MarriagEquality Supporters Get Set for the Big Apple

19 Jan 2010

Big Apple Raffle Winner From left to right, Mary McKenna, director of Tour America presenting 'Big Apple Raffle Winner', Patricia Armstrong with her 3 night trip to New York

€7,210 Raised From Big Apple Raffle for MarriagEquality

MarriagEquality's Big Apple Raffle draw took place in Panti Bar on Thursday 14th January 2010. The 3 day trip to New York for 2 people sponsored by Tour America was won by Patricia Armstrong. Sharon Bridgeman won the 22" LCD TV sponsored by Grendale Life & Finance Limited and Laura Sheehan was pulled from the hat to win the €250 voucher for Barry Doyle Jewellery Design. Congratulations to all.

Moninne Griffith, Director, MarriagEquality said, "We raised an amazing €7,210 which brings us up to €37,040 of our €50,000 target. We'd like to thank our amazing sponsors, our supporters who sold tickets through Christmas and the New Year. But most of all, we want to send our sincere thanks to each and every person who bought a ticket. The money raised will fund the printing of more "Out to Your TD" information packs to equip supporters when contacting their TDs on this important issue."

She continued, "However, we must now raise €13,000 to reach our target of €50,000 by April 1st. And that's just to cover our basic costs. In order to really get the message out there, we also need to raise money to fund projects which will reach law makers, our politicians and the general public to see real change happen in favour of equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. People who didn't buy a raffle ticket can make regular monthly, or a once off donation to MarriagEquality online at"

The top ticket sellers were Grainne Healy and Michele Malone who won vouchers from Cowboys and Angels and Zeba. Our thanks to both hair salons, as well as Clodagh Robinson and Darina Brennan who worked on securing prizes, and Miss Panti and Panti Bar Manager, Shane Harte. Finally, we want to once more thank Tour America, Grendale Life & Finance Limited and Barry Doyle Jewellery Design for their generosity in donating our three prizes.