By Cliff Carlson
Publisher - Irish American News
Bury Ancient Grudges, Fix the Factions and the Fractions and Find the Strength to Unite!
You don’t see much written by me in the paper by choice. I’d rather let the columnists have their say.
But, in these trying times I’m compelled to reach out to all of you to see if you could support Gaelic Park Chicago, and the Irish American Heritage Center.
Both took a major hit to their finances losing almost all of their March business which I’m guessing pays the bills for 3 months of the year. Both are strong and financially sound, but this had to hurt. Now, with the closures and the uncertain future, we need to step in and help as soon as possible.
I know you are supporting Irish businesses in many ways - buying gift cards to businesses you will use in the future, ordering food and drink for delivery, and so on.
My ask is that anyone of you who have visited these two fine Irish institutions, do a real give with nothing coming back to you in return - except the knowledge that you helped them get through this. No Trivia night where you pay and win cash, no silent auction or raffle where you get something back for your money, just a small give with no strings attached.
Let’s give a monetary Caed Mile Failte! to these proud Irish institutions! If everyone who has visited Gaelic Park and/or the Irish American Heritage Center in the last five years could donate $15 each, they would never have a financial shortage. They are well run and deserve our support.
They both print their newsletters to their membership in this paper, and they get a good rate, but it’s not free. It’s in my interest that they prosper, but that’s secondary.
Rally around them and all the other Irish groups that you can. Drop what you are doing and do it now!
And, if you can’t afford cash, they both can really use good volunteers to take the place of the many that have served and gone before us.
I’ve seen what you can do. Some of you have helped out in 300 benefits or several benefits, raising funds for those in need. When I bought this paper in 1991, the first event I went to was at St. Julianna where I watched people drive up in their cars and drop off envelopes of money and checks, while others gave and partied in the basement, raising over $100,000 for a fellow who needed a liver transplant. I’ve been hooked on the Irish people and their generosity ever since!
My DNA test tells me I’m 6% Scots-Irish, but my heart tells me I’m 100%.
Irish American Heritage Center