GMIT graduates raise €34,000 for Croi

Mary Cunningham and Mark Keane, present a cheque to Neil Johnson, CEO, Croí for €34,010 which is the proceeds from the annual Gala Christmas Cabaret, held in aid of Croí at the Radisson SAS Hotel. Also in photo are committee members from left: Colette Keaveney, Edel Lambe, Croí, Patty Wheelar, Rita Tansey, James Dilleen, Radisson SAS Hotel, Marian Beatty, Martin McDonnell, Catherine McCurry, Marie Hennelly, Eilish Deffew, Sonia Carey, and Bernice Devery.

Mary Cunningham and Mark Keane, present a cheque to Neil Johnson, CEO, Croí for €34,010 which is the proceeds from the annual Gala Christmas Cabaret, held in aid of Croí at the Radisson SAS Hotel. Also in photo are committee members from left: Colette Keaveney, Edel Lambe, Croí, Patty Wheelar, Rita Tansey, James Dilleen, Radisson SAS Hotel, Marian Beatty, Martin McDonnell, Catherine McCurry, Marie Hennelly, Eilish Deffew, Sonia Carey, and Bernice Devery.

Members of the GMIT Business Studies Graduates Association led by Mary A Cunningham raised €34,000 for local heart charity, Croi, this year.

The money was raised through several fundraising projects, particularly the annual gala Christmas cabaret, which is always a a major success.

“This year, despite the recession, hundreds turned up for yet another brilliant cabaret,” says Ms Cunningham. “The guest star was the internationally famous Fr Liam Lawton, singer/composer who gave a brilliant performance and received several standing ovations. Also taking part were Mark Keane (piano ) and Friends, a versatile group performing a fusion of styles including Spanish, Cuban and jazz.

“The internationally famous tango dancers, Marion and Enrique, gave a brilliant performance, and the Celine Hession School of Irish Dance was also outstanding. Prior to the cabaret, the Galway Chamber Choir, conducted by Mark Keane, sang a wide selection of popular well loved Christmas carols in the foyer. Freddy Byrne and The Guinness Jazz Band also gave a brilliant performance.”

The producer/director of the cabaret was Ms Cunningham while the stage manager/MC was Sten Pears.

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