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A few inches of snow didn’t stop the fun or the fundraising for the North Platte Catholic Schools on Sunday.

The 39thannual Irish Fest event was held at St. Patrick’s High School, drawing hundreds of people and raising more than $25,000, North Platte Catholic Schools Endowment Executive Director Wendy said.

Dodson estimates nearly 300 people enjoyed the homemade chicken and noodles dinner. More than 6,500 game tickets were sold for the mini-carnival in the school gym.

Bids were placed on 87 silent auction items, more than $800 worth of baked goods were purchased and 5,083 raffle tickets were sold.

Mike and Kenda Ekdahl of North Platte won the $1,000 cash prize.

Sherri Uerling of McCook won the 55” Smart high definition TV, Todd Hinze of McCook won the Windows Lenovo Tablet, Jay Calhoun of North Platte won the iPad Mini, and Jennifer D. Winder of North Platte was the $100 cash raffle winner.

Dodson says school and community support plus volunteers make Irish Fest a success every year. She said corporate and individual sponsorships are also key.

Dodson sends special thanks to these sponsors: Adams & Swanson Funeral Home, Agri-Affiliates Mike Polk, Blakely Enterprises Inc., Brown Harano Photography, Carpenter Memorial Chapel, Erickson’s Furniture, First National Bank, Great Plains Regional Medical Center, Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Russ Jones-Attorney at Law, Jorgensen Chiropractic Care, Knobel Refrigeration, Knoll’s Country Inn Bed & Breakfast, Kwik Stop, Lincoln County Feedyard LLC, Lindemeier-Gillett & Dawson, North Platte Foot Clinic PC, Phelps Family Dentistry, Platte Valley Physical Therapy, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Spectrum Quick Copy Center, The Sports Shoppe, State Farm Agent Jack Morris, Striping Services, Swan’s Furniture, Town & Country Western Wear, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Distribution Center 7018, Weathercraft Roofing & Overhead Door, Dr. Kent & Jacque Allison, Jon & Mary Lou Altig, Woody & Carol Boyer, Jane Campbell, Dr. Gary & Brenda Conell, Michael & Joan Davis, Victor & Maria deVilla, Margaret Doyle, Joseph & Renee Engler, Dr. Eduardo Freitas, Michael & Jessica Furmanski Jr. & family, Rose Jurado, Helen Keslar, Terry & Deb Kruse, Steven & Monica Lynch, Burt & Karen Matthies, Sara Morris, Ted Mueller, Mike & Alison Noffsinger, Dr. Tim & Molly O’Holleran, Matt & Mayme Patnaude, Jim & Marcia Petersen, Bernie & Mary Pieper, David & Ann Pieper, Justin & Mary Roberts, Bart & Kim Schroll, James & Barbara Waldschmidt, Robert & Dorothy Wills, Judy Holys, Deb Tines and the volunteers from the St. Patrick’s Church FCIA who coordinated the dinner

Kim Koch provided music and sound, and Julie Hernandez organized the bake sale. Dodson gave special recognition to the faculty of McDaid and St. Patrick’s schools who coordinated raffle sales, silent auction baskets, and student volunteers.

This was the 39th year for the event that began as “Mardi Gras” in 1975. Since its inception, Irish Fest has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for North Platte’s Catholic Schools. Dodson said in the past 13 years alone, Irish Fest has provided more than $220,000 to the school operating budget through the North Platte Catholic Schools Endowment-Trust.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 2/27/2014
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