Over 250 members of the Waterford business community gathered at the Tower Hotel on Friday evening last for a very successful, Waterford Chamber Annual Dinner accompanied by a wonderful contribution from the guest speaker founder of Pieta House Joan Freeman who told the audience that the people of Waterford are an example of a community of coming together.
Opening the evening, Mayor of the City and County of Waterford, Cllr Adam Wyse said: “It’s important that we use these opportunities to network and to further improve relationships which allow us as Waterford Council, Waterford Chamber, local traders and as people to work as a collective for one goal. That goal is for the people living and working in this city to be happy and to enjoy what they have around them. That can only be achieved as a collective, I strongly believe that.
Very soon we will have one of our biggest and most entertaining events kicking off. Winterval will begin and we are confident that it will be another major success. I simply could not imagine Waterford without Winterval anymore. We have truly become Irelands Christmas location. This festive period is extremely important for all of our local traders and it’s their continued support and sponsorship which has made the festival so successful in the past and will ensure its success into the future. I would encourage everyone here to support Winterval as much as possible.
We are not just a retail centre. We are not just a festival city. We are not just a coastline and we are not just the Viking Triangle. We are Ireland’s Oldest City, we are a city of innovators, artists, statesman, and legislators and most importantly, we are a city of hard workers. So let’s continue on this path and ensure everyone sees that Waterford is vibrant, safe and also a whole lot of fun.” Mayor of Waterford concluded.
Speaking at the event and welcoming the guest speaker on the evening was President of Waterford Chamber, Mr Laurent Borla said: "This annual dinner is a great occasion for the business community to recognise and acknowledge what is good about Waterford. We face many challenges but we are also creating many opportunities. The story of Pieta House shows us that motivated and resilient people like Senator Joan Freeman can transform our community. As business leaders, we have a responsibility to demonstrate vision, courage and drive to shape a better future for all."
Speaking on the evening Joan Freeman said “From the beginning I felt part of a mighty community – a community who loved their neighbours and who in essence loved humanity. The people of Waterford are a perfect example of a community coming together to bring a life-saving service for the most vulnerable men, women and children in their city.”
The Annual Dinner was sponsored by Liberty Blue Estate Agents and the drinks reception was sponsored by McDonald Dwyer Reddy & Byrne Insurances.