Glamorous Winter Ball provides a boost for Clonmel-based Cancer Support Centre

Winter Ball

Above - The organising committee of the very successful Winter Ball held at Hotel Minella in aid of the Clonmel-based CARE Cancer Support Centre. From left, Anthony Lawless, Dorothy Kidd, Alison Cronin, Ann Marie Breen and Tony Egan.

The first-ever Winter Ball took place in Hotel Minella, Clonmel, in aid of the Clonmel-based CARE Cancer Support Centre. 

This black tie event was a night of glamour and elegance from start to finish. 

As guests entered the grounds of the hotel they were greeted by beams of shining lights, similar to a night at the Oscars, followed by a reception, with music by Eamon O'Malley and Jessica Stokes. 

Hotel Minella as always served an outstanding four-course meal and then guests danced the night away to the wonderful Pearly Whites and continued dancing late into the night with DJ Ram.

The organisers sincerely thank all of those who made the event such an outstanding success, including the event sponsors and all the businesses who donated spot prizes; the wonderful hostesses Sarah Egan and Robyn Whitely; and a special word of thanks is extended to Anthony Lawless, Department of Imagineering for his spectacular input into setting the Winter Ball theme in the function room with lavish table settings, a sweet cart and a photo booth, which provided great fun all night. These were complemented by floral arrangements by florist Ann Fitzpatrick. 

The organisers are also grateful to local auctioneer John Fitzgerald, who ran an art auction for six beautiful paintings donated by local and national artists.

Due to the phenomenal success of the night and the fantastic encouragement received by the organisers after the event, they are delighted to announce that the 2018 Winter Ball in aid of CARE Cancer Support Centre will be held on Friday November 2nd next year.

Above - Having a great night at the Winter Ball at Hotel Minella, Clonmel in aid of the CARE Cancer Support Centre were, from left, Mark Hogan, Jackie Brennan, Tom and Chrissie Moylan, Sharon Lawless, Mary Lonergan, Tomás Lonergan, Grainne Boyle and Anthony Lawless.

A fantastic night was enjoyed by all for a very worthwhile charity, which is held very close to many people's hearts in Clonmel and the surrounding areas. The CARE Centre relies completely on fundraising and receives no government funding, making these events so important to cancer patients and their families. 

The centre is a place of calm, comfort and support where you are not hit by a barrage of medical facts.

It offers endless help to families not only during the treatment of cancer but also with aftercare and bereavement support, for which many families are eternally grateful.