Microsoft is to be the new title sponsor of the 2018 Ladies Evening taking place at Leopardstown Racecourse on Friday 25th May.
This is the second year of the event, following the very successful inaugural event in 2017. The event will be a major fundraiser for Breast Cancer Ireland.
It is the first time that Microsoft has had such a high profile involvement in sports sponsorship in Ireland and is appropriate given the opening earlier this year of the iconic new Microsoft office campus with panoramic views over the racecourse and which has changed the visual profile of the track for those coming to the course from the adjacent M50.
A visible feature of the evening as a result of the new sponsorship is the Microsoft Garden which will be an interactive and leisure space available to all racegoers to enjoy.
Drawing in such a high profile new partner from beyond the traditional confines of horse racing sponsorship is the latest big win of 2018 for Leopardstown which successfully staged the first Dublin Racing Festival in February.
During the evening, the Leopardstown Pavilion will host the Race Forward event, which is an evening of networking, racing and inspirational speakers hosted by Broadcaster and beauty expert Triona McCarthy, and an important fundraiser for Breast Cancer Ireland which raised €20,000 at last year’s event.
Microsoft CEO Cathriona Hallahan will be the keynote speaker. Guests will be welcomed with a Moët & Chandon Rosé reception followed by a full dining experience featuring live cooking stations and music from the vintage jazzy trio, The Bugle Babes.
“We are delighted to be sponsoring this exciting racing event which is taking place right on the doorstep of our new campus at One Microsoft Place,” said Hallahan.
“We are very excited to announce this sponsorship with our new neighbours, Microsoft” added Leopardstown CEO Pat Keogh.
“It is a great boost to have a company such as Microsoft become involved in our great sport and we welcome this great opportunity.”
“The ‘Ladies Evening’ race day is growing in momentum and is becoming a very important race day for us. It targets a new audience of women in the surrounding Sandyford Business District, Foxrock and greater Dublin areas as well as racing and professional women who are key decision makers.”
“We are working hard to attract new racegoers every day and realise that they are key to our future development and growth. On top of all the excitement, it is great that the evening raises funds for a great cause, Breast Cancer Ireland.”
There are an array of ticket options to suit everyone and a donation will go from all of these to Breast Cancer Ireland.
Regular admission tickets start at €20, rising through the Moët & Chandon Afternoon Tea option at €65 per person and on to the Race-Forward Event which was sold out in 2017.
Hosted in the Leopardstown Pavilion, the afternoon will commence with a Moët & Chandon Rosé Reception followed by a gourmet meal, featuring live cooking stations, before an enthralling evening featuring inspirational talks with some of Ireland’s leading ladies and exciting races. Ireland’s leading sommelier, Julie DuPouy, will also be on hand to offer taste tips to guests as they sip Moët & Chandon Rosé. Tickets cost €150 per person and early booking is recommended.
The first race is off at 6pm with gates opening at 3pm especially for the Race Forward event in the Pavilion and the general admission from 4pm.