OMRF Gala 2021

With a terrific line up of entertainment all set we're looking forward to our annual fundraising Gala held in association with OceanaGold on Friday 12 February 2021 at the Dunedin Town Hall.

This year has highlighted the importance of medical research for all of us and funds raised on the night support the Foundation’s work of establishing world-class, ground-breaking, life-changing medical research which has the potential to generate a greater quality of life for hundreds of millions of people globally. The Otago Medical Research Foundation Gala is our major fundraising event, allowing us to continue important medical research undertaken here in Otago.
The Gala features outstanding Otago talent, fantastic local food and drinks, and amazing auction prizes, ending with a 2-hour set from Queenstown based band LA Social is a fantastic way to celebrate the Foundation and share the evening with clients, friends and family.

Doors will open at 6pm, with guests to be seated by 6.20pm. We look forward to seeing you there.


Auction items:

Absolute Indulgence - The Misha’s Vineyard and Blanket Bay Lodge Experience.

A luxurious one-night stay for two people at Blanket Bay, one of the world’s best lodges, with a 5-course degustation dinner featuring Misha’s Vineyard wines. Hosted by Misha and Andy Wilkinson.

Donated by Misha's Vineyard and Blanket Bay Lodge.

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Naming rights to a 2021/2022 Otago Medical Research Foundation Summer Research Scholarship.

On offer are the naming rights to a scholarship allied with the ability to direct the study to a specific area of interest. The scholarship will be awarded towards the end of this year.

See the work of some of our past summer research scholars here

How to Create Safety
by Tyler Kennedy Stent.

Mixed media/watercolour on canvas, 2021. 120 x 80 cm 

Donated by Tyler Kennedy Stent

Private Dining Experience for eight people at a clifftop location with Vault 21 Executive Chef.

The successful bidder will have a five-course menu designed for themselves and seven of their friends and family by Vault 21 Executive Chef, Chris Will. Indulge in the flavours presented in the private clifftop location with spectacular ocean views.

Donated by Andre Shi, Vault21

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Adventurous weekend roadtrip to Queenstown.

The successful bidder will have a blast with an Oxbow Adventure jet sprint for three, a night’s accommodation at the Crowne Plaza Queenstown in a Lakeview room, including breakfast for two and valet parking; and a luxury drive from Geoff Chung at Armstrong’s Volvo.

Donated by Oxbow Adventure Co., Crowne Plaza Queenstown, and Armstrong's Volvo.

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Artwork by Sir Michael Hill.

A signed print with a coronavirus theme.

Donated by Sir Michael Hill.

Silver Fern Farms Reserve Tomahawk Slab from Prohibition Smokehouse.

The successful bidder can select a slab (approx. 8-12 steaks), and visit the Prohibition Smokehouse as they dry age it to perfection. The winner can then order meals as required and have the meat cooked to their specific requirements.

Donated by Prohibition Smokehouse

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Eastside Angel by Michelle Chalkin-Sinclair.

Photograph edition 2/3. 500 x 300 mm - plus framing. Printed by Murray Eskdale Printing on fine art paper, and framed by The Framers Room Studio

Donated by The Artist's Room

Regus Business Lounge membership.

A year’s Business Lounge membership at Regus (Harvest Court Mall, 218 George Street), Regus being the world’s largest provider of flexible co-share workspace solutions. This is the perfect environment for start-ups or those out on their own and gives the successful bidder an unparalleled opportunity from a central location second-to-none.

Donated by Phillipa Smith, Regus - Dunedin


Nova wine package.

6 truly special wines (worth $360).

Donated by Nova Dunedin.

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