Racing for Rosabel - two years of fashionable fundraising

Mark the date in the diary - a great day out, and all for a very good cause - because Tuesday, July 30 is the day of the Racing for Rosabel fundraising event in The Skeff Bar, Eyre Square.

Fashionistas and style enthusiasts will have the opportunity to win some amazing prizes (prize package worth up to the value of €1,000 ) from Eyre Square Shopping centre ( Best Dressed Female ) , Eddie Murphy Menswear (Best Dressed Gent ) and Barry’s Hair & Beauty Studio (Best Head Piece ).

Guests will be entertained by the talented musician Paul Gaughan while enjoying delicious treats from the Skeff Kitchen including a whiskey, gin and bubbles welcome drinks reception, which is kindly sponsored by The Skeff, Aperol Spritz, Jameson & Method & Madness Gin. Get snapped in your racing finest, win some prizes before Bus Eireann whisk you off to Ballybrit for an exciting day of racing- complimentary to all ‘Racing for Rosabel’ attendees!

The event, which comes ahead of Galway Races, will see a drinks reception, delicious canapés, live music, racing tips, and fashion advice from style experts. The Races are always associated with glamorous outfits, larger-than-life headpieces, colourful accessories and (hopefully ) sunglasses.

As a result, those going to the fundraiser are urged to dress to impress and be in with a chance of winning prizes. In advance of the Racing for Rosabel fundraiser, we caught up with a few of the fashionable judges to gain some style tips ahead of the event.

According to Orlagh Winter, columnist for Tralee Today, it is important to wear colours to catch the judges’ eyes; not to be afraid to stand out; accessories are key; and comfort is paramount to enjoying a day at the racecourse. Orlagh advises against "fake tan disasters" and "ladies walking like a baby giraffe in uncomfortable, skyscraper heels".

Caroline Downey of Carried Away PR said The Galway Races is her favourite week of the year. "My biggest piece of style advice is to dress for your shape, no one else's," she said. "We are all uniquely different so one outfit on me can look so different on someone else. Be yourself, dress for yourself and be comfortable, if you don't feel comfortable you will look uncomfortable.”

Mary White of Mary White Millinery has created numerous bespoke headpieces and hats that have graced the heads of many racegoers throughout the years. When selecting a headpiece, Mary said: "I feel it's extremely important to consider the client's face shape, overall body shape and their height. Of course, you must complement the outfit also."

Racing for Rosabel proceeds will be donated to Rosabel’s Rooms, which helps provide comfort and support for grieving parents and families suffering through childhood death.

Tickets are €39 and available from Eventbrite or at Skeffington Arms Hotel reception.

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