Birmingham’s latest Irish gala dinner was deemed to be a great success after it raised £15,000.
The event, which took place at the MacDonald Burlington Hotel on November 14, collected funds for the Birmingham Irish Association and Immigrant Counselling and Psychotherapy (ICAP) Birmingham.
The night ran smoothly thanks to the efforts of MC and auctioneer Bob Brolly, while local acts provided added entertainment.
Comedian and actress Jo Enright performed a stand-up set before The Commitments tribute band, The Committed, showcased their musical talents.
It was the first time a Birmingham Irish gala dinner had been held to raise money for two separate organisations.
It attracted 200 guests from all over the UK and Ireland including the Irish ambassador to Britain, Dan Mulhall, and his wife, Greta.
The chief executive of the Birmingham Irish Association, Maurice Mal- one, was grateful to all involved and saw the evening as a chance to promote the impact of the charities’ efforts.
“It’s an opportunity for the Irish community to celebrate and learn more about the work we do for the vulnerable members of our society,” he said.
Despite a £15,000 in- crease in its own Emi- grant Support Programme funding since last year, Mr. Malone stressed the importance of continuing to raise money from elsewhere.
He said: “We have raised some much needed funds which will allow us to carry on with the in- valuable work we do.”