Singer Brian Kennedy thrilled hundreds of guests who thronged Titanic Belfast for the first charity gala ball to be held in the iconic new building marking the 100th anniversary of the world’s most famous ship.
The highly successful evening was hosted by Belfast company Legacy Wealth to raise funds for the Ulster Cancer Foundation (UCF),Northern Ireland’s leading cancer charity.
An auction and raffle alone raised £10,000 which will all go to help cancer patients acrossNorthern Ireland.
The glamorous event was compered by TV presenter Paul Clark and guests danced well into the night to the sound of one ofIreland’s top live bands,Electric Avenue.
Those who attended were welcomed to the building with the sound of harpist Joanna Byrne and traditional music group Tully. During the evening Irish dancing group Celtic Storm entertained with colourful and imaginative sets.
Joyce Savage, UCF’s Head of Appeals and Marketing, said, “We are delighted that Legacy Wealth hosted this fabulous evening for the Ulster Cancer Foundation, and at such an iconic landmark. The 100th anniversary of the Titanic is an exciting occasion for the whole community. We are thrilled to have a central role in the festivities and at the same time raise vital funds to help cancer patients and their families acrossNorthern Ireland.
“This was the first opportunity for many people to see the amazing facilities Titanic Belfast has to offer. Our guests have told us that they had an absolutely wonderful evening. I’d like to say a big thank you to all who attended and who supported us in anyway to make this event such a huge success.”
The gala ball was the concept of Legacy Wealth Director Keith Liggett, who has already raised funds for UCF by running the New Yorkmarathon on his 40th birthday last November.
Keith said, “As a Director of Legacy Wealth, a local company that specialises in helping clients protect their financial affairs, I all too often come across families and individuals coping with the consequences of cancer. Unfortunately employees of Legacy Wealth and their families have also been affected by cancer and sadly a friend and colleague recently lost her brave fight against this dreadful disease.
“She and others had talked about the good work that the Ulster Cancer Foundation does for patients and their families in the local community so I felt drawn to supporting this charity,” he said.
“I had the idea of organising the gala ball as a way of raising as much money as possible for the charity with the support of our extensive bank of both Corporate and Private clients throughoutNorthern Ireland.
“Legacy Wealth is known for its exceptional client experience and, in keeping with our reputation, secured a first class venue and line up of local talent for the evening which was memorable for all. I’m very grateful to the many people who supported this wonderful event.”