(New York, March 1, 2019) "As part of our mission to 'change the perception and experience of what St. Patrick's Day can be,’ we're very excited to continue the tradition of hosting Sober St. Patrick's Day® where the world's oldest parade first began – while continuing to reclaim the true spirit of the day,” said William Spencer Reilly, founder of the event. "We will celebrate the depth of Irish culture in an alcohol-free, family-friendly environment - and do so with extraordinarily talented artists once again this year. Providing an alternative experience on St. Patrick's Day is at the core of this ongoing movement and its success,” added Reilly.
Sober St. Patrick's Day® has garnered much attention since its inaugural party in New York in 2012. This year's party in Manhattan will feature John Whelan - 7 Time All Ireland Champion Button Accordion Player, Brian Conway - 5 Time All-Ireland Champion Fiddle Player, Donie Carroll - beloved Irish vocalist and "Cork's 2015 Man of the Year,” Brendan Dolan - master keyboard player, Flynn Cohen - singer, guitarist and mandolin, Liz Simmons - singer and guitarist, Liz McNichol - singer, Andrew Caden – fiddle player and, last but not least, Donny Golden’s School of Irish Dance.
The NYC event, to be held at St. Patrick's Youth Center, part of the Old St. Patrick's Cathedral, at 268 Mulberry Street, will celebrate the rich history of New York's St. Patrick's Day Parade on the very street where the world's most famous parade formerly stepped off in lower Manhattan. This celebration of what St. Patrick’s Day is truly about - Irish pride, Irish culture, and an Irish saint - will take center stage at this year's party.
“We are pleased to welcome two new locations this year for our Sober St. Patrick's Day® Parties – Centerport, Long Island with host Elizabeth Reilly, and West Warwick Rhode Island where Cathy Schulz is hosting the event. We are pleased that Ciaran Hogan, at The Clockwork Door in Dublin, is hosting for his 2nd year. And that Philadelphia, thanks to Katherine Ball Weir, and Richmond, thanks to John Shinholser, are continuing with their 6th Annual Parties,” said Bill Reilly.
Mr. Reilly also welcomes back to this year's party Platinum Sponsor Pepsi and the NY State Bottling Association. "I really enjoy this partnership.” said Peter Wilcox, Pepsico Senior Director of Government Affairs and NYSBA spokesperson. "This initiative is so important, such a great idea, and a real fit for us. And, we continue to support the Philadelphia's Sober St. Patrick's Day® as well."
Annually, the Sober St. Patrick’s Day Foundation’s board presents The Emerald Spirit Award to honor extraordinary dedication and devotion to improving the lives of family members of alcoholics and addicts. Board members Sis Wenger, Patricia O’Gorman, and John Coppola chose this year’s winner. The award is presented at the New York City Sober St. Patrick’s Day® party. This unique honor is for professionals active in the field of family recovery from addiction.
The 2019 recipient of the Emerald Spirit Award is Ms. Patty McCarthy Metcalf, M.S. Ms. Metcalf is the Executive Director of Faces & Voices of Recovery, a national recovery advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Faces & Voices, she was a senior associate with the Center for Social Innovation (C4), where she served as a deputy director of SAMHSA’s BRSS TACS initiative. Patty served for a decade as the director of Friends of Recovery-Vermont (FOR-VT), a statewide recovery community organization conducting training, advocacy and public awareness activities. In addition to public policy and education, her work has focused on community mobilizing, peer-based recovery support services, and peer workforce development and was instrumental in the development of a national accreditation standards for peer recovery support service providers. She holds a master’s degree in community counseling and a bachelor’s degree in business administration and has been in long-term recovery from alcohol and drug addiction since 1989.
Ms. Metcalf joins the ranks of the other previous winners who are John Coppola, Sis Gallagher Wenger, Jerry Moe, Fr. Bill Hultberg, Frances Black, Dr. Patricia O'Gorman and Linda Ventura.
Tickets for the New York party ($10-$25) are now on sale via the website - www.SoberStPatricksDay.org. Sober St. Patrick's Day Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization.