Susan Alberti AC is one of Australia’s pre-eminent philanthropists, having donated millions of dollars to medical research and other charitable causes over many years. The Susan Alberti Medical Research Foundation (SAMRF) is chaired by Susan Alberti AC and supported by a Board of Directors who bring together a range of finance and business skills to support the work of the Foundation. The Foundation is assisted by an enthusiastic band of volunteers and supporters who are committed to furthering medical research in Australia.
SAMRF is dedicated to raising money for medical research, through a series of annual fundraising events and in 2015 an historic milestone will be reached with the 30th Susan Alberti Medical Research Foundation (SAMRF) Signature Ball which will be held on Saturday 22nd August at Crown’s Palladium Room in Melbourne.
All guests can not only look forward to a money-can’t-buy opportunity to mingle against the backdrop of a great night’s entertainment, hosted by Craig Willis, but also play their part in supporting Susan’s passion for better resourcing medical research. The 2015 Signature Ball black tie gala dinner will showcase world class talent including the Australian Ballet, musical director Chong Lim and his orchestra and a breathtaking feature performance by Tina Arena.
More than 14 years ago Susan’s only child, Danielle, died in her arms on a flight from the United States to Australia from diabetes related complications. It was at that point she made a lifelong commitment to find a cure for type 1 diabetes.
Susan’s focus and the reach of her Foundation has since expanded to supporting a wide range of causes requiring critical resources. All proceeds from the 2015 Signature Ball will be donated to Australia’s leading medical research institutes; Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute, St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research and the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. All three institutes are vital for the management of the disease, increasing the understanding of diabetes and improving prevention as well as finding a cure.