We put the FUN in Fundraiser!

Last week’s fundraiser was FANTASTIC!!!    “The Switch” hit it out of the park playing all night as we danced and sang along (yes some up on the stage with them!)  They are such a great group and so generous to play for us at no cost.  It really made a difference and I can’t thank them enough.  (And thank you for the Adele song and shout out!)

So many people were so kind donating great raffle items (see list below)!!!!  And so many people bought raffles tickets~ it was perfect.  We had some baked goods from a local Irishman (Shane, the owner of Tulip Bakers and Swing the Teapot in Floral Park, go visit him!) and the hall was donated by the Irish American Society with the tremendous help of Rosemarie Byrne.  The night raised over $8,000!!!!  How great is that!!!
And the entertainment was incredible.  Four adorable little dancers from the Hagen-Kavanagh School performed a four hand – Molly Duffy, Maggie Miller, Kaitlin Buonocore and Katie Deeley.
We had the Dream Dance from McGoldrick’s Thread performed by –  Ciaran O’Brien, Caitlin Pyle, Jessica Byrne, Mairead Brown,  Jenna Barto, Declan and Conor Byrne, Jason Oremus, Garrett Coleman and of course ~ Jessie Driscoll!
Jason and Garrett blew our mind doing steps from their dance company “Hammerstep”.  Keep an eye out for them!!!
Patrick Mangan played the fiddle for us and also accompanied the Dream Dance (which he composed) and with “Hammerstep” –oh wait –and he played with “The Switch” – a mean rendition of The Ant March!
Ronnie D’Addario, the composer of Mcg Thread, sang “This One Here” (made me cry)with his sons Brian and Michael playing in the band. 
Geralyn and Noelle Becker sang “I Want More” also from the play – as Ronnie and his sons accompanied them.
So many friends and family members volunteered to help out and my sister Eileen even got News 12 to come by!  We made the news that night.  How cool is that?!!
Thank you to all that took part in such an incredible night.  A great time was had by all!

Raffles prizes were donated by Cathy Buckley, Eileen Dolan, Maria Gomez, Michelle Herson, Janet Hyland, Tommy  Kampa (aka Caveman), Patty Koedatich, Bill McGoldrick, Susan McGurn, Barbara and Pete Meyers, Frank and Elizabeth Minier, Valerie Moreno, Liz O’Brien, Caroline Riley, The Reilly’s and Terry Whalen.  YOU GUYS ARE THE GREATEST!!!

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