St. Colman Church St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser returns –

St. Colman Church St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser returns after three-year hiatus.Steven Litt,
CLEVELAND, Ohio – After a three-year hiatus, St. Colman Church St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser – otherwise known as The Collins, Conway, McGoun and Patton Party – is back.
The family-friendly fundraiser – which is scheduled for 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, March 17 – has been around for 30 years but took a three-year break because of the coronavirus pandemic.
An organizer says the names of the people in the title are families of cousins who have teamed up on the fundraiser. The party began as a large Irish Catholic family who began gathering on St. Patrick’s Day in the upstairs tasting room of Great Lakes Brewing Co. almost 30 years ago. Once the families started growing, they needed a new venue, so they moved their party to St. Colman.
After years of it being a family party, the families decided to open it to the public as a church fundraiser. Pre-pandemic it drew 300 people annually and has been a fundraiser about 14 or 15 years, said Rita Gaertner, one of the organizers. She said they would love to hit $15,000 this year.
Cumulatively, the event has raised about $60,000, Gaertner said. Money goes for the West Side church’s operating costs / utilities; outreach programs – food, bus passes, elderly-assistance programs; and parish upkeep.
Admission is $5 with a $30 family maximum. All proceeds benefit St. Colman Church. The Cleveland Fire Pipes & Drums band and Burke Irish Dancers will perform. A craft area is available for kids. Great Lakes Brewing donates beer, potato soup and corned beef, which is sold at the event.
The parish supports immigrants from Africa, Ukraine, Mexico and other destitute countries.
St. Colman is at 2027 W. 65th St, Cleveland.
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