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Photo by Wendy Dodson
St. Pat's sophomore Kaleigh Kummer works the 'junk food wheel.'
Photo by Wendy Dodson
Amy McGill, at left, Kim Wieseler and Kathleen Keenan sell game tickets.
Photo by Wendy Dodson
Parents Kodi Homan and Ann Marie Blakely working in the prize booth.
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McDaid students Jade Welch, from left, Hope Dodson and Paige Dodson.

The 42nd annual Irish Fest drew hundreds of attendees to St. Patrick’s High School on Sunday, Feb. 26 and brought in more than $26,000 in net proceeds for the North Platte Catholic Schools.

Wendy Dodson, the executive director of the schools endowment-trust, estimates more than 300 people enjoyed the homemade roast beef dinner.

Dodson said 6,265 game tickets were sold for mini-carnival in the school gym, and $800 worth of baked goods were sold.

She said bids were placed on more than 75 silent auction items, and 4,621 raffle tickets were sold.

Jake and Amy McGill of North Platte won the $1,000 grand prize in the Irish Fest raffle. Other raffle winners were: Larry and Karen Becvar, Becky Goold, Verna Kellogg, Andrew and Madonna Jett, Reiny and Martha Burbach, and Mike and Barb Honerman.

Dunkin’ Donuts of North Platte donated croissants for the meal. Meat was provided by the Lincoln County Feedyard, LLC. Potatoes were donated by Noffsinger Brothers, Inc.

An army of volunteers led by Judy Holys, Deb Tines, Mike Noffsinger, Theresa Kelly, Karen O’Connor, and Mike Montgomery, prepared and served the Irish Fest meal.

Kim Koch provided music and sound. Bill andSherry Snodgrass (U-Save Pharmacy) and Computer Troubleshooters helped sponsor raffle prizes.

Dodson said special recognition is due to the faculty and students of St. Patrick’s and McDaid schools who play a key role in planning and executing Irish Fest.

Dodson said corporate and individual sponsorships are also essential to putting on the event.

She gives special thanks to the 2017 sponsors:

Adams & Swanson Funeral Home, Jon & Mary Lou Altig, Ameriprise Financial Services, Johnnie Archuletta, B.H.B. Farms, Scott Abstract Co., Carpenter Memorial Chapel and Complete Eyecare Associates.

Computer Troubleshooters, Duane Deterding, Dunkin’ Donuts, Moriah Eickhoff Counseling, Bettymae Erb, Granger Architecture, Great Plains Foot & Ankle Specialists, Steve & Krista Heiss and Louis & Maria Herran.

HUB International-Tanner Pettera, Huebner’s Lawn & Garden, Jones Law Office, Jorgensen Chiropractic Care, Rose Jurado, Kelley-Scritsmier & Byrne, Theresa Kelly, Helen Keslar, King Buffet & Mongolian Grill and Kwik Stop.

Ladd & Kristin Lake, Lincoln County Feedyard, Steve & Monica Lynch, Bill & Julie Mackley, Burt & Karen Matthies, Bill & Marilyn McGahan, Kyle & Sandy McQueen, Ron & Staci Moritz and State Farm Agent Jack Morris.

NebraskaLand National Bank, Mike & Alison Noffsinger, Noffsinger Brothers Inc., North Platte Community Playhouse, Dr. Jeff & Robyn O’Connor, Phelps Family Dentistry, Bernie & Mary Pieper and Dave & Ann Pieper.

Platte Valley Physical Therapy, Platte Valley Women’s Healthcare, Justin & Mary Roberts, Bart & Kim Schroll, Deb Spading, Candy Spady, Spectrum Quick Copy Center, Swan’s Furniture and Marion Thomsen.

Deb Tines, Tobacco Road Inc., True Clean Carpet Care, U-Save Pharmacy, Valley Lawn & Grass, George & Lori Vinton, Wal-Mart Distribution Center, Weathercraft Roofing, Western Nebraska Bank, Robert & Dorothy Wills, and Larry & Janet Winder.

This was the 42nd year for the event that began as “Mardi Gras” in 1975. Since its inception, Irish Fest has generated hundreds of thousands of dollars to help the endowment support the operations of the North Platte Catholic Schools.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 2/27/2017
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