The Golden Age of Hollywood Annual Ballycotton Lifeboat Gala dinner - Friday 3rd February


The annual Ballycotton Lifeboat fundraising Gala dinner at Ballymaloe House will take place on Friday 3rd February and for 2017 the production title is ‘The Golden Age of Hollywood’.   Ballymaloe House has supported Ballycotton Lifeboat for over 50 years and this annual event is a special night to the Allen family as it was at a Ballycotton Lifeboat fundraising evening in Ballymaloe House that Ivan and Myrtle Allen first met - little did they know then, that Ballymaloe House would become what it is today. 

The RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) is a vital coastal community charity devoted to saving lives at sea and along our coastline.  Lifeboat crews throughout England and Ireland provide lifesaving cover around our coast 24/7, 365 days a year.  100% of all funds raised at events like these goes towards its running costs and on average it takes €1,343 to kit out a lifeboat crewmember, €1,502 to train a crewmember, €257,000 to run the lifeboat station.   This annual RNLI Gala dinner at Ballymaloe House is our local Ballycotton Lifeboat's biggest annual fundraiser.

For 2017, Ballymaloe House is showcasing ‘The Golden Age of Hollywood’ and the dress code will be Old Hollywood Glamour.   

For one night only a sumptuous seasonal set Gala menu especially designed for the evening by the Ballymaloe chefs will be served, and the night will be generously featuring Cocktails, Jazz, Casino and Dancing.    

Tickets are €100 per person - please call (087) 120 4023 to book - booking in advance essential. 

The Ballycotton Lifeboat committee would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you for the continual support from our sponsors Ballymaloe House, Ballymaloe Foods, SuperValu Midleton, Matson's Wines, Wilkies Chocolates, National Event Hire, Hegarty Properties so far... there are still sponsorship opportunities available please contact Helen on (087) 120 4023 to discuss - without such generous sponsorship support for this annual fundraiser, raising over €13,000 (as we did in 2016) directly for the Ballycotton Lifeboat Station, would not be possible.



PRESS RELEASE: Ballycotton Lifeboat Golden Age of Hollywood Gala Dinner at Ballymaloe House

Friday 3rd February 2017

Hollywood comes to Ballymaloe House this Friday 3rd February in aid of Ballycotton Lifeboat for the glamorous annual Ballycotton Lifeboat fundraising Gala dinner.  This year’s production is taking on the title of ‘The Golden Age of Hollywoodand promises to be a glitzy night out raising funds to enable our local RNLI volunteer stars to keep our coast safe.   

For 2017, guests will experience a red carpet arrival and welcomed with a Cosmopolitan cocktail sponsored by Matson’s Wines whilst serenaded to old movie sound tracks by Mo O’Connor.  Celebs Entertainment will again be providing the themed fun in the form of Old style Paparazzi photographer, Hollywood dancers and a Celfie photobooth.  After dinner the small conservatory will be transformed into a mini Vegas Casino and glamorous Jazz / Swing duo VELVET (sponsored by 20/20 Windows and Glazing / Colin Lochaden Plumbing & Heating / Thomas Beausang Plant Hire and MTA1 Construction) will transform the beautiful large Ballymaloe conservatory into an old style Hollywood night-club.

The RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) / Lifeboat service is a vital charity devoted to saving lives at sea on our local coastline.  In 2016 Ballycotton Lifeboat was called out 26 times (11 more than in 2015), many of these rescues were to children and visitors enjoying the good summer weather on our coastline and not realizing the danger of currents and tidal changes.  Lifeboat crews throughout England and Ireland provide lifesaving cover around our coast 24/7, 365 days a year.  100% of all funds raised at events like these goes towards its running costs and on average it takes €1,343 to kit out a lifeboat crewmember, €1,502 to train a crewmember, €257,000 to run the lifeboat station.   Last year, this event raised €13,000 thanks to the generous support of Ballymaloe House and all our sponsors and this was a significant contribution directly to Ballycotton Lifeboat’s annual running costs.

Rory O’Connell at Ballymaloe House has designed a sumptuous 4 course -set menu including Ballycotton Fish Mousse with Lobster Butter Sauce, East Cork Beef and a selection of Ballymaloe Desserts for the evening at cost price and thanks to our generous sponsors guests will leave with a gift bag of Ballymaloe Relish goodies and Wilkie’s chocolate.   We would also like to thank all our new and regular raffle prize givers  - This generosity from our sponsors and prize givers makes a massive difference to the evening and to the overall fundraising potential – we would like to extend a huge thank you to them all as follows:  Ballymaloe House, Ballymaloe Foods, Ballycotton Island Lighthouse Tours, Brittany Ferries, Irish Ferries, Garryvoe Hotel, Castlemartyr Resort, Midleton Park Hotel, The Ballymaloe Cookery School, Isaac’s Restaurant Cork, The Schooner Bar Ballycotton, The Blackbird Ballycotton, Ballymaloe Grainstore, Irish Distillers, Cork Film Festival committee, Muckley’s Jewellery, Green Saffron, Hegarty Properties,  Le Caveau, Smith & Whelan wines,  Phil O’Dowd-Crowley.  Hegarty Properties for sponsoring some flowers and to National Event Hire (NEH) for Hollywood décor.

Big thank you to Flanagan’s Print and Celebs Entertainment too for all you do to make this event possible... every year.  Thank you for your support!

Tickets = €100 Most of which goes straight to Ballycotton Lifeboat thanks to Ballymaloe House and all our sponsors generosity!

If you require any further information or would like to join us this Friday and step into the Golden Age of Hollywood for a good cause, please contact Helen on (087) 120 4023


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