Tim Tigue Memorial Celebration of Celtic Music and Dance!
We are happy to announce the first annual "Echoes of Ireland" Fundraiser in support of Ealain Ceime Irish Dance School and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS)!
Join us at King's Court Castle of Canterbury Village on Friday March 22nd at 6:30pm for dinner, music, drinks, and dancing! Live band and dance shows with a spectacular silent auction!
Ticket purchases are handled online and paid via Paypal (or via your debit or credit card). We will mail you your tickets to the address you provide. You can buy individual tickets or reserve a table (8 seats).
If you cannot make it to our event, then we kindly ask that you consider making a donation online to support our cause. Any amount you can contribute will be greatly appreciated. We thank you in advance for your generosity.
Our purpose for this fundraiser is two-fold.
Our fundraiser promises to be a fun night! Along with dinner, we'll have live music and entertainment from Finvarra's Wren, one of Michigan's premier Irish bands. We'll also have live performances from the Motor City Irish Dance Company, our school's performance-arm, as well as Championship Scottish Highland dancers. In addition, our guests will be able to learn and participate in group Ceili dancing, lead by our very own Irish dance instructors.
And if this wasn't enough, throughout the evening, we will also run a silent auction with some spectacular prizes - some valued as much as $600.00! You will definitely want to try to score on some of these at an amazing discount!
Here's how you get the word out about this fundraiser.
Tim Tigue was one of the original "dance dads" in our school and probably one of the nicest guys you could ever meet. He was extremely supportive of his wife's and daughter's passion for Irish dance and often volunteered his time at various school events and activities. He even joined our Adult Beginner Irish dance class for a short time to inspire his children and to support his wife, who at that time, was still getting the hang of Irish dance herself. He was a regular face at the studio and well liked by everyone who knew him.
In February 2011, Tim was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lymphoma. Doctors started him on chemo and a directed treatment called Retuxin shortly after the diagnosis. And by August 2011, he was cancer free! But in July 2012, Tim was back in the hospital with hemophagocytic lymphohystiocytosis (HLH), a disease where white blood cells get confused and attack red blood cells instead of bacteria. The treatment required more chemo, and for about a month, everything was looking great! But unfortunately, in September, doctors discoverd multiple types of bacteria in Tim's blood. And with no immune system to fight them off due to all the chemo he underwent, Tim passed away on September 9th, surrounded by family and close friends. In typical "Tim-style", he was cracking jokes till the very end.
In honor of Tim, we ask everyone who reads this to find a reason to smile or bring happiness to someone in their life - just like Tim, who lived his life like this, even under the most difficult of life's circumstances.