Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig! (All the blessings of Patrick!)
The Syracuse St. Patrick’s Parade began in 1982, founded by an amazing woman, Nancy Duffy, and a small group of her friends. Thirty-two years later, the Parade is stronger than ever—a grand tribute to the Irish of Central New York.
Since the Parade's inception, we have been able to help support Project Children, founded by another outstanding woman, Kathleen Kelly. Project Children is coming to a close after the summer of 2014. It is one of the few social programs that is a success! Peace has come to Ireland and the children no longer need a respite. While thousands of children have come to the USA for a much-needed rest from the war, the lessons they learned here, Catholics and Protestants living in harmony - they have taken back to their homeland - and change has occurred. Congratulations to Project Children, particularly the gracious and generous host families, without whom this change never would have occurred.
In 2005, we began the St. Patrick Hunger Project, to help feed those in need in Central New York. Since 2005, the need for nutritious food is now affecting our middle-class neighborhoods and senior citizens on fixed incomes. In 2014, it is our friends and neighbors who are suffering - most likely in silence. The Hunger Project is counting on the most generous people and businesses in the nation to assist us in ending this plight. Project Children succeeded and so can we!!! There is a donation button on our website and we will be posting appearances where we will be collecting actual donations of food. If you would like to volunteer, please contact us - we can use all the help we can get! Thank you.
--Janet Higgins, President