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St. Patrick’s Day charity ball returns, promising a night of celebration and giving

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On March 16 this year, the highly anticipated St. Patrick’s Day Charity Ball is set to make a triumphant return at the prestigious Sheraton Addis Hotel, following a hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This esteemed event, known for its enchanting ambiance and philanthropic endeavors, has been a cherished tradition for the Irish community in Ethiopia since the opening of the Embassy of Ireland in Addis Ababa in 1994.

The St. Patrick’s Day Charity Ball, a gathering that unites members of the Irish and diplomatic communities, Ethiopian government officials, and supporters of the Irish Government’s International Development Cooperation Programme , had to be suspended in 2020 due to the global Covid19 health crisis. However, organizers are thrilled to announce that this year’s event will mark its revival, aiming to make an even greater impact.

In the spirit of giving back to the community, the organizers have chosen the Association for Women’s Sanctuary and Development (AWSAD) as the recipient charity for 2024. AWSAD, a locally renowned organization dedicated to empowering and supporting women, will benefit from the proceeds raised during the gala evening.

With an anticipated attendance of 400 to 500 guests, the St. Patrick’s Day Charity Ball promises an unforgettable experience. Attendees can revel in a delightful evening complete with a sumptuous full dinner. The air will be filled with the lively melodies of Irish music and the rhythmic footsteps of dancers, creating an ambiance that reflects the rich cultural heritage of Ireland.

In addition to the festivities, the event will host a Silent Auction, offering attendees the opportunity to contribute further to the charitable cause. The Silent Auction will provide a platform for generous individuals to bid on a wide array of exclusive items, with all proceeds going towards supporting AWSAD’s vital initiatives.

Over the years, the St. Patrick’s Day Charity Ball has earned a reputation as one of the most anticipated social events of the year. Numerous bloggers who have attended previous editions have praised the event’s growth in popularity, highlighting its charming atmosphere and the heartfelt commitment to making a positive impact on the community.

As the preparations for the St. Patrick’s Day Charity Ball are underway, excitement is building, and the Irish community, along with their esteemed guests, eagerly anticipates an evening filled with celebration, generosity, and unity. The Sheraton Addis Hotel will once again serve as the host venue for this remarkable affair, reaffirming its status as a landmark destination for remarkable events.

Mark your calendars for March 16th and join in the revelry of the St. Patrick’s Day Charity Ball. Together, let us celebrate the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day while making a difference in the lives of those in need.

Tickets are being sold at the Sheraton Hotel on Friday February 23 and Saturday February 24.  Alternatively, please contact the Irish Society at irishsocietyethiopia1@gmail.com.

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