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€400,000 to Irish charities

Towards the end of 2010 Newman’s Own Foundation celebrated a terrific milestone -$400 million in charitable giving since Paul Newman began his food business back in 1982. So back in May 2011 Newman’s Own Foundation took the party to Ireland with a soiree at the glorious Westbury Hotel in Dublin. Twelve Irish charities shared grants totalling more than €400,000. The funds will support a range of different needs including adults and children with disabilities and community support services. Many of the charities were surprised and overwhelmed to receive a giant cheque for a greater sum than expected, and some had no expectations at all!

Charity representatives, press and media personality, RTE Radio’s Pat Kenny, enjoyed delicious fare and the smooth sounds of a jazz trio in the hotel’s sophisticated Marble Bar, culminating in a thumping set by Irish folk legend, Finbar Furey. After an inspirational speech by Robert Forrester on philanthropy, and plenty of Guinness later, guests were thrilled to be treated to a one-off extended acoustic session by Finbar who was only too happy to reward the charities for their tireless work.