Hugh Meehan, chairman of the Boston Scientific employees charity committee
The employees of a Clonmel healthcare company, who have raised more than half a million euro for good causes in the community in the past ten years, are once again extending a helping hand to a local charity.
The employees of Boston Scientific are hosting 'A Night at The Oskars' at Hotel Minella on this Friday night, October 12, in aid of Teac Tom, a Kilkenny-based service that provides free counselling and therapy to adults and children and groups affected by suicide.
The service is supported by the Thomas Hayes Trust fund, an initiative started by the Hayes family to support individuals and their families affected by suicide, or contemplating suicide.
Teac Tom is closely associated with Taxi Watch, a suicide prevention initiative operated by a group of taxi drivers, and which operates in Clonmel, Waterford, Kilkenny and Ennis.
This Friday's event at Hotel Minella will feature a special screening of employees of Boston Scientific starring in well-known scenes from seven iconic films.
They are featured as cast members in scenes from films and television programmes including The Blues Brothers, The Fugitive, The Snapper, The Field, Father Ted and A Few Good Men which, for the night and the cast that's in it, will have the new title of A Few Good Women.
"We hope to raise between €16,000 and €20,000 from the night", says Hugh Meehan, chairman of the site charity committee.
"Almost 100 employees volunteered to take part, which is the single largest participation in any event during the ten years of the charity", he says.
While other fundraisers are held throughout the year, this is the employees' main charity event, and all funds are generated by the Boston Scientific staff.
Cast members will arrive at the hotel at 6.30 on Friday evening, when three photographers will be available to record them walking down the red carpet.
Alongside cardboard cut-outs of famous Hollywood actors, the cast members will also be interviewed. Doors open at 7pm and the show gets underway at 8pm.
After each film is shown the cast members will be invited on stage and there will be further interviews.
Awards will also be presented in the various categories.
The judges include David Corkery, the former Munster and Irish rugby player, who is an ambassador for Teac Tom; and Teac Tom founder Angela Hayes.
The event coincides with Boston Scientific's celebration of its 20th anniversary in Clonmel.
In the last ten years the employees' charity has raised well in excess of €500,000 for several charities including South Tipperary Hospice, the Camphill communities, Carrick-on-Suir River Rescue, the Friends of Bridgewater House and Knocklofty Rural Day Service, the paediatric unit of South Tipperary General Hospital, Clogheen Hospice Construction Fund, Place 4U community centre and the South East Mountain Rescue Association (SEMRA).
Tickets for Friday night's show cost €20 and are available from Boston Scientific employees.