Glitz and glam­our at in­au­gu­ral char­ity ball

Wexford People - - NEWS - By ES­THER HAY­DEN

MORE THAN €5,000 was raised at the in­au­gu­ral black-tie ball in aid of three lo­cal char­i­ties on Fri­day night.

Or­gan­iser Linda Bren­nan de­cided late last year that she wanted to raise money for both can­cer and Alzheimers as they had af­fected her fam­ily.

Linda said: ‘I had a vi­sion that I wanted to do some­thing to raise money for can­cer and Alzheimers as my mam suf­fers from Alzheimers and I’ve close friends and fam­ily who have been af­fected by can­cer. The three char­i­ties, Wex­ford Hos­pice Home­care, South East Ra­dio­ther­apy Trust (SERT) and Wex­ford Alzheimers, all do great work lo­cally and I felt they would re­ally ben­e­fit from the fundrais­ing.

‘It was a great night. We had a fan­tas­tic turnout and it went re­ally, re­ally well. I was de­lighted with how it went. I had been ner­vous in the lead up to it be­cause it was the first time I had done some­thing like this but it went fan­tas­ti­cally and there was some re­ally great feed­back from the guests.

‘From start to fin­ish there was a great buzz around the place and peo­ple re­ally pulled out all the stops in the glam­our stake. We were very happy with how it went. The Tal­bot Ho­tel was fan­tas­tic and noth­ing was too much trouble for them.

‘The food was great and the band, Divine In­ven­tion, had ev­ery­one one the floor all night. There was a great vibe in the place.

‘MC on the night was Alan Cor­co­ran and we had an auc­tion on the night which Billy Dodd over­saw. That raised a good bit of money. Up for auc­tion were box­ing gloves from Billy Walsh, a Colorado Rapids jer­sey signed by Kevin Doyle and a Wex­ford jer­sey signed by all the cur­rent Wex­ford hurl­ing team. We also had a hol­i­day voucher from Re­lax Ire­land.

‘At the minute we have around €5,000 raised but there’s still a bit of money to come in so it will be over that but we haven’t a fi­nal fig­ure yet.

‘Over­all I’m very happy and the was so good that I’m go­ing to run it again next year and have al­ready booked the band!’

Noeleen Jones, An­gela Browne, Carol Daly, Aileen Mur­phy, Colette Bren­nan and Rose Walsh from Rathangan.

Ni­cola Dinge­manse, Mary Far­rell and Yvonne Hankey from Wex­ford.

Siob­hán Mur­phy and Caro­line Howlett from Rathangan.

Ais­ling and Chris Mul­lally from Mur­rin­town.

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