Great night on the menu

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - NEWS -

FASH­ION De­signer to the stars, Don O’Neill, will re­turn to his culi­nary past for one night only this July for what prom­ises to be an un­for­get­table fundrais­ing event in mem­ory of his beloved mother, Mim O’Neill.

The renowned de­signer, who trained as a chef be­fore em­bark­ing on a stel­lar fash­ion ca­reer, has joined forces with can­cer sup­port char­ity Re­cov­ery Haven Kerry to host a spec­tac­u­lar din­ner dance at Bal­ly­roe Heights Ho­tel, Tralee on Fri­day, July 20.

The Bal­ly­heigue de­signer, who lost his mother to can­cer in 2012, will be joined by fam­ily, friends and loyal sup­port­ers to cel­e­brate his beloved mother Mim on the eve of her sixth an­niver­sary, where he will set a stun­ning four-course din­ner menu of her favourite dishes.

A num­ber of lo­cal busi­nesses have also ea­gerly come on board to spon­sor six re­mark­able spot prizes, which in­clude a half day ‘For Ladies Only’ spa pack­age for two at Nadur Spa at Bal­ly­garry House Ho­tel, in­clud­ing a two-course lunch in the Brasserie and a ta­ble d’hote din­ner in Res­tau­rant 58; an ex­quis­ite pam­per pack­age from Ex­pose Beauty; a stun­ning gold Fuschia (Mim’s favourite flower) pen­dant from Brian de Staic Jewellers; and a €200 hol­i­day voucher cour­tesy of Noreen Lane Travel Coun­sel­lors.

In ad­di­tion, there will be two amaz­ing ho­tel get­aways up for grabs, in­clud­ing an overnight stay and full Ir­ish break­fast for two at the five-star Dro­moland Cas­tle, and two nights’ B&B for two peo­ple at Lim­er­ick’s four-star Ab­so­lute Ho­tel.

And while fash­ion will be off Don’s menu that evening, it should cer­tainly be a top pri­or­ity for the lady at­ten­dees, as the best dressed lady – cho­sen by Orla Diffi­ly­will win a dream prize of a THEIA evening gown of her choice, kindly do­nated by Don.

The event will kick off with a cham­pagne and cock­tail re­cep­tion at 6.30pm. Upon ar­rival, guests will have the op­por­tu­nity to be pho­tographed with Don and Pas­cal on the red car­pet .

“Although my mom was not well enough to use Re­cov­ery Haven, as she had only three months from di­ag­no­sis to pass­ing, the char­ity is a cause close to our hearts,” Don said. “My dad and my brother went there for coun­selling after my mom passed away and my cousin Jackie Crowe, to whom Pas­cal and I were very close, com­pletely availed of their ser­vices and raved about them dur­ing her brave fight with can­cer.

“Can­cer af­fects way, way too many fam­i­lies and we are all blind­sided by it, not know­ing where to turn, what to do or how to even be­gin to cope. Thank­fully we have Re­cov­ery Haven in Kerry to of­fer sup­port, ad­vice, coun­selling and many ther­a­peu­tic treat­ments to com­fort can­cer pa­tients who are un­der­go­ing treat­ment or are in re­cov­ery, as well as pro­vid­ing sup­port to their fam­i­lies.”

Close friend of the cou­ple and Re­cov­ery Haven PR & Mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer, Marisa Reidy, said the ex­cite­ment sur­round­ing the event is al­ready in­cred­i­ble, adding that the char­ity is in­debted to Don and Pas­cal and the ex­tended O’Neill fam­ily for their amaz­ing sup­port.

“When Don and Pas­cal agreed to come on board with us to or­gan­ise a fund-raiser we were ab­so­lutely over the moon, but when they came up with the idea of hon­our­ing Mim and mak­ing it so per­sonal, we were truly hum­bled,” Marisa said.

“That Don, Pas­cal and the O’Neill fam­ily thought so highly of Re­cov­ery Haven to make this amaz­ing ges­ture is an ab­so­lute priv­i­lege for us and we can­not wait for what prom­ises to be a truly un­for­get­table night.”

Tick­ets for this unique event, priced at €75 each, are now avail­able from Re­cov­ery Haven at 5 Haig’s Ter­race, Tralee on 066 7192122 or via email at: marisa@re­cov­ery­havenkerry.com

Photo by Dom­nick Walsh

Pic­tured­c­tured at the launch of Don O’Neill’s fundrais­ing din­ner dancedance, in mem­ory of his mother Mim O’Neill and in aid of Re­cov­ery Haven Kerry, are (l-r) Bal­ly­roe Heights Ho­tel man­ager Jonathan Collins, Re­cov­ery Haven Pr & Mar­ket­ing Man­ager Marisa...

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