Press Release – Minella pushes the boat out!
Minella pushes the boat out!
The Nallen Family of Hotel Minella, Clonmel, gave their generous support at the Limerick Charity Race Day on Monday 14th October, for THE JOCKEYS EMERGENCY FUND, Be There for JT & Jonjo, in purchasing at the Live Auction, a specially commissioned watercolour by Peter Curling for 20,000 euro.
The painting depicts six jockeys, in a different set of some of the most recognisable silks, being splashed about a choppy ocean in a boat. The vessel’s sail adorned appropriately by JP Mc Manus’s silks, which JT McNamara always wore to such great effect.
The clever cartoon illustration partnered the registered owners’ initiative, who pledged a minimum donation to have their colours carried in the commemorative race card, which carried the caption
“ We’re pushing the boat out for JT and Jonjo – nail your colours to the mast.”
Curling’s subtle portrayal of a brave band of adventurers trying to navigate their way through troubled waters gave inspiration for the Irish racing world to give generously in supporting the event.
John J Nallen Trainer and Hotelier with his sister Elizabeth, said “that they were only too delighted to be able donate to such a worthy cause, and that the flagship charity event will inspire similar generosity to keep topping up the Jockeys Emergency Fund.”
10,500 race goers attended the event at Limerick Racecourse
Hospitality sold out in record time to people at all levels in the industry totalling 500
The Live Auction raised in excess of 300 000 euro
‘Nail your colours to the mast’, campaign raised over 62,000 euro
Both tragic accidents took place in March 2013:
Jonjo Bright had a fall at a Point to Point in Tyrella and then JT McNamara at the Cheltenham Festival
Further information contact Elizabeth Nallen Bowen at Hotel Minella, 052 6122388