I always like to meet people who think outside of the box, being a "thinking outside of the box" kind of person" myself - I'm highly receptive to innovative ideas. And that's exactly what I felt meeting James and Kismet Noonan who have come up with a fun and unusual way to do a charity fundraiser. On the 10th of March, right here in good old Nenagh, they are hosting a "Vintage Graduation" in the Abbey Court Hotel to raise money not only for Relay for Life/Irish Cancer Society but also for Suaimhneas Care Centre - The North Tipperary Cancer Support Centre.
I myself took part in Relay for Life last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. 24 hours walking and chatting and meeting new people and fully immersing yourself in the magic of raising money for people you know, in the memory of those you've lost or in the hopes of saving others around you.
So, James and Kismet have a team called Team Cando for Relay for Life this year and the Vintage Graduation event is a fundraising event for them.The proceeds will be split between the two.
For those of you not familiar with Suaimhneas, it is a support centre located here in Nenagh for people living with cancer and their carers.Their mission is to extend a "helping hand" to all those affected by cancer by creating a supportive, safe, confidential and warm environment. Located in Clonaslee, Gortlandroe it is a completely volunteer organization
I sat down with them in their kitchen the other night and let me tell you it brought back lots of memories. Of course in American it's your prom. You have the Prom King and Queen - which you'll have on the 10th of March. You have the wild and wacky dresses and pale blue tuxedos' - you'll have those on the 10th of March and if you didn't go to your Grad or Prom all those years ago - well, here's your chance to capture some magical memories!!
Tickets cost €45 Euro but that includes your meal and great Music from the 70's, 80's and 90's.Tables will each have a movie theme to them and there will be a list of questions at each to get everyone talking !!They even worked with head chef David Oulton at the Abbey Court Hotel to come up with a special menu on the night (see below) and the hotel is also offering a special deal on rooms for the night €89 per couple including breakfast. What a deal! And all for such a good cause.
I talked to Ray Lynch, Deputy Manager at the Abbey Court about putting this event together and he told me,
" I suppose what makes this event quiet unique is that it is a “second chance” to attend your debs night.
The menu for that night is somewhat designed on the old menus from years ago,when we were younger and debs menu’s would’ve had this type of food on it.
It needed quiet rightly a open mind from our Executive Chef David Oulton,who in consultation with Kismet and Jim came up with this menu.
I also didn’t attend my own debs years ago,and understand if I didn’t there would be more people like me.
Its going to be incredibly fun and enjoyable and more importantly for a good cause.
The tables themselves are going to be dressed a little different also with old style colours"
Intrigued to find out what Chef Oulton came up with?
Melody of the 80's - Egg Mayonnaise, mini-Florida cocktail, mini prawn cocktails with avocado vinaigrette.
Retro Chicken - Roast half Spring chicken with tomato and thyme gravy
Salmon En Croute - with spinach, marscapone cheese and herb cream
Nut Cutlet (Vegetarian Option) - hazelnut and date cutlet with rosemary hollandaise
Finally, Grannies Lethal Cork Sherry Trifle with Ice Cream
If you've been through Nenagh lately, you might also see that some of the charity shops have dressed their windows for the occasion. Tuxedo's and dresses graced one I walked by the other day- they are just waiting for a couple to come in and get them for this unique evening out. Kismet has approached many local businesses such as the hair salons, beauticians, dress hire and charity shops to do up their windows. Many will offer discounts.
So kick off your charitable side this year and put the Vintage Graduation on your event schedule. It's guaranteed to be a fun night out and you can feel good about giving towards two important causes that seem to affect pretty much everyone these days.
Take a Step Toward Fighting Cancer.
Tickets are Available at The Abbey Court Hotel at 067-41111 or from James Noonan at 086-8873986.