Industry generously supports annual IGBF Christmas Lunch

Kari Daniels, Leonard Hegarty and Frances Higgins at the 2019 IGBF Christmas Lunch

Over 1,200 people from Ireland’s grocery industry gathered at the Clayton Burlington Hotel for the 2019 Irish Grocers Benevolent Fund Christmas Lunch, held on Friday, 6 December to raise funds for the industry charity.



17 December 2019

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The  annual IGBF Christmas Lunch has taken place in Dublin’s Clayton Burlington hotel, officially marking the end of the year’s fundraising and the countdown to the Christmas trading season. The event brings together suppliers, retailers and support companies to raise valuable funds.

Organised by Hotel Solutions DMC, and hosted by comedian Jason Byrne, this year’s event saw entertainment by the Brass Monkeys and Digital Fire performers.

Sponsored by the National Lottery and PRM, the annual event continues to be the biggest single fundraiser for the IGBF, thanks to the participation and support of the trade.  Commenting on the day, Kari Daniels, the outgoing IGBF president of appeals and chief executive officer at Tesco Ireland, thanked attendees and sponsors for their generosity.

“2019 has again been another amazing year for the IGBF,” said Daniels, “using a varied calendar of events, including The IGBF Sports Lunch, TWIG’s networking lunch, Grocers Fun Run, Stocked Music and Food Festival and of course our annual Christmas Lunch to name but a few, to bring our grocery community together and raise funds for a very worthwhile cause.” Daniels proudly announced that this year, these combined events have raised over €650,000.”

At the lunch Leonard Hegarty, chairperson of the IGBF, announced the IGBF’s new president of appeals for 2020, Sharon Buckley, Musgrave group commercial director, wishing her well in her new role.

“It is only through the generous ongoing support of the trade and of our sponsors at key events throughout the year,” said Hegarty, “that we are able to provide financial relief to members of the industry and their families, who find themselves in need of assistance.”

A tribute was paid to Billy Reilly, who passed away this year.  Billy was one of the recipients of IGBF support who had bravely talked in 2018 about what it meant to live with a terminal illness and what the support of the IGBF had meant to him and his family at a difficult time in their lives.

For further information on the IGBF and its activities for 2020, please visit its website



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