Over €8,500 Raised for Charity at the Irish Restaurant Awards
The Restaurants Association of Ireland is delighted to announce that €8,561.60 was raised at the ninth annual Irish Restaurant Awards held on Monday 8th May in the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, Dublin. The money, which was raised through guest donations, was divided between the Irish Restaurant Awards 2017 official charity partner Depaul and The Restaurants Association of Ireland Benevolent Fund.
CEO of Depaul, Kerry Anthony had this to say: “I’d like to thank the Irish Restaurants Association for choosing Depaul as their charity partner this year. All funds raised are much needed and will help support some of the most vulnerable people in our Society."
Each year, the Irish Restaurant Awards endeavour to raise funds for a charitable cause by holding a fundraiser on the night of the Awards final. Over 40 prizes for this year’s raffle fundraiser were donated by Restaurants, Hotels and Cafes who offered anything from chocolates and wine to luxurious hotel breaks. The awards’ media partner The Irish Times also generously donated spot prizes including tickets to U2 and Guns ‘n’ Roses.
Depaul is a leading cross-border charity supporting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. They manage over 20 specialised accommodation and community outreach services across four main service areas: Homelessness and vulnerable families’ services, Homelessness prevention services, Homeless addiction services and Homelessness and criminal justice services.
They offer support and guidance to break the cycle of homelessness, and assist their service users in making positive choices for their future. In 2016, Depaul provided 497 bed spaces each night and helped over 3,500 people.
The RAI Benevolent Fund was founded in March 1996 for the purpose of supporting people from the hospitality & catering industry who, through no fault of their own, have fallen on hard times. The Benevolent Fund is made available to those currently or previously involved in the hospitality industry in Ireland. Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association, Adrian Cummins commented, “We are delighted to that announce that over €8,500 was raised for Depaul and The RAI Benevolent fund. It is fantastic that we can bring more good news from the Awards and a night of industry celebration. I would like to thank our guests for their kindness and I have no doubt that their donations will make a difference.”