The gala fundraiser held in Langton’s of John Street, Kilkenny on Valentines night in aid of the Carlow Kilkenny Home Care Team was an overwhelming success and completely sold out.
Events like these don’t just happen. Lots of hours of work go on behind the scenes trying to get sponsors, items for auction and spot prizes. The Committee of Áine Fitzgerald, Kevin Fennelly, Dave Matthews, Carolanne Buckley and Mary Harrington thanked everyone who helped them and Pamela Farragher Sheridan of PF Design and Print designed and printed up the posters and tickets.
Langton’s pulled out all the stops with a fantastic menu, delicious food, served up efficiently and to their normal high standard. Fast Lane Audio Visual had set up a big screen with a slide show of everyone who helped out, listing sponsors, donations, auction items and spot prizes. They had also lit up the whole room in red so that it looked like something out of a bridal magazine. Signiatec were the main sponsor. Mr. Simms donated a chocolate truffle for each guest. Specsavers donated a free eye test for everyone who attended also. Flowers by Lucy donated a flower to every woman. “The women were thrilled as for most of them it was the only flower they got for Valentine’s Day,” organiser Mary Harrington claimed.
The presence of the Liam McCarthy and Sam Maguire cups added to the occasion and people queued to get photos with them. Thanks to Noreen and Dave Murphy who brought Sam along and to Rackard Cody for the McCarthy Cup. Donations were received from Andy O’Keeffe Auctioneer, Doheny Wheelie Bins and Recycling Limited, Jim Denieffe in Highway Safety Development, Ballyhale Gun Club. Brendan Hennessy was the MC for the night and also the auctioneer. He kept everything running smoothly and with his hawk eye there were no bids missed during the auction!
All auction items were sold and over €30,00 was raised at the auction. Items were - 4 Ball in Mount Juliet; 2 Nights B&B in Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa in Clonakilty, Co. Cork; 2 Nights B&B in Lyrath Estate Hotel; 2 Nights B&B in the Fitzwilton Hotel in Waterford; 2009 Grand Slam Jersey with 16 signatures on it; 2 Premium tickets for the Ireland v Italy match (were sold prior to auction); a service for a trailer/GPS tracking device from SMS Trailers; a service for a car from Eoghan Farrell and Darragh Phelan of Gowran Motors at Morrissey Motors; a Pendant from Jackie and Ed Keilthy; a voucher for a headpiece from Rebekah Patterson Milliner; Vouchers for Top Oil; Guided Tour around the Rhythm and Hues Animation Studios in Los Angeles.
There was 39 Spot Prizes on the night which consisted of a JVC CD player from Mrs. Brophy; a Rudolph Heltzel voucher; two tickets for the Blue Light Ball; Hot Stone Massage from Lilac Lodge; 1 Night B&B in Bewley’s Ballsbridge; Lunch for two in Zuni; Voucher for two in Yindees Downtown; Chocolate Hamper from the Little Coffee House in Carlow; Hamper from Broderick Brothers; Hamper from Kilkenny Design Centre, Green fees at Callan Golf Club; Green fees at Mountain View Golf Club; a Pandora Bracelet from Murphy Jewellers; a piece of Jewellery from Belle in William Street; Dublin Tourism Passes; Country Life Voucher; a voucher for a birthday cake from Cafe 1; a voucher from Falcon Travel; a voucher from Dick Dooley Butcher; a Spray Tan at home from Caroline; 2 tickets for the Visual Arts Centre in Carlow; Voucher for Lohs Restaurant; a Voucher for Cafe Sol, a voucher from Blueberry; a voucher from Boots; bottles of wine; a Marble City Tea Rooms gift card; a voucher for Dubray Books; a Voucher from K Bowl; biscuits, sweets and wine from Eddie and Frances Kennedy; Sam McAuley Hamper; Box of Chocolates; Lunch for tw in the Talbot Hotel.
The Marble City Sounds provided the music and it is no wonder their reputation is that of being the best band in the area, the floor was packed from the time the first note was played. Pat Treacy followed the band with a disco and anyone who was still there definitely had sore feet going home in the early hours of Wednesday morning.