A St. Pat's kindergartner checks out the festival.
Irish Fest, a day filled with spirit and family fun, raised more than $21,000 for the North Platte Catholic Schools Sunday. The 38th annual Irish Fest celebration was held at St. Patrick’s High School. Hundreds of attendees enjoyed a turkey & noodles dinner, silent auction, bake sale, mini carnival games and Fun Jumpz.
North Platte Catholic Schools Endowment-Trust Director Wendy Dodson said more than 220 meals were served, over 6,300 game tickets were sold for the mini-carnival, and bids were placed on over 100 silent auction items.
A 50” HDTV was raffled. So was a mini laptop computer, Taylor Swift concert tickets and cash. Dodson said 5,093 raffle tickets were sold.
Jerry Hieter of North Platte won the 50” TV. Connie Sanger of North Platte won the $1,000 cash prize. Kerry Brosius of North Platte won the netbook computer, and St. Pat’s student Aiden Skillstad won the Taylor Swift tickets.
Dodson said that school and community support as well as wonderful volunteers are what make Irish Fest a success every year. She said that corporate and individual sponsorships are also key.
Dodson extends special thanks to this year’s sponsors: Phelps Family Dentistry (Lannae Phelps DDS), Jack & Jane Campbell, Bill Burbach (State Farm Insurance), Deb Spading, Sara Morris, John Kavanaugh (Striping Services), Jim and Barb Waldschmidt, Gary & Brenda Conell, Tim and Molly O’Holleran, Burt and Karen Matthies, Mike and Allison Noffsinger, Platte Valley Physical Therapy, Bill and Julie Mackley, Swan’s Furniture, Jim and Marcia Petersen, Russ Jones Attorney at Law, Kwik Stop, Matthew and Mayme Patnaude, Bernie and Mary Pieper, Bill and Marilyn McGahan, Scott Abstract Company, Justin and Mary Roberts, Weathercraft Company of North Platte, Victor and Maria de Villa, Rose Jurado, Beth McGahan, Dennis and Connie Dailey, Marge Doyle, Roque and Rosa Arteaga, North Platte Foot Clinic, George G. Vinton Attorney at Law, Don and MaryBeth Kilgore, Lincoln County Feedyard LLC, Robert and Dorothy Wills, Duane Deterding, Adams and Swanson Funeral Home, Steve and Krista Heiss, North Platte New Car Dealers Association, Pella Windows and Doors, Dr. Kent Allison (Complete Family Medicine), Dr. James Shreck (Eye Specialists of Nebraska), Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Helen Keslar, Spectrum Quick Copy Center, and the Wal-Mart Distribution Center.
Dodson especially thanked Judy Holys who coordinated the dinner and Kim Koch who provided music and sound.
This was the 38th year for the event that began as a “Mardi Gras” celebration in 1975. Dodson said that in the past 10 years, Irish Fest has provided more than $190,000 to the school operating budget through the North Platte Catholic Schools Endowment-Trust.