The fashion catwalk rather than the football field will be the focus of Naas GAA club members in the coming week.
The annual pre-Punchestown Gala Dinner and Fashion show was launched last week, and proceeds from the event will this year go to the local GAA club.
TV3’s Apprentice star and businesswoman Jackie Lavin, who lives outside Naas, is one of the driving forces behind the annual fundraiser, of which St Mary’s Secondary School has been a previous beneficiary.
This year’s event will take place on Friday next, April 20.
The dinner and show will double as a fundraiser and also as a celebration of the club’s 125th anniversary.
Singer Rebecca Storm, who is a Kildare resident, will provide the evening’s entertainment, along with the band Rossa.
In keeping with the spirit of the National Hunt week, there will also be a racing tipster slot, as well as a DJ for later on.
Models from the Celia Holman Lee modelling agency will wear clothes from Diamonds and Pearls, Edenderry.
There will also be the latest gear from Colgan Sports in Naas on show for the sporty types in attendance.
An auction and raffle on the night will add to the fundraising kitty.
“Funding a club the size of Naas GAA is a challenging and difficult issue and we hope that our gala evening in Killashee can prove a successful fundraiser for us,” said club PRO Sinead Keogh.
Naas GAA is one of the largest clubs in Ireland, with three adult men’s and one ladies’ football teams, three hurling teams and a camogie team. There are also over 1,000 juveniles registered with the club.
“Many thanks to Diamonds and Pearls Edenderry and Joe Mallon Motors for their generous sponsorship of the event,” added Ms Keogh.
Tickets for the dinner and fashion show, at E80 each, are available from Sinead Keogh at 085 8314322 or Charlie White at 085 8314324 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.