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Thursday 2 October 2014

Patrons of the arts

Published 10/12/2013 | 05:42

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In the Art Centre on Friday night at the fundraising cabaret auction were Lauren Corish Wallace and Elizabeth Rose Browne

Members of Wexford's artistic community gathered at Wexford Arts Centre recently to celebrate the venue's contribution to the arts in Wexford and to raise funds in order for it to continue.

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Part of the fundraiser saw a variety of interesting pieces including autographed photos of Hollywood legends Orlando Bloom and Francis Ford Coppola and a genuine 1979 Abba tour jacket go under the hammer at a charity auction.

The Abba tour jacket, which was presented by the band to music writer Jackie Hayden in 1979 and was subsequently donated to the cause, attracted particular attention on the night. 'The evening went very well,' said Elizabeth Whyte, Executive Director of Wexford Arts Centre. 'In total, the auction raised over €1,000 with the highlight being the Abba tour jacket which sold for €350.'

The jacket was purchased by DoneDeal founder Fred Karlsson, ensuring that it will once again return to Swedish hands.

As well as the charity auction, some of Wexford's finest literary and music talent was on hand to take the stage. Billy Roche, Aileen Donohoe, Jim Maguire, Wexford Improv group and B and the Honeyboy all performed and there was also a fun raffle where the winner would get their name included in Paul O'Brien's new novel 'Blood Red Turns Dollar Green III'.

Suzanne Power read beautifully, while Helena Mulkerns provided quirky short stories before Eoin Colfer read from his best selling crime fiction novel 'Screwed'.

The Revelator Orchestra saw out the night which was a hit with those in attendance.

Elizabeth Whyte also launched a short video clip made by High Wind Films which captures the creative activities for all ages that take place in Wexford Arts Centre.

She also thanked all who contributed for their

ongoing support.

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