• The Paper Crane Gala Ball

    Perth, Saturday 2 November 2019

    Crown Grand Ballroom Perth
    In support of the Charlie Teo Foundation

  • Welcome

    We are excited to announce the 2019 Brain Cancer Research Gala Ball.


    Last year's ball was a sell-out success, and raised over $249,000.00 for brain cancer research! In addition to our fundraising total, the Minderoo Foundation made an incredibly generous $200,000 donation to the Charlie Teo Foundation!!


    Due to the huge success of last year's event, we are pleased to announce that we are running this event again on 2 November 2019 as a bigger and better event at Crown Perth!


    We are currently looking for event sponsors and raffle donations – please head to the Contact section if you would like us to give you more information.




    We look forward to seeing you there!

  • Our Story

    For Ben

    In 2012, Benjamin McCracken and his fiancé Maddy went to bed on a Saturday night, with plans to go to Sunday brunch the following morning. They never made it to brunch. Instead, Maddy woke up to Ben having a seizure next to her. As a fit 23 year old, there was no warning that anything sinister was going on. Later that day, Ben was diagnosed with a grade 2 oligoastrocytoma, a type of glioma tumour (the most common form of brain cancer) and that it is almost always fatal.


    Ben was a fundraising champion in Perth, raising over $100,000 for research in the annual HBF Run for a Reason. During his battle to survive, Ben undertook 35 rounds of radiation therapy, 17 rounds of chemotherapy, underwent a risky clinical trial and had four incredibly risky brain surgeries. Devastatingly, Ben passed away on 1 December 2015.

    Maddy made a promise to Ben that she would never give up. Maddy and all of Ben’s friends and family feel a responsibility to stop this nightmare from becoming someone else’s reality. We all owe it to the people like Ben, who worked tirelessly to change the reality of this disease, not to give up on a day where this story could have been a different one.


    Ben’s story is not unique. Brain cancer is an horrific disease that kills more children in Australia than any other disease and more people under 40 than any other cancer. So many people are affected by brain cancer. This year we are organising the Brain Cancer Research Gala Ball so that we can do our little part to give a person with brain cancer a greater chance at a future.

  • About Brain Cancer

    Brain cancer is indiscriminate. It strikes a person down in the prime of their life, usually with no warning signs and no risk factors. These are the harsh statistics:

    • Brain cancer kills more children in Australia than any other disease and more people under 40 than any other cancer.
    • Brain cancer receives less than 5% of federal government cancer research funding.
    • Brain cancer costs more per patient than any other cancer because it is highly debilitating, affects people in their prime and often means family members cannot work if they become carers.

    Relative five-year survival rates for brain cancer have hardly changed for 30 years, increasing less than 2% between the periods of 1982-1987 and 2007-2011.

  • Where Your Money Goes


    All funds raised at the Brain Cancer Research Gala Ball will go directly to funding research, via the Charlie Teo Foundation. The Charlie Teo Foundation was formed to fund promising and innovative research, efficiently and more transparently. Your money will go directly to where it is truly needed – on finding a cure for brain cancer.


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  • Our Generous Sponsors

    We are so fortunate to have had the generous support of our wonderful sponsors in 2018!

    A massive thanks to our major 2018 sponsors, Saracen Estates, who supplied all of the amazing wine at the ball, Gina Rineheart, Security Capital Australia, Floraco who supplied the amazing centrepieces, and Cygnet Bay Pearls.

    Thank you also to our sponsors Gary Dempsey Developments, Clayton Utz, Horgan Creative, Ammo Marketing, Uniworld, TravelKey, PAV and the Alcock Family Foundation.


    Events like the Brain Cancer Research Gala Ball are not possible without this sort of generous sponsorship and we are so grateful for the continued support.


    If you would like to find out more about our 2019 sponsorship packages and corporate tables, please contact us below.



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    If you are interested in sponsoring the event or reserving tickets - let us know!