The people of Portarlington pulled out all the stops last weekend to make the Portarligton Charity Gala Ball the style event of the year.
Over 300 people attended the event, which was raising funds for Laois Hospice this year.
“This year’s ball was a great success. The style is getting better every year. Everyone looked fabulous and had a great night. I believe there was still people on the dance floor at 3.30am,” one of the organisers, Marie Corcoran said.
Marie along with Maria Molloy and Colette Kennedy have raised hundreds of thoudands of euro over the last 10 years for many local charities including the Cuisle Centre, Portlaoise Paediatric Unit, St Vincent’s Hospital Mountmellick, LOFFA, Portarlington Boys Scouts and Portarlington Special Olympics Club.
“The community spirit of the people of Portarlington is just great. They are always terribly good.
“We haven’t the final figures calculated yet, but people were very generous as always.”
Even the town of Portatrlingon benefited from the gala night this year, with salons booked out for weeks in advance. “The town even benefitted from it this year, dressmakers were busy, hairdressers and beauty salons were booked out. It’s great to see it.”
Marie continued: “JL sounds entertained the guests in the lobby before dinner. The meal was fabulous and the wine flowed at the tables.
The Keith McDonald Showband got the dancing underway, which carried on into the wee small hours with the disco.
On the night, Chairman of Laois Hospice, Seamus O’Donoghue spoke about the work of the hospice, while MC Gerald Kean kept the crowds entertained.
Marie, Colette and Maria briefly spoke to thank those who had supported them again this year.
“There are too many to list, but we are very grateful to anyone who donated a spot prize or bought a ticket. All the spot prizes were valued at €100 or more, ” Marie said.
And while their feet may still be sore from dancing, the three ladies are already looking towards next year.
“Once we have all the bills paid from this year, we will starting thinking about what we are going to do next year.”