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St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast Makes Triumphant Return

Lowell – After a five-year hiatus, the St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast, an Irish tradition that had existed for three decades in Lowell will return Saturday, March 16th. And the return proved so popular, the event is now standing room only!

In 1987, the tradition was started by then City Manager Jim Campbell, and has raised thousands of dollars for local charities throughout the years.  Through the efforts of former Lowell Mayor and current State Representative Rodney Elliott, the tradition will now continue.

“We are celebrating the 41st year of Irish Cultural Week in Lowell with so many wonderful events, so I wanted to bring back the traditional St. Patrick’s Breakfast to have some laughs, celebrate Irish culture and raise money for charitable causes” said Rep. Elliott.

On tap for entertainment at the breakfast are comedians Jimmy Tingle and Dave Russo, Irish step dancers from the Heavy Quinn Academy of the Irish Dance Academy of Chelmsford, the Fundraiser Band, and a host of local elected and appointed officials.

Representative Elliott has collaborated with Executive Director Bob Cox of the Bridge Club of Greater Lowell- a Recovery Center, in raising funds for their important mission.

The Bridge Club of Greater Lowell hosts over 30 recovery meetings each week, including Alcoholics Anonymous, All Addicts Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, and Recovery Dharma- all funded through the generous donations of its supporters.

According to Cox, “Rodney called me one day and said he wanted to restart the St. Patrick’s Breakfast and every cent will be contributed to the Bridge Club. I was all in”.

For over three decades, the annual breakfast has honored local celebrities. This year the honoree will be none other than Lowell’s World Champion Boxer, “Irish” Micky Ward. Known for giving back to the community, Ward will go a few rounds to help yet another cause in his hometown, the Bridge Club. Rep. Elliott’s commitment to helping the Bridge Club’s Recovery Center has received a tremendous outpouring of support.

Looking forward to the event Representative Elliott stated, “I am so grateful to Micky Ward, Jimmy Tingle, the Heavy Quinn Irish Step Dancers, and the Fundraisers Band for graciously donating their time to the cause”.  This Saint Patrick’s Breakfast will not just be a meal, it will be a celebration of culture and a time to share joy, good food and the Irish spirit of generosity in the community.

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