27th May, 2010

Inaugural Emerald Evening

An uniquely Irish evening featuring Irish culture, hospitality and warmth for the philanthropic purpose of supporting 3 Irish charities; The Ireland Fund of Canada, St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts & Humanities and St. Patrick’s Home of Ottawa was held on May 27th.

The unprecedented event was a sell-out success, raising $55,000 (net proceeds) for the charitable causes.

Mr. Sean & Mrs. Jamillah Murray generously hosted the inaugural Emerald Evening in their home, noted as one of Rockliffe’s most elegant estates. Attendance far exceeded the goal of 300 guests, and featured decadent hors d’oeuvres, an eclectic auction with trips including Terry Cross’s exquisite wine estate, Chateau de la Ligne in France, one of a kind jewelry commissioned for the event from Goldform, art generously donated by Heidi Conrod, live Irish music and the Irish dancers. Guests from the diplomatic scene, including Irish Ambassador Declan Kelly, MP David McGuinty, corporate community leaders and local Irish Canadian enthusiasts ensured the glamorous event was festive and memorable.

The event was made possible through the generous sponsorship of many prominent local corporate partners including the Heart & Crown Irish Pub, Social, Nicholas Caragianis Architect Inc., Lundy Construction, Scrivens Insurance, Borealis, The Bay Rideau among others.

An extraordinarily hard working volunteer team led by Patrick Murray, Patrick Dion, Jane Daly, Samantha Moonsammy, Brian Murray, and Jennifer Conley organized the cocktail event. As Patrick Murray, National Director Ireland Fund comments “To have the opportunity to provide support for 3 separate Irish-based causes; The Ireland Fund of Canada, St. Brigid’s Centre to promote Irish culture and the arts locally and St. Patrick’s Home to support the elderly in our community is a unique privilege and responsibility. The committee was thrilled with the community’s response to the charitable needs. To raise much needed funds in such an enjoyable and entertaining environment and venue made it a tremendous success!’

Due to the positive response to the inaugural event, it will become a welcome addition to Ottawa’s busy social calendar annually.