Over 300 guests kicked off the Christmas season at the Newstalk Christmas Lunch in aid of the Marie Keating Foundation in The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin.
The lunch raised over €30,000 with all proceeds going to the Marie Keating Foundation, which helps men and women prevent cancer, detect it at earliest stages and journey through cancer diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.
Newstalk presenter Shane Coleman was MC for the event, among the attendee’s were Brian and Pippa Ormond, Shane Byrne, Lorraine Keane, Mary Byrne, Anna Daly, Paul Williams and Brian Dowling to name but a few.
Guests enjoyed a champagne reception followed by a delicious Christmas themed three-course lunch accompanied by wine, kindly sponsored by Marks & Spencer Ireland.
Entertainment for the afternoon was provided by Scott Newman & DJ Gary from First Class Entertainment.
Harvey Norman laid on a Christmas-themed raffle, with everyone who participated taking home a mini speaker, candle, Photo Centre voucher and other goodies.
Jo Harpur Jewellery kindly provided a bespoke Jo Harpur piece for the table raffle. Every guest received a Newstalk goody bag with gifts from Sleek, Gill, Grafton Barber, M&S and Ballygowan.
Linda Keating, Director of Fundraising, Marie Keating Foundation said “The Marie Keating Foundation is totally reliant on the generosity of people, companies and organisations to keep our cancer services going. That’s why we are so grateful for the continued support of Newstalk who sponsor this amazing lunch each year. We also want to say a big thank you to Marks & Spencer and to all the people who came to today’s event. Together with Newstalk, you are helping us to raise awareness amongst our secondary school students about how to adopt a healthy lifestyle and thereby reduce their risk of cancer as every cent from today’s lunch will go towards our Schools’ Cancer Awareness Programme.”
Also speaking at the lunch was Shane Coleman, Newstalk presenter who said, “This is a great start to the Christmas season for everyone at Newstalk, made even better because we are helping a charity that does great work to support men and women who are affected by cancer. As always, it was a fun and festive event and we hope that everyone who attended enjoyed it.”
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