World-Class Musicians, Singers, and Dancers Once Again Take Part In
"The Ultimate Family-Friendly Party on St. Patrick's Day"
* John Coppolla To Receive The 2018 Emerald Spirit Award *
Philadelphia and Richmond, VA to Also Hold Sober St. Patrick's Day® Parties This Year
(New York, March 1, 2018) "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® 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 and "Cork's 2015 Man of the Year,” Brendan Dolan, master keyboard player, Flynn Cohen singer, guitarist and mandolin as well as Liz Simmons singer and guitarist.
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, John Coppola, will be on hand to receive his honor. 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".
Mr. Coppola has been the Executive Director of the NY Association of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Providers, Inc. (ASAP) since its inception. Mr. Coppola has responsibility for representing the interests of alcoholism & substance abuse treatment, prevention, recovery, research, & training providers throughout NY State. Prior to becoming Executive Director of ASAP, Mr. Coppola worked for Catholic Charities of Montgomery County as the Program Director for their outpatient substance abuse program, the Associate Director & Executive Director. During his tenure at Catholic Charities, Mr. Coppola served on the Executive Committee of the NYS Association of Substance Abuse Programs. He also served as Chairperson of the NYS Catholic Conference Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Committee and is Past-President of the State Associations of Addiction Services, the national association of state associations representing chemical dependency programs. John has served on numerous national, regional and statewide advisory committees and served in an advisory role with the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Mr. Coppola received his Master’s Degree in Social Work from the State University of NY at Albany and his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Dominican College. He is a Licensed Master Social Worker.
John Coppola now joins ranks with the other, previous winners of The Emerald Spirit Award:
Sis Gallagher Wenger, Jerry Moe, Fr. Bill Hultberg, Frances Black, Dr. Patricia O'Gorman and Linda Ventura.
Bill Reilly also welcomes back to this year's party Platinum Sponsor Pepsi and The New York State Bottlers Association for their sixth 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 and Sis Wenger.
More information at www.SoberStPatricksDay.org and a short, five minute video of the New York party is found on the homepage.
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.