Community Arts Centre Fundraising being shaken not stirred

Damian Moran

Reporter:

Damian Moran

The recent James Bond night in the Nissan Garage in Burlington Business Park, the brain child of Sheila McDermott and Mary Roche, shook the pockets of the ‘ladies’ of the town to support the Arts.

The recent James Bond night in the Nissan Garage in Burlington Business Park, the brain child of Sheila McDermott and Mary Roche, shook the pockets of the ‘ladies’ of the town to support the Arts.

The Tullamore Community Arts Centre fundraising is well underway with the last 40K being raised through various fundraising events across the county. The James Bond night was an amazing spectacle which saw a collaboration from Tullamore Musical Society and Tullamore Amateur Dramatic Society members who added some drama and sophisticated backing singing to ‘James Bond’.

The event saw the Black and Bling Ladies traversing the red carpet while being entertained by glamorous Stage Craft crew on stilts and giving us a great display of Poi amid the glitz and lights of event. Strict security (provided by Ed Kelly, TADS) meant that the ladies were cleared to enter the sparkling venue transformed into a chique nightclub.

As the light faded the bond music echoed throughout the room and the ladies all strained their necks to get a look at the fabulous white Nissan Juke with blackened windows. The car was driven up the red carpet by the ‘Boss’ aka Paddy Fenning and out jumped two tall tux clad hunks with dark glasses aka John Dolan and Fred Dolan from TADS.

They circled the car and made sure the coast was clear before the man of the moment ‘James Bond’ aka Keith McDonald made his grand entrance to the venue. The excitement that rang through the room reduced the ‘ladies’ to giggling girlies helped no doubt by the Cosmopolitans created by Emmet Lynch’s bar staff. James smoozed his way through the room and serenaded the crowd with a few numbers from his latest CD helped by the lovely bond girls including Natalie Kelly from Tullamore Musical Society.

The night was a great fundraising idea which is assisting in the local community raising the last €40K of our contribution towards the new Arts Centre.

Any ideas you may have for a unique fundraising idea are well worth considering and you can contact Fionnuala Corrigan with any such idea on 0863970943. In the next few weeks keep an eye out for other interesting fundraising projects including the Coins for Art – Guinness world record Mosaic challenge (25th May), and other tea parties and exhibitions.

TADS series of one act plays and monologues called ‘Gossip’ in Lynch’s from Wednesday 22nd – Friday 24th inclusive will also provide an opportunity to support the arts and this fundraising locally.