|Saint Patrick’s Day, Wednesday, March 17, 2021, from 4-7 p.m. |
|Wilmington, DE – March 12, 2021 – The Saint Patrick’s Day Society will host an Irish Stew Drive Thru benefitting the Saint Patrick’s Center on Wednesday, March 17th, from 4:00 – 7:00 PM in lieu of their annual Communion Breakfast fundraiser due to the ongoing risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Carney and Mayor Mike Purzycki will be among those serving meals curbside and accompanied by live Irish music and bagpipes. Each dinner will be comprised of a traditional Irish Stew, vegetables, a side salad, and shamrock cookies for dessert.|
The funds raised from this event will directly impact over 1,500 deserving families on Wilmington’s East Side through the Saint Patrick’s Center, which offers social, physical, and emotional support to the elderly, homeless, and disadvantaged. The Center provides emergency food, meals, respite for the homeless, clothing, transportation, and recreational activities for people in need our community.
Since 1994, the Saint Patrick’s Day Society’s Mass & Communion Breakfast has raised over $3,000,000, which directly funds almost 30% of the operating budget of the Saint Patrick’s Center. The Society typically hosts over 600 members, supporters, and friends during the event in the celebration and fellowship of Irish culture while supporting the mission of the Saint Patrick’s Center.
The Saint Patrick’s Day Society made the difficult decision to cancel the Mass & Communion Breakfast in 2020 amidst the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. This year, however, the Society pivoted efforts in a new attempt to celebrate the holiday and recognize this significant fundraising milestone for the Center.
“Our inability to gather and celebrate, as we traditionally do, has not minimized the ongoing demand for services at Saint Patrick’s Center,” said Mike Hare, Co-Chair of the Saint Patrick’s Day Society. “In fact, as we all know, the pandemic has been especially harsh on the most vulnerable in our community, like those served on a daily basis at Saint Patrick’s Center.”
In these difficult times, the Saint Patrick’s Day Society asks the public to join them in supporting the extraordinary work of the Saint Patrick’s Center. Tickets for the Irish Stew Drive Thru are $50 per meal and can be purchased online at www.stpatrickscenter.org/event [stpatrickscenter.org].
About Saint Patrick’s Day Society and Saint Patrick’s Center
Founded in 1993 by Dan Frawley, Joe Farley, Sr. and Mike Harkins to beneﬁt the Programs and Services of Saint Patrick’s Center. The St. Patrick’s Center provides emergency food, meals, respite for the homeless, clothing, transportation, and recreational activities for people in need on Wilmington’s east side. The services are provided in a welcoming, dignified, respectful, and caring environment. We recognize that people require more than just basic needs-a person’s desire to be respected and accepted is not diminished because they are poor and that desire does not fade as they become elderly. Please visit www.stpatrickscenter.org [stpatrickscenter.org] for more information.