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A big thank you to one and all!

On Saturday night I hosted my 10th annual Charity Ball in aid of Donegal Down Syndrome in the Clanree Hotel with 400 guests. For me this Ball was the most special of them all.

I was honoured to have Sinead McDevitt as my special guest. She interviewed me last year for WDSD and it was after that I decided to have another Charity Ball with the proceeds going to DDS

It was great to see so many glamorous guests turn out to support Donegal Down Syndrome. 

All the Dancers were amazing to see the joy on their faces would do your heart good. They all trained very hard over the past few weeks and it paid off on the night with their lovely display of dancing under the watchful eye of their dancing tutor Shona Tinneny, a big thanks you to all the dancers and their partners.

Thanks to the Chairperson of the London Association Tony McFadden and his wife Phil and friends who support the ball year after year.

Thanks to all my media friends Highland Radio, Donegal Daily, Rachel, Donegal Woman Finn Valley Voice and the Letterkenny Leader who were all present on the night and for their coverage before and after the ball highlighting Donegal Down Syndrome.

Special thanks to Claire and Roy from Eventful who kindly sponsored to dress the room and did an excellent job. They couldn’t have done it better, it was the talk of the night so thank you both so much and I realise how much work that was involved.

Thanks to Anna Louise from Rustic Runway Vintage in Omagh for my vintage dress from New York and 40 years old. Thanks to McElhinney’s for my jewellery.

To Elaine Gormley in the Shandon Hair Spa for styling my hair, she was there with her sister Carolynne the GM and her team.

As always to the head chef Keith Logue along with his team who prepared a lovely dinner for over 400 guests. To Annette O Donnell for organising the table plan etc and Antoinette Coyle who was outstanding in her role and did such an amazing job getting things organised on the lead up to the ball and during it not forgetting her professional team and the General Manager Michael Naughton.

To the compere for the night Lee Gooch who did a fantastic job as always, photographer Declan Devlin and Sinead McGowan for taking the photos and Siobhan Barrett Doherty for doing my Instagram takeover throughout the night capturing all the action.

To the Mc Gettigan family represented by Martin who was my guest speaker, no bother to him to deliver a speech and Gina Grant for DDS who also said a few words.

A special thanks to all the local businesses who sponsored the amazing spot prizes. A huge thanks to the McGettigan’s for that amazing trip to Dubai for 2 including flights and accommodation in their 5-star Bonnington Jumeriah Lakes hotel and congratulations to the Jackie Abbas the lucky winner of this prize. Jackie Abbas. A huge thanks to Thomas and Ann Mac Carron from London who kindly donated another amazing prize of a trip to Portugal for 4 people for 7 nights with golf.

To Manus Kelly from Clipvine, London for sending on two football jerseys, Spurs and Arsenal.

What Can I say about the David Craig band, they were brilliant and had the floor rocking followed by our own DJ Tubsy.

And finally, to all you here who came out to support this great cause thank you all so much.


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