By Cian Molloy - 26 March, 2018
This year’s Ozanam Come Dancing event raised €50,000 for the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP), with the Liberty Hall theatre sold out for the event.
Eleven couples took part in the competition, dancing the cha-cha, the Charleston, the tango and the paso doble, with a bit of Bollywood dancing, jive and disco also thrown in.
The dancers were all volunteers who were either staff from SVP or employees at supporting companies such as Abbey Capital, Adobe, AIB Bank, Dance World, Diageo, Independent News and Media and McCann Fitzgerald.
“They put on a truly incredible show and amazed everyone with what can be achieved after only ten weeks of lessons,” said organiser Tony Rock.
The evening was compèred by RTÉ presenter Brendan Courtney for the fourth year in a row, and the celebrity judges were Katherine Lynch, Brian Keogh and Mary Black. In the event, they decided that the top dancers award should be presented to ‘Maria and Derek’ for their execution of the paso doble.
Further entertainment on the night was provided by up-and-coming band State Lights, featuring lead singer Shobsy O’Brien, guitarist Joe Regan, drummer Paul Ridgeway and bassist Noel Perry.
The funds raised will be used to support the SVP’s summer youth programmes.