The 6th Annual Sober St. Patrick's Day® Party
Held Where The NYC Parade First Began!
268 Mulberry Street, NYC
Friday, March 17th, From 4-7 pm
World-Class Musicians, Singers, and Dancers Once Again Take Part In
"The Ultimate Family-Friendly Party on St. Patrick's Day"
* Linda Ventura To Receive The Emerald Spirit Award *
Philadelphia and Richmond, VA to Also Hold Sober St. Patrick's Day® Parties This Year
(New York, March 9, 2017) "As part of our mission statement to 'change the perception and experience of what St. Patrick's Day can be,’ this year we're very excited to bring Sober St. Patrick's Day® back to where the world's oldest parade first began - and 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 rather remarkable success,” added Reilly.
Sober St. Patrick's Day® which will also take place in Philadelphia and Richmond VA this year, 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, The Donny Golden School of Irish Dance, regarded as among the best step dancers in America, Donie Carroll, beloved Irish vocalist, singer and "Cork's 2015 Man of the Year", Dylan Foley, 4 Time All-Ireland Fiddle Player, Brendan Dolan, master keyboard player, and Willie and Siobhan Kelly, the outstanding young flautist and fiddle player.
To be held at St. Patrick's Youth Center, part of Old St. Patrick's Cathedral, at 268 Mulberry Street, the party 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. Getting back to what this day is really about - Irish pride, Irish culture, and an Irish saint - will take center stage at this year's party.
This year's winner of The Emerald Spirit Award, Linda Ventura, will be on hand to receive her honor from last year's winner, Dr. Patricia O'Gorman, and Sis Gallagher Wenger, the award's first winner in 2012. Both Dr. O Gorman and Ms. Wenger currently serve as board members of Sober St. Patrick's Day Foundation, Inc. Concerned about the misuse and abuse of alcohol on St. Patrick's Day, particularly among young people, The Emerald Spirit Award, is given annually at the New York event "to honor extraordinary dedication and devotion to improving the lives of family members of alcoholics and addicts".
Ms. Ventura, who lost her son in March, 2012 to a heroin overdose, has since worked tirelessly to help family members in similar circumstances, and with those trying to avoid such tragic consequences. She is a strong advocate in Albany to create change in legislation. Although she has a full-time demanding job, Linda Ventura dedicates her time volunteering and speaking to people in recovery at various treatment facilities and is a board member of St. Joseph's Treatment Center in Saranac Lake, NY, and Families In Support Of Treatment. Ms. Ventura is on the Long Island Council on Drugs and Alcohol Dependency and the Nassau County Heroin Task Force. Named after her son, Thomas' Hope Foundation produces a weekly television show "Resolutions for Recovery". The premise of the show is to educate and empower families and patients struggling with Substance Abuse Disorder. Linda Ventura now joins ranks with the other, previous winners of The Emerald Spirit Award: Sis Gallagher Wenger, Jerry Moe, Fr. Bill Hultberg, Frances Black (Dublin), and Dr. O'Gorman.
Reilly also welcomed back to this year's party Platinum Sponsor Pepsi and The New York State Bottlers Association for their fifth consecutive year. "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're expanding our support again this year to include Philadelphia's Sober St. Patrick's Day® as well." Other sponsors are Realization Center New York.
The Philadelphia party will be held on Sunday, March 12, and the Richmond, Va. party on March 25 & 26. More information at www.SoberStPatricksDay.org and a short, five minute video of the New York party is found on the homepage.
Sober St. Patrick's Day Foundation, Inc,is a 501 (c) (3) organization.