The long-anticipated Shine Bright Gala – a fabulous dinner ball to raise money for the Harrison Pennicott PhD Scholarship – is almost here.

Don’t miss the fun with a night of delicious food, free-flowing drinks, and more.

The event is inspired by Harrison Pennicott – a beloved Scleroderma Victoria ambassador – and is organised by Harrison’s mum, Leesa.

The gala

What better way to spend a Saturday evening than at a gala ball?

Get dressed up in your evening finest and join us at the beautiful Rochford Winery. It’s in the Yarra Valley, one of Victoria’s most prestigious wine regions, just an hour out of Melbourne.

Attendees will enjoy a delicious three-course meal and free-flowing wine, beer, bubbles and non-alcoholic beverages.

The ball will showcase 10 sponsors who have each contributed $2000 towards the Harrison Pennicott PhD Scholarship.

We also have a growing list of organisations which have donated items for the silent auction.

Who is Harrison Pennicott?

Harrison Pennicott is an eight-year-old icon for scleroderma patients across Australia.

This brave boy is one of the youngest people in Australia to be diagnosed with scleroderma, which predominately affects his skin.

Harrison’s rare form of scleroderma (called disabling pansclerotic morphea) means he can’t get out to play in the sun as easily as other kids.

Despite his condition, Harrison is a fun-loving kid, massive Bombers fan, and does a lot to raise money for scleroderma research. He even has a PhD scholarship named after him!

The scholarship

The scholarship supports promising PhD students to research scleroderma and become specialists in the field.

The students will study at Melbourne University under Dr Mandana Nikpour. They’ll contribute to projects run by the Australian Scleroderma Interest Group (ASIG), a world-leading organisation for scleroderma research.

This gala event aims to raise a total of $30,000 for the scholarship.


We would love to thank our sponsors in advance for being part of this magical evening and great cause:

Bendigo Bank

Bold Interiors


Eastern Podiatry

JCA Land Consultants

Mr Wolf Consulting

Noel Jones


McBain McCartin & Co


Thanks also to our silent auction donors:


Evergreen Clothing

Oh Golly


TSID Clothing

Yarrabend Golf

Lelulah Boutique

Four Pillars Distillery

Victoria Stag

The Oodie

Yarra Valley Escape

Three Blue Ducks

Yering Station


Roa Personal Training

The Budgie Smuggler

Moon Dog Craft Brewery

Shine Bright Gala Details

When: Saturday, 11 September 2021, 6:30–11:30 pm AEST
Where: Rochford Winery, 878–880 Maroondah Hwy, Coldstream VIC 3770
Cost: $150 a seat

Learn more at Harrison Pennicott’s website and on the event’s Facebook page.
Get your tickets today!