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Irish eyes smiled on Avenues at Irish Fest!

Irish Fest is always a grand celebration, but this year was extra special.  On March 12th, more than 330 guests helped Avenues celebrate the 20th Emerald Anniversary of Irish Fest.  Their generosity, along with gifts from our donors and sponsors, helped raise a record $65,000 to support Avenues’ programs.

Since Peg O’Herron and Bob Healy first started Irish Fest 20 years ago as a small gathering in their home, the popular event has grown by leaps and leprechauns every year.  To date, Irish Fest has raised nearly $600,000 – a very lucky pot of gold! 

We extend a very special thank you to our entertainers who come back year after year and donate their artistic talents – the Irish Heritage Singers (14 years), the Weber Irish Dancers (13 years), harpist MarySue Redmann (7 years) and flutist Barbara Holland (4 years), and the Joyce Boys Band (4 years).  

In 2007, Mike and Mary Prindiville joined Peg and Bob as part of the Irish Fest planning committee, and in 2010, Jeanne and Peter Doheny, along with Pat Grimes became part of the group.  They are joined by a host of volunteers who have made each and every Irish Fest a very special event for Avenues. 

More information will be available in the Spring 2017 edition of AveNews, and go to the following link to view the photos from Irish Fest!

http://avenuestoindependence.org/gallery/Album.cfm?ID=1106

Pictured are some of the friends and supporters of Avenues who have attended every Irish Fest since it begain in 1997!

Peg and Bob at the 1998 Irish Fest

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