Charities can raise a glass to rotary club after evening of wine and art

ARTISTS and wine lovers from around Killarney and South Kerry have provided a real boost for four local charities

The annual Killarney Rotary Club 'Evening of Wine & Art' has become one of the most popular fundraisers of the year and this year was no exception with hundreds of wine connoisseurs and art lovers combining for a night out with a difference in the Malton Hotel.

There were even more smiles when the proceeds of the gala event were handed over to three Killarney charities - the outdoor playground at St Oliver's National School, the proposed community-based athletics track in Killarney, and the Irish Kidney Association and The Irish Wheelchair Association.

"This was the 10th anniversary of An Evening of Wine & Art and, whilst in terms of fundraising we are not where we were 10 years ago, I think the evening demonstrated admirably that when communities and groups pull together then great things can be achieved," said Killarney Rotary President Paul Sherry.

"The good people of Killarney came out in force to support these causes and for this we are all very grateful. I want to thank all of the groups who put so much effort in selling the tickets; this is a hugely important factor in making the event a success, we know it is not easy and you are to be commended for this fine effort," he added.

Paul thanked all those involved in organising the big event in particular Rotary colleagues who "work tirelessly on this event and others in support of local charities and communities".

He also paid tribute to the Daly family and all at Daly's SuperValu for their support as main sponsor, and Malton Hotel General Manager Conor Hennigan all his staff for their support.


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