Bike Ride to Benefit Raccoon River Valley Trail

If you’ve ridden the Racoon River Valley Trail at all, you might have noticed a few – how shall I say it? – “bumps” in the road. Continue reading


Irish Bar Goes Hawaiian for Cancer Benefit

Emily Clemence and her family, The Waltons, knew they wanted to raise money for cancer research, and looked to go an unorthodox route.

“My family had lost my grandmother, and my uncle had cancer, so we decided to do Relay for Life,” she said of the Haverford Township fundraiser with the American Cancer Society. After participating, they decided to take it down a different path. Continue reading


A fundraiser for Second Stride hosted by Molly Malone’s Irish Pub & Restaurant brought in $15,000 to help retired racehorses. The Kentucky Derby Week event at the pub’s Highlands location drew a crowd that packed the building, and included Derby trainers, owners, and jockeys. It was the largest single fundraiser to date for Second Stride, which was formed in 2005.

Among the attendees was the trainer of Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another, Doug O’Neill, and the horse’s jockey, Mario Gutierrez, and owner, J. Paul Reddam. O’Neill brought halters from I’ll Have Another and champion Lava Man to auction off at the event, which included a live and silent auction. A friend of O’Neill’s, Steve Rothman, graciously served as auctioneer.

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Irish pub begins celebration

Donating to and seeing children at St. Jude Children’s Hospital opened Chelsy Skalada’s eyes — and motivated her to give up all of her hair.

“I told myself that I’d do anything to help find a cure” for childhood cancers, the Austintown woman said after having all her hair shaved off during Saturday’s sixth annual Pre-St. Patty’s Day Bash at O’Donold’s Irish Pub & Grille in the Austintown Plaza on Mahoning Avenue.

The all-day event also featured 30- to 45-minute sets from 17 local and regional bands that played a variety of hip-hop, rock ’n’ roll, reggae and alternative music inside the eatery or in a heated outdoor tent in the parking lot.

Skalada was one of at least 30 people who volunteered to shed their hair to raise money for the Pasadena, Calif.-based St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a 12-year-old volunteer-driven charity dedicated to funding research to find cures for childhood cancers and giving survivors long, healthy lives. A goal of Saturday’s gathering was to raise $30,000 for the organization, noted Christian Rinehart, O’Donold’s owner.

St. Baldrick‘s is the second-largest funding source for childhood cancer-research grants, according to its website.

Watching children struggle with the disease was primarily what spurred her to participate in Saturday’s event, said Skalada, who works at Goodwill Industries Inc. in Austintown and who came with her mother, Ruth D’Amico.

Also taking a seat in one of two barber chairs just outside the eatery to lose

all of her long, blond hair was Monica Rich of Austintown, the mother of five children age 3 months to 12 years.

“I thought this was something good I could do,” explained Rich, adding that she has a friend with a child who has cancer.

Rich said she was nervous but excited to have her head shaved for the first time.

Those who had their hair removed walked away with green buttons that read, “Ask why I’m bald.”

Many performers also were happy to support St. Baldrick’s, including Chuck Shaffer, one of four members of Particle 17, which was one of the gathering’s 17 bands.

“Our music is kind of funky and friendly on the ears. We try to keep people moving and dancing,” said Shaffer, who described his band’s style as “funky rock.”

Particle 17 formed last August and is made up of former members of other area groups, noted Shaffer, adding that he also wants to promote the local music scene.

Another relatively new band was Pilot the Mind, which formed just over two years ago, said Paco, who plays guitar and keyboards with the three-piece group.

The band, which specializes in “alternative, progressive, experimental rock” and plays a lot of instrumental music, gets its sound by fusing members’ interests in astronomy and art, perceptions of life and interpretations of many of life’s changes, as well as cause and effect, Paco explained.

Pilot the Mind also hopes to more firmly establish itself as part of Youngs-town’s entertainment scene, added David Mauerman, drummer.

The third member is Chris Krejci, who handles vocals, bass guitar and piano.

Saturday’s Pre-St. Patty’s Day event also had a basket auction and was a prelude for O’Donold’s annual St. Patrick’s Day gathering, which will be from 5:30 a.m. Saturday to 2:30 a.m. next Sunday, Rinehart noted.

That event will feature traditional Irish food and music, step dancers and bagpipe players and will benefit Hospice of the Valley, he said, adding that an estimated 61,000 people attended last year’s festivities.

Also on hand, Rinehart said, will be an estimated 20 designated drivers from DD 4 Hire of Boardman.

Source: Sean Barron,

Davey’s irish Pub fund-raiser for Pascack Pioneers

Davey’s Irish Pub is hosting its annual fund-raiser for the Pascack Pi-oneers FIRST Robotic Team on Mondays and Tuesdays, March 5 and 6 and 12 and 13. Davey’s is open for lunch and dinner.

The team flyer must be presented and is available at: or from any team member.

Davey’s will donate 15 percent of each check, for dining in only, on those dates to the team.

All proceeds will assist the team with their upcoming District Qualifying competitions this month at Rutgers and Mr. Olive High School.


Kells Irish Pub to launch ‘green rain’ benefit for Northeast Portland’s Center for Medically Fragile Children

The fundraiser benefits young people such as Shana McCormick, who dances here with her dad during the center's annual prom.

Kell’s Irish Pub will kick off its annual benefit for Northeast Portland’s Center for Medically Fragile Children at Providence Child Center at 9 a.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 28.

The event, at 112 S.W. Second Ave., involves patrons “sending cash to the ceiling” at Kells until the annual “sweep” prior to St. Patrick’s Day.

Last year, $9,000 was collected. Kells matches the total each year, which amounted to a record $18,000 last year, according to a Providence spokesperson.
Since the first “green rain” in 1995, the event has raised more than $193,000.

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Source: Larry Bingham, The Oregonian