Champagne lunch in Adare aims to raise funds for County Limerick care centre

Norma Prendiville

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Norma Prendiville

A FUNDRAISING lunch in Adare for Milford Care Centre has proven to be a runaway success. Tickets for the Ladies Champagne Lunch in the Dunraven Arms Hotel on Saturday, March 24 have sold out, one of the four-strong group of organisers, Eithne O’Riordan revealed this week.

A FUNDRAISING lunch in Adare for Milford Care Centre has proven to be a runaway success. Tickets for the Ladies Champagne Lunch in the Dunraven Arms Hotel on Saturday, March 24 have sold out, one of the four-strong group of organisers, Eithne O’Riordan revealed this week.

“I am surprised and I’m not,” she said. She explained that although the tickets cost €60, they represent very good value and people just remembered what a good day out they had the last time. She added that people were very willing to support Milford as so many people and families have been or are affected by cancer.

It’s 2009 since the last fund-raising lunch and, said Eithne, the funds for Milford are more necessary than ever.

“We have got fantastic sponsorship,” Eithne explained, beginning with the Dunraven Arms itself. In addition, the champagne and wines for the day are also sponsored and a large number of spot-prizes and raffle-prizes have been donated. These include vouchers for Ballymaloe, Neven Maguire’s and the White Sage as well as the Clarion Hotel.

The lunch is a late-starter, at 3.30pm and is a full, four-course lunch with wine. It will be followed by a fashion show featuring clothes, shoes and accessories from all of Adare’s chic boutiques. There will also be music and goodie-bags for everyone.

“It is always a very warm, intimate kind of event,” Eithne told the Limerick Leader. However, she added: “It can also be a tough day for those touched by cancer.”

From 8pm on, the doors will open for a wider audience, for women who can’t come during the day and for the men. The evening will include music – and a grand raffle which will include prints donated by JP McManus of the most recent Pro-Am at Adare Manor. “We are hoping the night will be a success,” Eithne added.

The funds will also be boosted by the efforts of children at two of the parish’s four primary schools. Holy Abbey Girls school is to hold a colours day while children at St Nicholas’s NS are also planning a fund-raising event.

Anybody who would like to make a donation can contact Eithne on 086-8108210.