The Seagoe Hotel in Portadown was buzzing with music, song and dance as 350 people packed into the Oaks banquet room for an energetic event in memory of popular teenager Rebecca Haughey. The event raised £4,000 for CLIC Sargent.
Vocal coach Pat McAlinden organised the event in memory of her talented pupil Rebecca, who she’d taught for close to 10 years and had reached grade 7 before she became ill.
Rebecca loved to sing and fellow students fondly remembered how she lit up the room with her smile and distinctive laugh.
Collette, Rebecca’s mum, wanted to acknowledge the support they received from CLIC Sargent throughout Rebecca's treatment. So on 2 April, current and former students hosted the fun-filled musical spectacular in Rebecca’s memory.
The night did not disappoint with rapturous applause throughout the acts. The musical directors and creative team of Pat, Brian Greene, Orlaith Larkham and Sinead Owens ensured the performances ran like clockwork.
It was left to the young performers to entertain the eagerly awaiting audience through a mixture of duets, ensembles and individual performances.
A magnificent total
The event raised over £4,000, with more money to come in!
Fundraising Manager Gareth McElduff said: “The effort that Pat, her team and Colette put in to this event has been unbelievable. They have been working on it for months and it shows from the support on the night and the money raised, we can’t thank them enough.”
The evening was fittingly finished with a few emotional words from Colette on how CLIC Sargent had supported herself and Rebecca by providing free accommodation at Amy's House, and support from the CLIC Sargent care team at the Belfast City Hospital.
Colette explained how the money raised would help other families in the same situation and thanked everybody for coming along. A night filled with music and joy, a night to remember Rebecca.