The 2008 Annual Celebration held on October 25, 2008
September 15, 2008
The Annual Philanthropist Dinner was held at the Great Hall, University of Sydney on Saturday, 25th October. We were honoured to have in attendance Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir, AC CVO, Governor of NSW to be welcomed as our Patron. Her Excellency and the Vice Chancellor of University of Sydney, Dr Michael Spence both were guest speakers together with Professor Ralph Nanan newly appointed Sub Dean of Research, Nepean Clinical School. University of Sydney was well represented on the evening with the Director of Research, Faculty of Medicine, Professor David Burke;Professor of Medicine, Central Clinical School, Professor Richmond Jeremy; and Associate Dean and Head of Nepean Clinical School, Professor Michael Peek.
Guests were entertained throughout the evening by the Penrith Symphony Quartet and Dominique Anderson on the Stuart Grand Piano and the tenor Nicholas Gentile both from the Dame Joan Conservatorium, Penrith demonstrated the young talent of our local area. It was delightful to foster the youth of our area, all many talented and gifted people academically and artistically.
Five new Nepean Philanthropists were introduced at the dinner and the importance of their contribution was expressed by all in attendance.
A painting donated to Nepean Medical Research Foundation by artist Mr David Calrow was gifted to the Governor as Patron of the Nepean Medical Research Foundation. The painting of the NSW emblem of the Waratah delighted Her Excellency who plans to hang it in the Government House, Sydney.
We are fortunate also to have the incumbent Mayor of Penrith as our local Patron. For 2008 – 2009 we are pleased to welcome Councillor Jim Aitken OAM, as Mayor of Penrith. Both the Penrith City Council and Jim Aitken are Nepean Philanthropists in their own right and Nepean Medical Research Foundation appreciate their support.
All those in attendance voiced their appreciation of a wonderful evening at the Great Hall, University of Sydney.