Every year good for the Roses
THE 65 Roses Grand Ball for Cystic Fibrosis has raised about $2.6 million for research since its inception in 2002, when four mothers of children with cystic fibrosis (CF) decided to host an annual ball.
One of those mothers was Wendy Endebrock-brown, who is still part of the volunteer team today.
“The first year it was at the Langley Hotel (now the Pan Pacific) with 350 people,” Mrs Endebrock-brown said.
“770 people is the most we’ve had and we had 600 there last weekend (May 13).”
A Western Suburbs Weekly social photographer has attended many of the balls, including the 2009 event at Burswood Entertainment Complex (now Crown Perth) and this month in Crown’s Grand Ballroom.
Ms Endebrock-brown said Kaila Thomas had been the most memorable speaker over the past 15 years.
She said the “young lady” spoke at the first ball when she was aged 17 and had shared her story at balls three times since then.
“She’d had a lung transplant last time she spoke, it was really moving,” Ms Endebrock-brown said.
“She’s the one we get asked about most.”
One of the significant changes since the first ball has been the fashion.
“It’s gotten short,” she said. “The accepted ball dress attire has changed but the guys, well they’ve just remained the same.”
This year’s total was $507,000, which will go towards CF research in WA and Australia.
Western Suburbs Weekly’s coverage of the 65 Roses Grand Ball for Cystic Fibrosis in 2009.
This year’s 65 Roses Grand Ball.