THE annual Western Care Candlelight Ball, a highly anticipated occasion every Valentine’s Day weekend, will once again be a virtual event this year following the success of last year’s online event which raised more of €35,000 for children and adults with learning disabilities across Mayo.
To mark the 22nd year of fundraising celebrations hosted by the Castlebar Voluntary Branch of Western Care, a virtual evening of entertainment featuring some of Ireland’s top artists and local talent will be streamed online on Saturday, February 12 from 8-10 p.m.
Mary Kennedy, Stuart Moyles, Padraig O’Hora, Jimmy Buckley, Pamela Gilmartin, Pat Shortt, Tony Christie and Cathal Gavin will be joined by other stars, with a final list announced shortly.
The event will be streamed live on Western Care’s Facebook page.
Launching the event, Cora Mulroy, Chair of the Fundraising Committee, said, “The Western Care Association is a Mayo charity with deep roots in the community and provides a wide range of services to children and adults. with learning disabilities.
“Last year we raised over €35,000, with every penny directly benefiting and improving the quality of life of the people we supported through various projects. Once again this year we invite the people of Mayo and more to support Western Care on this very special fun night.
“The association’s fundraising efforts have been significantly hampered due to Covid restrictions and we hope the public will tune in to this incredible evening and donate what they can to the Western Care Association.
“The event itself is free, but we are running a raffle before and during the evening with fantastic prizes. There will even be a raffle for those who buy their raffle tickets early. In the evening, our main prize will be a cash prize of €1,000 plus other great prizes.
Cora continued, “The Candlelight Fundraising Evening Committee would like you to join us for a very special evening of entertainment, fun, interviews and an opportunity to win generous prizes, from the comfort of your home, while supporting this essential Mayo Charity.”
Western Care is a voluntary organization established in 1966 by parents and friends of children with learning disabilities in County Mayo. Today, the association provides a wide range of services through a network of group homes, training centers and individualized services throughout the county and relies heavily on fundraising to support its services.
This candlelit evening will be broadcast live on the Western Care Facebook page on Saturday, February 12 from 8 p.m. and promises two hours of high-quality virtual entertainment.
More details to follow. Keep an eye on the Valentines Candlelight Ball Facebook page for updates.