Cornerstone Members Dinners 2018

By August 30, 2018News, scholars, Supporters

On the evening of the Wednesday 15 August, The Pinnacle Foundation held a dinner to thank and acknowledge the generosity and support of our Cornerstone Donors.

Hosted by Chair Paul Zahra and his partner Duncan Peerman,  the dinner was held at Lot. One Potts Point, and was attended by many of our Cornerstones, Patrons Alan Joyce AC, and his partner Shane Lloyd, Prof Kerryn Phelps and her wife Jackie Stricker-Phelps, CEO Janine Middleton, Pinnacle Ambassador Daniel Kowalski and board members Pippa Downes, Tanya Matthewson, Andrew State, Dr Craig White and Geoff Selig.

This dinner is in recognition for the generous financial contribution the Cornerstone Members have made to The Pinnacle Foundation, including our 9 new members:

  • Andrew Staite
  • John Goldbaum
  • Dr Craig White & Rod Anderson
  • Greg Livingstone
  • Kirby Adams & John Healy
  • Peter Brennan & Michael Lynch
  • Gorm Kirsch
  • Andrew Hoppe & Tom Hoe
  • Rosalind & Diana Coffey

They join exisiting Cornerstone members :

  • John Douglass & Warren Stanborough
  • Ian Dickson & Reg Holloway
  • Duncan Peerman & Paul Zahra
  • The Selig Family
  • Pippa Downes
  • Alan Joyce & Shane Lloyd
  • Tom Snow
  • Georgina Byron & The Snow Foundation
  • Peter Maher & Louise Fisher
  • Shane & Odaria Finemore
  • Jeff Weeden & Gareth Bowler
  • James Collins & Tony Nelson
  • Louise Daley & the Daley Family.

The Pinnacle Scholars were represented by Pinnacle Alumni Veronica Mason, who was a scholar between 2011-2014, and is now an Associate at Baker Mackenzie Law Firm, specialising in Technology and Communications.

Veronica has an incredible story of hardship, pain, and facing so many obstacles in her life – from a difficult home environment, bullying and discrimination at school, to a near death accident which left her seriously injured and disabled. Veronica’s strength courage, and the support of both The Pinnacle Foundation, and also our Patron Prof Kerryn Phelps, gave her the strength and determination to fight and win.

“My existence went dark, and something within me asked me whether I wanted to live or die… I chose to live.”

It was a very powerful and moving moment as Veronica thanked Pinnacle, and especially Prof Phelps for being there and helping her on the journey back to help and success.

Thank you so much to Veronica for sharing your story with us – Veronica has published a blog in which she takes you through her life’s story and experience. You can find it at:

A special Thank you to Lot. One Potts Point for their generosity

Taylors Wine for providing the wine for the evening

Cire Trudon for their beautiful candles

Tabitha Smith for the photography.

If you would like to become a Cornerstone member through a significant donation to The Pinnacle Foundation, please contact our CEO Janine Middleton, Or you go to our Donate page and find out about Cornerstone or others ways you can contribute.