Maria Molloy, Gerald Kean (guest of honour), Sean Doyle (Fair City) and Marie Corcoran , at a previous Charity Gala Ball in the Heritage Hotel, Killenard.
The perfect antidote to a chilly February in Laois takes place this weekend, the glamorous Portarlington & Killenard Charity Gala Ball.
The 12th annual ball is on this Friday February 23, returning to the luxurious surroundings of the five star Heritage Killenard hotel, and a brilliant night is guaranteed for those lucky to snap up the few remaining €50 tickets.
Organisers Collette Kennedy, Marie Corcoran and Maria Molloy are once again ensuring that everyone has a brilliant time at the charity fundraiser.
Marie describes what makes the night such a success.
“It all starts at 7pm, everyone arrives to a red carpet entrance, with JL Sound there to serenade them as they arrive in all their glamour. Some people start to dance the minute they arrive. A fabulous three course meal starts at 8pm, with lots of free wine for every table. There are amazing prizes to be won all night, some worth up to €300, every table wins a prize. After the meal we will again have the Keith McDonald Showband to get everyone on the floor. That is followed by a disco into the early hours. The hotel goes all out to decorate the room too, and it is a beautiful hotel,” Marie said.
This year all funds are in aid of Portarlington Senior Citizens Christmas Party. Over the past 12 years the ball has raised over €250,000 for Laois charities, such as Irish Wheelchair Association, LOFFA autism group, Special Olympics and the Cuisle Centre.
“People are very good for supporting us and we do really appreciate seeing them return every year,” said Collette.
Among the loyal regulars returning this year is celebrity solicitor Gerard Keane, who last year pledged €10,000 to Down Syndrome Ireland Laois branch on the night.
“It’s great for the local economy too, with the hair, the nails, the tans and the dresses and shoes all to be got. Often people find their gowns in charity shops, and everyone looks a million dollars on the night, people look forward to it every year,” said Collette.
Dress formal, Tickets €50 each, on sale from Collette at 086 2654277, Marie at 087 7589896, or Maria at 086 3058181.