, I had a scan and by the time I got home there was a message on my phone to come straight back to the hospital”.

As a part of the evening’s grand raffle, a brand new MINI ray car was given away to one lucky winner, in which proceeds of the raffle will be donated to the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre.

Key achievements of the Foundation to date have been the funding of three fellowships at the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute and The Baird Institute; along with the contribution to funding the National Guidelines for Diagnosis and Treatment of Mesothelioma.

The Foundation was also awarded the 2011 Meetings and Events Australia Cause Related event of the year – Australia wide.

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For more information contact Biaggio Signorelli Foundation: 0418 488 164.

The increasing incidence of mesothelioma requires more funds for research

Featured in La Fiamma newspaper 4th October 2012

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1200 people on Sydney Harbour to raise awareness for Asbestos Cancer


1200 guests enjoyed a black tie gala dinner hosted by Sydney’s award winning Doltone House, in a purpose built marquee on Darling Island Wharf Pyrmont to support a very worthy cause.

Sydney’s Doltone House, Darling Island Wharf Pyrmont hosted the 4th Biaggio Signorelli Foundation Gala Dinner on Wednesday 26th September with the attendance of Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of NSW and The Hon. Barry O’Farrell MP Premier of NSW.

The foundation is committed to raising awareness, early detection, treatment and cure for the asbestos-related cancer (Mesothelioma) – the Signorelli family’s tribute to their father and the founder of Doltone House Group who passed away from the cancer in May 2008.

The credibility of the foundation has been captured by the NSW Government in both 2010 and 2011 having received two consecutive government grants totaling $150,000. The foundation has raised almost $1m and key achievements include the funding of three research fellowships of $300,000 each over three years. Dr Anthony Linton and Dr Casey Wright housed at the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute in Concord, as well as Dr Tristan Yan, the Biaggio Signorelli Foundation Director of Thoracic Oncology housed at The Baird Institute. The foundation has also contributed $125,000 towards the development of the National Guidelines for Diagnosis and Treatment of Mesothelioma.

The foundation’s reputable board is made up of Former NSW Premier Morris Iemma; radio presenters Jason Morrison of 2UE & Glenn Wheeler of 2GB, Keith Cox (head chemotherapy nurse at RPA), along with Doltone Houses’ family Directors, Paul Signorelli, Nina Milazzo and Anna Cesarano.

In addition to esteemed company, the evening treated guests to fine food and beverages, a fantastic entertainment line up including Anthony Callea and Prinnie Stevens, along with great prizes for the major raffle and live auction under the stars on Sydney’s Harbour.

Fittingly, 26 September also marked National Mesothelioma Awareness Day in the USA, a day dedicated to raising the public’s awareness of Mesothelioma and to encourage all American’s to help raise funds to combat the deadly disease.

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Biaggio Signorelli Foundation on 0418 488 164
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Wearing my heart on my sleeve…

Anna Cesarano, Director and owner of the Doltone House Group talks about her exciting and symbolic match day experience. As featured on the Bulldogs website 17.07.2012 http://www.Bulldogs.com.au


The lead up to the game was ever so exciting, yet symbolic both personally and professionally at the same time.

It started with Zap’s interview leading into the game about the big ‘re-signing’ announcement that Doltone House had re-signed for another 12 months in 2013! The interview was a chance to engage with Bulldogs’ fans as the ‘real people’ behind the sleeve sponsorship, not just the brand.
The rival round between the Bulldogs and the Eels would see Doltone House replace their sleeve for that of the Biaggio Signorelli Foundation (honouring the late Founder of Doltone House Group). A Foundation in aid of Asbestos Cancer and aimed at finding earlier detection, diagnosis and treatment of this deadly disease.

Once the message was announced, an influx of ‘well done’ wishes flooded our social mediums along with the general well wishes of an initiative that has been taken as a serious commitment to a cause and social responsibility by three siblings and owners of Doltone House, Paul, Nina and Anna who set up the Foundation honouring their later father. Along with the invaluable support and acknowledgment from good friend and Captain Mick Ennis, the inspirational Des Hasler and talented CEO Todd Greenberg, it was all shaping up to be a great week.

Game day was a highlight indeed! We arrived to a stadium of some 30,000 in attendance. Shivers ran down my spine as the players took the field with Dad’s name on their sleeve and it appeared on the large stadium screens. Then the flurry of text messages from friends, family, relatives, staff and the like as it happened, being a televised match. “Wow guys, your dad would be so proud, the sleeve looks great, good on you guys!” It meant so much. So many memories, short term and long term and aspirations for what the Foundation could achieve in the future, now having committed almost $1m to research in just under 4 years. The shorts patch was a bonus as Barba strode the length of the field to score a superb try and the cameras zoomed in and focused on not only him but the many players he had in support.

Full time and it was 32-12! We had the privilege of taking the field and taking a photo with the entire team and the Bandaged Bear Cup Trophy. The grass was dewy and the sounds a muffled distant blur, but ever so exciting. We absorbed the atmosphere of the die-hard fans that remained for the presentation and exited the tunnel as victors, not just winners of the game, but winners at heart for Dad’s Foundation. It was a great honour indeed!

We thanked the players personally for their efforts on and off the field in acknowledging Doltone House not only as a valued Major Sponsor but also for their support of the Foundation and it’s personal meaning to us. “It was game day and game on, Black Friday, no way,…it was a lucky day for us!”

We look forward to the next few weeks…sitting on top of the ladder is a nice feeling isn’t it? Bring on the weekend, bring on the footy!
Anna Cesarano

Director/Owner – Doltone House