THE Dunamaise Arts Centre’s fundraiser Red or Black, which took place on March 15 at Portlaoise Heritage Hotel was a great success having raised generous funds and featured lots of frolics and fun, as well as a jackpot being won by Portlaoise man Kieran Hogan and a runner-up prize being won by Portlaoise Musical Society member Dawn Kavanagh.
The event was the culmination of a lot of dedicated team work by staff of the Dunamaise Arts Centre, together with a volunteer committee and local community groups and individuals from Laois and surrounding areas.
The event was also supported by many local businesses in the form of patronage and sponsorship as well as in kind support.
Commenting on the success of the event, Michelle de Forge, Director of Dunamaise Arts Centre said: “Whether you love performing on stage or supporting from your seat, creating your own works of art or viewing an exhibition, there’s no doubt that the arts gives great joy, excitement and passion to our lives, inspiring and nurturing our mind, body and soul.
“The arts also bring us all together to celebrate and embrace creativity, and the Dunamaise can now look forward to continuing to work with the whole community to further develop our work for the arts in Laois”.
Red or Black, which was launched by Portlaoise actor Robert Sheehan in December, was hosted by Offaly hurling star Michael Duignan.
Featuring highly entertaining games with teams participating from community groups and supporters from all over the county, the night also featured performances by local groups Abbeyfolk, Vocalese and Eamonn Dunne and Niamh Griffin.
The Dunamaise Arts Centre wishes to extend a heartfelt thanks to all who helped in any way to launch, promote and organise Red or Black, as well as participants and all those who attended.
Those to whom the Dunamaise Arts Centre is particularly thankful for their generosity and support include: David Clegg Signs, Eimear Dunne Solicitors, DJ Dunne and Co Accountants, Martin Reddin Ltd, Breslins Pharmacy, Caffe Latte, Laois Pharmacy, Martleys of Portlaoise, Donal O’Sullivan Dentist, J.L. Bradshaw, Open Door Theatre Company, Quality Printers, A and A Hair Studio, Bankz Hair and Beauty, Keyes Transport, Leinster Business Machines, John Adams Car Sales, McElwee Pharmacy, Alo Donegan Ltd, Churchview Dental Surgery (Dr Enda Whelan and Dr Ian FitzGerald), McCarthy, O’Hora Architects, Egans School of Motoring, Portlaoise Heritage Hotel, Liam and Roisín Adams, Dunkeen Oil, Stage Lighting Centre, Thomas and Sean Brown, Robert Sheehan, Chatterbox School of Speech and Drama, Brosna Press, Vincent McEvoy, Staff of St Pauls NS and Dollard AV.
The Dunamaise Arts Centre also wishes to thank it’s volunteers and organising committee, Robert Sheehan, Maria Sheehan, Paula Flanagan, Katie Connolly, PJ Mulhall, Alf Harvey, Brady Signs, Liam Cushen, Grellan Delaney, Sally Gardens, Noel McCarthy, Governor Martin Mullen and staff of Midlands Print Shop, Portlaoise Prison Social Club, Vocalese, Abbeyfolk, Niamh Griffin and Eamonn Dunne, The Office Centre, Abbeyleix Golf Club and Laois Shopping Centre.