CHARITY GLITZ AT THE RITZ!
THE RITZ CARLTON was the opulent setting for last weekend’s St. Gerard’s ball, which raised a breathtaking €50,000 for UNICEF and the Nelson Mandela Foundation to help build schools in Rwanda.
The United Nations’ children’s cause has been supported by the committee for the last three years. More than 300 people, including parents, some past pupils and other supporters of the school donned the finest of gowns and suits for the evening and gave very generously to the cause of the night.
While the ticket sales covered the cost of running the event, the bulk of the funds were raised through a huge raffle, a silent auction and a main auction.
The dresses were described by one committee as ‘stunning,’ and the service provided at the Ritz Carlton in Powerscourt was second to none, she said.
Guests enjoyed a delicious meal, followed by music from Girl Talk, who played a variety of pop songs and had the dance floor brimming for the night.
There were over 100 raffle prizes, which committee members, with Chairperson Fiona Farrer at the helm, had been collecting for several months.
St. Gerard’s School is the first in Ireland to support UNICEF’s Schools for Africa Initiative.
In the last three years they have raised an incredible €150,000 which has gone towards funding the construction and rehabilitation of schools in Rwanda, to install safe water and latrines for children, to train teachers and provide desks, chairs, blackboards, books and pencils.
Marina Zaki, Chris Cantwell, Jill Roy, Robert Canon, Emily Murphy, Ronan McGovern and Susan Campbell.
Angelina Dineen, Freida O’Neill, Carol Boland.
Eva Durkan, Lousie McCabe and Marion Corson.
Pamela Madigan, Ruth Tonge and Debbie Pereira.
Janice Ryan and Amanda Cahill.
Emer Breen and Liam O’Brien.
Carol and Robert Boland, Carmel and Frank Looby and Angelina and Pat Dineen.