Brought to you by Marymount University Hospital and Hospice.
Fashion mavens take note.
One of the most stylish events on the calendar is happening this weekend… and Cork’s best dressers have their eyes firmly on the prize.
Fashion guru Brendan Courtney will be joining tailor Louis Copeland and stylist Annmarie O’Connor at Cork Racecourse on Saturday, August 17th, 2019 to choose the winners in three ‘best dressed’ categories at Marymount’s ‘A Day at the Races’.
Speaking in advance of the race day, Brendan Courtney said, “I am very excited to be judging on August 17th, as well as styling the winning lady in Lennon Courtney’s new collection! The fashion is always fantastic at race days and it will definitely be a great day out for a really amazing cause.”
There’s a treasure trove of fabulous prizes to make it worth your while (check out the full list of what you could win here).
We asked judge Brendan Courtney for his top tips for race day dressing:
1. Let your personality shine through
“Originality is the key to a well-executed look. Choosing pieces with artistic flair to complement your outfit will ensure you catch every judge’s eye. Whatever you decide on, wear it with pride for extra pizzazz.
2. Balance dramatic with demure
“If your outfit has a splashy print, choose a simple hat or headpiece and vice versa. If you’re wearing a dress, full length or midi (below the knee) will guarantee an elegant silhouette. Don’t overdo it either; as Coco Chanel once said, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.”
3. Consider comfort
“Nothing will ruin your day faster than hobbling around in ill-fitting heels or brand new brogues. Choose a pair of shoes that you can comfortably walk in and you’ll ooze confidence and poise. Top tip: hide a pair of flats in your handbag.
4. Grooming is key
“It’s all very fine wearing a fabulous suit, but if a gent’s beard is scruffy or a lady’s fake tan is a bit dodge, it can quickly ruin the overall effect. Detail is everything so go the whole hog if you’re vying for those big prizes.”
There’s an excellent day’s entertainment in store for racegoers with DJ Stevie G on the decks, music from Violini, Chris Kavanagh and Handipak. Under-14s go free too, so bring the kids to enjoy the children’s entertainment.
All proceeds from admission, race sponsorship and race card advertising on the day will be donated to the Marymount University Hospital & Hospice, Ireland’s oldest and busiest hospice.
Marymount, which marks 150 years of serving the people of Cork in 2020, is only partially funded (58%) by the state, leaving the hospice to raise €3.5 million a year just to maintain current service levels. It provides a range of services, care and support to patients with progressive illness at a time when pain or other symptom issues need addressing.
Doors open at noon, with the first race set for 1:25pm on August 17th and the last race going to post at 4:55pm. Tickets (€20) are available to book now at Corkracecourse.ie.
The Combo Ticket (€30) includes a return train ticket and general admission ticket. Corporate (€100 per person / €1000 a table) tickets are available directly from the Marymount fundraising office at 021 4501 201.
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