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Thursday 24 May 2018

Frocktail and Cocktail major success for Hope Cancer Support Centre

Ministers attend sell-out event

Organiser Josephine Casey with Minister for Health Simon Harris and Minister Michael D’Arcy
Organiser Josephine Casey with Minister for Health Simon Harris and Minister Michael D’Arcy
Tina Morris, Caroline Cousins and Emma Curley

Sara Gahan

The 'Frocktail and Cocktail' charity gala ball held in the Ashdown Park Hotel on Saturday in aid of Hope Cancer Support Centre in Enniscorthy was a huge success.

Among the 365 people at the event was Minister for Health Simon Harris, Minister Michael D'Arcy and Minister Paul Kehoe.

Host Josephine Casey said 'it was one of the biggest events to date in the Ashdown'. 'We had 60 people on our waiting list for tickets,' added Josephine.

A red carpet was laid out for a very special and highly anticipated guest - eight-year old Fionn Stafford from Monageer, who made an appearance to present Josephine with flowers and a painting.

'He is my hero,' said Josephine. 'He is a cancer survivor and has been through a lot at such a young age.'

The guests enjoyed a champagne reception upon arrival, before treated to a delicious four-course meal in the ball room.

'During dinner, each guest received two free cocktails of their choice,' said Josephine. 'Plus everyone got a free box of chocolates to take home with them as well.'

Josephine said she could not get over the amount of spot prizes that businesses had sponsored for the charity ball.

Entertainment was provided by the 'Best Wedding Band of the Year 2017' Blue Moose, followed by a DJ who played until the early hours of the morning.

Josephine said she would like to give a big thank you to the staff at the Ashdown Hotel, local businesses, volunteers, and to those who donated.

Gorey Guardian

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