Shine Centre for Autism to hold black tie Valentine’s Ball fundraiser

25 January 2016
By Elaine Murphy

The tenth annual Shine Valentine’s Ball in aid of the Shine Centre for Autism (based in Carrigaline) takes place at the Maryborough Hotel & Spa on Saturday 13 February. All proceeds from the charity black-tie evening will go to the Shine Centre for Autism. More than €250,000 has been raised since the first Shine Ball in 2006 to fund much-needed services and programmes for children with autism in Cork city and county.


The elegant event will begin with a champagne reception in the Orangery followed by a sumptuous five course meal in the beautiful Maryborough Ballroom. Guests will be entertained with a luxury charity auction, stunning spot prizes, music, dancing and a DJ until late.

Chairperson of Shine Ireland, Eamon O’Donovan, says the event is crucial to ensuring the Shine Centre for Autism can continue to meet demand for its services. “The annual Shine Valentine’s Ball, now in its 10th year, is vital in supporting the services we provide to children with autism and their families. The vast majority of our services are free and we are asking for your kind support to help us maintain the essential support and services we provide.”

Tickets are reasonably priced at €80 with a table of 10 costing €750.00. There are a number of corporate options available, including a corporate table and event sponsorship option at €950.

About the Shine Centre for Autism: The Cork-based voluntary organisation and registered charity has worked with children and adolescents with autism since its establishment in 2001. The organisation has expanded over the years and to date has worked with more than 1,000 children and families across Cork city and county. The Shine Centre provides assessments, therapies, services and appropriate education. It also assists families with securing support and entitlements.

The Shine Centre offers the following services to children with autism:

• Early Learning Unit for Pre-school Children

• Personal & Life Skills Programmes (PALS)

• Social Skills Programmes

• Building Blocks Educational Support Service

• After Schools Clubs

• Training Courses

• Seminars

• Family Support & Advocacy Service.

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