Sunday 20 October 2019

Business charity ball raising funds for one of Cork's oldest homelessness charities

Mícheál Ó Scannáil

An annual Cork charity ball is pulling out all the stops this year in an effort to raise much-needed funds for one of the city’s oldest homelessness charities.

The proceeds of the raffle at the annual Marketing Institute of Ireland (MII) Cork Charity Ball will go to a well deserved home.

Cork Penny Dinners- set up over 150 years ago to help famine victims - is the primary source of food and warmth for many homeless people in Cork.

This year’s prestigious event, entitled The Ringmasters Ball, is circus themed and fire breathers, acrobats and trapeze artists will all perform before the charity raffle takes place.

Last year’s Renaissance-themed event raised €7,750 for Down Syndrome Cork Field of Dreams, and it is expected that this year’s raffle will top even that.

Speaking at the launch of the ball this week, Caitriona Twomey, CPD Volunteer Coordinator for Cork Penny Dinners said that the fundraiser is a much-needed boost for the charity.

“Penny Dinners has been providing a helping hand and a hot meal to those that need it most for centuries,” she said, “but sadly our services are needed more today than ever before.

“With so many obstacles in front of those that visit us on a daily basis, the generosity of MII Cork and the Cork business community as a whole is hugely appreciated and greatly needed, so I am so thankful that we have been selected as the chosen MII Cork Ball charity for 2019.

“Due to the growing needs of the Cork public we are currently in the middle of expanding our services offered to include a step-up house and medical services. The generosity of ball attendees and the funds raised will be instrumental in making these a reality.”

The ball, which will take place in Rochestown Park Hotel on Saturday March 23, will feature a drinks reception and a five-course-meal and, as well as the circus performers, Cork four-piece ‘The Guilty Judges’ will also entertain the business guests gathered to mingle and network.

Tickets for the event are on sale for €100 until February 25 when they will increase in price to €125, and tables of ten can be booked for €1,000.

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