City Hall to host NI Hospice Violet Ball

Published Thursday, 20 February 2014
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Belfast City Hall is set to host a glamorous charity ball in aid of the Northern Ireland Hospice, featuring an exclusive performance by Brian Kennedy and the chance to bid for a Snow Patrol guitar.

City Hall to host NI Hospice Violet Ball
Miss NI Meagan Green and Belfast Lord Mayor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir. (© Harrison Photography)

The Violet Ball will see guests including Miss Northern Ireland Meagan Green, Olympian Dame Mary Peters and boxing legend Barry McGuigan join Lord Mayor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir to raise vital funds.

It is hoped that over £25,000 will be raised to go towards building a new state of the art adult hospice at Somerton Road in the city.

According to the Lord Mayor, the ball is shaping up to be a fantastic evening in the "suitably grand setting" of the City Hall.

"This charity has supported so many families throughout Belfast and the Violet Ball is a great opportunity to give something back to this wonderful organisation," Mr Ó Muilleoir added.

The evening will include a drinks reception, four-course dinner, the performance by Brian Kennedy and a charity auction and ballot.

As well as a guitar donated by Snow Patrol, other items up for grabs will include high-value pieces of boxing, rugby and golf memorabilia.

The Violet Ball promises to be a night to remember - with unforgettable entertainment, food and drinks, all set within the incomparable surrounds of Belfast City Hall.

Stuart Kennedy, Belfast to Boston team

The Violet Ball is the brain-child of the NI Hospice's Belfast to Boston marathon team.

Stuart Kennedy, Peter White, Boston native Eileen Jack and her husband Daniel will be running the Boston Marathon in April also in aid of the charity, as well as organising the ball.

As part of their wider fundraising efforts, the team are also organising a 5k Between the Bridge run in June to help raise even more funds towards the hospice rebuild.

"We are so thankful for the support of the Lord Mayor of Belfast and our incredible Belfast to Boston marathon runners for their support in creating this wonderful event," Joanna Pawson, fundraising and marketing manager for the NI Hospice, said.

"Initiatives such as the Violet Ball will raise vital funds to help to turn the dream of a new Northern Ireland Hospice at Somerton Road into a reality."

The Violet Ball will be held from 7pm on Saturday 29 March at Belfast City Hall, with tickets costing £100 or £1,000 for a table of 10.

© UTV News
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