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In Pictures: Chairperson supports local charities with Charity Ball

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Michael Savage has been raising vital funds for the four charities that he has chosen to support during his year in office.

On Friday, February 3, over 300 guests turned out in their finery for the Chairperson’s Charity Ball at the Canal Court Hotel, Newry where they enjoyed a fantastic evening of food and entertainment provided by some of the best of our local musicians.

Kevin McAllister, Downtown Radio, was master of ceremonies for the evening event.

In his opening address, Councillor Savage welcomed guests, representatives from each of the four charities and sponsors.

“I am delighted to host this evening to raise vital funds for four exceptional charities that work right at the heart of our community; The Southern Area Hospice, Society of Saint Vincent De Paul, Suicide Down to Zero and The Simon Community.

“Each of these charities work tirelessly all year round to support struggling families and individuals in need. They always go the extra mile to make a difference in our community and it is my honour to support them during my year as Chairperson.

“At this time, the current cost of living crisis has had a profound impact on their donations, and they need our help more than ever. This evening is an opportunity to show our support for their services and to make a difference!”

Councillor Savage also extended a special thank you to sponsors Regen, Norbrook, Keltbray Group and EDB Developments for their invaluable financial contribution towards the event and encouraged guests to dig deep.

“I am appealing to your generosity and asking for your help to support my chosen charities tonight – every contribution that you make, however big or small, will go directly to each of the causes to help them to continue their work in the community.”

Chairperson Councillor Michael Savage with two of his sponsors

Sponsors Re-Gen pictured with Chairperson Councillor Michael Savage at the Charity Ball for chosen charities, St. Vincent De Paul, Simon Community, Suicide Down To Zero Southern Area Hospice.

Chairperson Councillor Michael Savage with Ursula Byrne, Rory O’Hanlon and Joe Byrne at the Chairperson’s Charity Ball.

Louise Quinn Crisis Cafe, Louise Clarke Slieve Croob First Responders and Loretta Gribben Chair Slieve Croob Community First Responders.

Members of Suicide Down To Zero, one of the Council Chairperson’s Councillor Michael Savage’s Charities to benefit from his Charity Ball.

Patrick Brown MLA and guests at the Alliance Party Table.

Council Chairman, Councillor Michael Savage with fellow councillors and guests at table 14.

Deputy Chairperson, Councillor Aoife Finnegan with her table guests back row l-r Councillors Barra Ó Muirí, Mickey Larkin, Cathal King and Declan Murphy, front row l-r MLA Conor Murphy, Councillor Aoife Finnegan, Oonagh Magennis and Aine Quinn.

CHAIRPERSON Councillor Michael Savage welcomes Kevin McAllister who was the Compere for the Charity Ball.

Chairperson Councillor Michael Savage with Niamh Noade who welcomed guests with her singing and harp playing as guests mingled at the drinks reception.

CHAIRPERSON Councillor Michael Savage with staff from Southern Area Hospice one of his chosen charities. front row l-r Bridget Smith, Damian Hillen, Chairperson Councillor Michael Savage, Jenny McLoughlin., back row l-r Louise Ste, Bernie Torley, Miiam Boyle, Jackie O’Rourke, Ciara Cunningham, Rosaline Quinn and Dr. Aileen McLaughlin.

CHAIRPERSON Councillor Michael Savage with representatives from his four chosen charities l-r

Award Winning Clanrye Group members supporting the Chairperson’s Charity Ball.

Chairperson Councillor Michael Savage with his extended family members who arrived for his Charity Ball for Southern Area Hospice, Simon Community, Suicide Down To Zero and St. Vincent de Paul.

Arriving for the Chairpersons Charity Ball, l-r Claire Loughran, John and Pauline Allen and Oliver Allen.

Sophie Lennon with Chairperson Councillor Michael Savage who thanked her after she sang to entertain the guests at the Chairpersons Charity Ball.

CHAIRPERSON Newry, Mourne and Down Council, Councillor Michael Savage with his family members and his parents.

Jack Gill and his two sons Charlie and Sam pipe and drum Chairperson Councillor Michael Savage and his wife Noreen into the Charity Ball.

Council Management l-r Andrew Cassells, Josephine Kelly, Marie Ward and Conor Mallon.

Chairperson, Councillor Michael Savage with his wife Noreen, daughter Tara and colleagues from the SDLP party and guests at the Charity Ball 2023.

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