CARE and caring were the driving force behind the overwhelmingly successful fundraiser held in the Dunraven Arms Hotel, Adare at the weekend. The Ladies Champagne Lunch, back after a couple of years’ absence, raised over €10,000 for Milford Care Hospice and, says Eithne O’Riordan, one of the small team of organisers, that figure is still rising.
But to add to that huge success, the day, which stretched well into the night, was also hugely enjoyed by those lucky enough to secure a ticket.
The ladies, all wonderfully glamorous, were greeted on arrival by Christy Bromell playing the bagpipes in the spring sunshine – and sashayed in on the red carpet before picking up a glass of pink champagne, and heading into the spectacularly dressed function room where Sarah Brennan was playing piano.
There were canapés, a four-course lunch, wine and chocolates with a fashion show to follow featuring garments and shoes from local boutiques. The prize for best-dressed was won by Esther Aherne while Janet Ryan won the prize for best shoes and handbag. In addition, there was a stunning array of spot prizes to be won throughout the day. Later, when the doors were opened to all comers for dancing, Brendan O’Connor, Kilfinny was selected as the night’s best-dressed man. As a bonus, the Porsche car club of Ireland, which was holding an event of its own in the hotel, presented the organisers with a cheque for €1000.