Baroness May Blood, IEF directors and staff and representatives of integrated schools joined Ards and North Down Mayor Deborah Girvan on Saturday 27 May at the Clandeboye Lodge Hotel for a glamorous charity ball to mark the end of her term of office. The IEF, along with the RNLI and Samaritans were honoured to be chosen as Alderman Girvan’s designated charities for her year as Mayor.
Among the guests were NICIE staff, and governors of Loughries Integrated Primary School, one of the most recent to become formally integrated after a campaign by parents.
The evening began with a fantastic performance from Priory Integrated College’s choir. The black tie event offered a four-course dinner, a range of entertainment, an auction and a raffle. Prizes, generously donated by IEF supporters, included a three-night stay at Castle Leslie, a signed Ulster Rugby Ball, Chateau de la Ligne wine and a meal for two at the Fitzwilliam Hotel in Belfast.
Alderman Girvan has worked hard alongside council staff and the charities throughout the past year to raise more than £24,000.
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