€100,000 target for Savills' supported "Ireland's Got Talent"
A charity initiative by property consultants Savills returns next month and is aiming to raise over €100,000 for Focus Ireland and the Marie Curie Hospice.
"Ireland's Got Talent" is said to be a series of talent show fundraisers in Dublin, Cork and Belfast, with a similar format to the reality TV show, Britain's Got Talent.
Over 1,000 people are expected to show up at the Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin and the Clarion Hotel in Cork on the November 5, and the Europa Hotel in Belfast on the November 19, to watch up to 50 variety acts perform live.
Savills say a number of high-profile Irish personalities are lending their support to this years' event including Baz Ashmawy from the Sky One show "50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy" and Dublin rose Aisling Finnegan will feature on a four-person judging panel at the Dublin event hosted by former Miss Ireland and RTE presenter Pamela Flood.
In Cork, Red FM DJ "KC" will introduce a variety of acts hoping to impress the judging panel. In Belfast, local celebrity and Cool FM DJ Pete Snodden will MC the night along with Belfast's Chamber of Commerce President Hugh Black.
Gavin Butler of Savills said theevent has been so succesful up to now that it is ripe for expansion: "The idea for Ireland's Got Talent originated from our Belfast office in 2013 and due to its success, a decision was made to expand the event to Dublin and Cork.
"Last year we raised over €60,000 for cancer charities throughout the island of Ireland and this year we are looking to emulate that figure by targeting an ambitious but achievable figure of €100,000 for Focus Ireland and the Marie Curie Hospicem" Mr Butler added.