Lolas Ball launch at the Greenhills Hotel – Dawn McGoldrick, Act for Meningitis, Daphne Greene, Greenhills Hotel, organisers Ruth and Leah Melling and MC for the event Richard Lynch, I Love Limerick. Picture: Jonathan Baynes/ilovelimerick
Lolas Ball, an evening to remember Lola Jane Nagle will take place on Saturday April 16 in the Greenhills Hotel in aid of ACT for Meningitis. Guests will be treated to a prosecco reception from 7pm, followed by a four-course meal at 8pm. Leanne Moore, musician and one of Limerick’s leading lifestyle, fitness and fashion personalities will co-present the event with community activist and founder of ILoveLimerick.com, Richard Lynch.
On April 15th last year one family’s whole world was turned upside down when they tragically and suddenly lost their precious little girl Lola, aged just 17 months, to meningitis. Nothing could have prepared them for the devastation that losing a child would cause. Since then the family have worked tirelessly to prevent another family from going through their nightmare. Lola’s family wants to ensure that no one faces the meningitis journey alone.
Last June, an unbelievable crowd gathered today the AllStar Ink tattoo parlour, in Limerick City, for a Lola Nagle ACT for Meningitis Fundraiser. €19,924.28 was raised after a number of people donated money, or paid to get butterfly tattoos, in aid of the ACT for Meningitis organisation.
This April 16, just one day after Lola’s first anniversary, her sister Leah will host Lolas Ball at the Greenhills Hotel in her memory. All funds raised at the ball will go directly to ACT for Meningitis.
“We never thought meningitis would affect us but it did,” says event organiser and Lola’s sister Leah Melling. “We are organising this ball to remember our beautiful little butterfly Lola, and to raise funds, but also to raise awareness of Meningitis because knowing the signs and symptoms may just save a life. We have been overwhelmed by the support we have received so far and would welcome any raffle prizes or donations to help make this night a massive success.”
ACT for Meningitis is a national meningitis support and awareness charity based in Galway. Set up in 2011 by Siobhan and Noel Carroll following the loss of their 4-year-old daughter Aoibhe to this devastating disease. ACT for Meningitis aims to raise awareness, promote education and provide free support to anyone in Ireland affected by meningitis.
The glamorous gala event, set to take place on Saturday April 16 in the Greenhills Hotel, begins at 7pm with a prosecco reception on arrival, followed by a four-course meal.
The Voice of Ireland contestant Niall O’ Halloran and Ciara Meade, lead singer of the well-known Limerick band Funk Junkies will perform at the reception. MizDrea, Tiny Giants and upcoming singer songwriter Aaron Hackett will provide the entertainment for the evening, with many other surprises during the night. Guests can continue to dance the night away, as music will be provided by DJs Ian McLoughlin and Party Marty.
People, who cannot attend the ball, can still make a difference and offer their support to ACT for Meningitis. By visiting the events I Donate Page at www.idonate.ie/lolasball, anyone can make a much-needed donation to ACT for Meningitis. All donations are welcomed and hugely appreciated and any spot prize donations are welcome for the raffle on the night.
Tickets cost €60 each or €540 for a table of ten. Tickets are now on sale at the Greenhills Hotel, Allstar Ink on Wickham Street or by calling Emma at 085 7190126 or Vanessa at 083 3475109.
Check out Lola’s Ball Facebook here
Read more about Lola Jane Nagle on the I Love Limerick site here
Learn more about meningitis here