Annual Fundraising Luncheon
The 2018 Ballet Ireland Luncheon
Celebrating 20 years of Ballet in Ireland
and looking to the future
On Friday 27th April 2018, we held our first ever Fundraising Luncheon at the Merrion, Dublin. This philanthropic occasion was launched to raise vital funds for Ballet Ireland, and also offered guests an opportunity to celebrate the Company on the occasion of our twentieth anniversary, its extraordinary dancers, and all the generous patrons who support the Ballet.
We were delighted with the response, especially with all tickets being sold out within the first five days of release. Our guest of honour, Professor Marie Cassidy, gave a rousing and witty speech which held the room in delight. A magnificent raffle was held with prizes which included, among others, a Paul Sheeran diamond pendant, a Perry Ogden limited print and Paula Rowan leather gloves for each table.
We managed to raise an incredible €15K with all proceeds going towards main stage performances, community outreach and education programmes.
A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to the event to make it such a resounding success. We’re already looking forward to next year’s Luncheon!
“Professor Cassidy was the ideal speaker, according to the organisation’s chair, Gerardine Connolly SC, who introduced the pathologist as a “true Hitchcock heroine” with an image that is “cool, striking and detached” Irish Times
Photography by Mark Stedman stedmanphotography.ie