Dandelion Wishes Gala raises more than $200,000 for new children’s hospital
The Palladium of Crown was alive with the spirit of philanthropy on Friday night, with nearly 600 glamorous guests walking down the red carpet for the second annual Dandelion Wishes Gala.
The Gala is a key fundraising event for the Monash Children’s Hospital, this year raising more than $200,000 to support the new children’s hospital.
Anthony Callea set the tone of the evening with a powerful performance of The Prayer. Channel 9 presenters Tony Jones and Livinia Nixon hosted the evening, leading guests to participate in a fundraising pledge for new baby transport cribs, a live auction and an interview with event founders, Lincoln and Veronique Wulff.
For the first time, Lincoln and Veronique shared their story about the premature birth of their baby boy, Ashton at Monash Children’s Hospital five years ago.
“I looked at that piece of equipment and thought; that crib is doing for my son what my body no longer could,” Veronique said, as she described her experience of seeing baby Ashton in a humidicrib.
Today Ashton is a healthy five-year-old, growing taller every day.
The Dandelion Wishes Gala is the Wulff family’s way of demonstrating their gratitude to the Monash Children’s Hospital team. Without the work of the dedicated medical staff, Ashton Wulff may have never had the opportunity to enjoy a life with his loving family.
Such an incredible event would not have been possible without the generosity and hard work of Lincoln, Veronique and the Dandelion Wishes Gala committee, along with the support of each event sponsor and attendee who contributed to the night.
Veronique and Ashton Wulff at the Dandelion Wishes Gala Ball.