Over thirty thousand euros was raised at the recent black tie ball ‘Emma’s Journey’ in Emma Crowley's honour for Cork ARC Cancer Support House.
The funds raised will help ensure that all Cork ARC’s services will continue to be available to all those affected by cancer, free of charge.
Emma, of the now infamous facebook blog ‘The Big C – Emma’s Journey’, was diagnosed with stage three hereditary bowel cancer in 2013 and has documented her experience since then, gaining over one thousand followers. Emma’s honesty, self-deprecating humour and passionate advocacy for screening and early detection motivated a large circle of her friends to dedicate the black tie ball to her while also raising vital funds for Cork ARC Cancer Support House.
The committee for the ball comprised of of Emma’s friends including Jacqui O’Mahony, Maria Crowley, Ger White, Juliana Moynihan, Siobhan Riordan, Caroline Gibson, Una Crilly, Kate Shalloe, and was spearheaded by Caroline Kenefick.
Together, they honoured Emma with a sell-out banquet and night of entertainment at Cork’s Maryborough Hotel, and secured valuable corporate support from main sponsors Floortech (Gold Sponsors), Induchem Ireland (Silver Sponsors) and EY (Bronze Sponsors) as well as generous contributions from supporting sponsors and raffle prize donors.
The personal touches on the night made the event very special – for example the committee organised an album of photo booth mementos with a personal message book from the guests at the ball for Emma on the night, and she was treated to an overnight stay in one of the hotel’s luxurious rooms.
We are indebted to Emma and her friends for their kindness and generosity in organising this magnificent occasion in Emma’s honour. It was so much more than a ball, it is part of a touching and inspirational story of true friendship that Cork ARC Cancer Support House is privileged to be a part of.
Cork ARC is a voluntary organisation - the truth is that we only exist because of the immeasurable support we receive from people like Emma, her friends and the very special people in our community.
Cork ARC provides cancer patients and their families with support services, free of charge, offering those affected by a cancer diagnosis, a tranquil, safe space of support, practical help and information.
An event such as Emma’s Ball is very important for the charity as it helps the organisation meet the needs of our visitors and increase the awareness of cancer supports available at our three centres, free of charge.
We are very grateful to the 300 plus supporters who danced the night away with us in the Maryborough in Emma's honour. They made the night a very special one indeed.