AOH Donates Irish Fest Proceeds

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 The lads of Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 21 have done it again. On Tuesday, October 12, the local charitable organization was able to start presenting some nice checks to other community organizations from the money raised from last month’s Irish Festival.

On Tuesday, AOH Division 21 presented a generous $15,000 check to St. Camillus Church. Monsignor Richard Ahlemeyer agrees to let the AOH host their Irish Festival in the St. Camillus parking lot each year. In return, the AOH makes the church one of their many groups to pay it forward to with the proceeds from the festival. In a social media post after the donation, St. Camillius-St. Virgilius posted that the money will help them pay for a new roof on Springman Hall. “Thank you to the officers and members of the AOH Division 21 for your generous donation to the parish of St. Camillius-St. Virgilius from the Irish Festival,” the post read on Facebook.

The other stop on AOH Division 21’s list on Tuesday was the Broad Channel Athletic Club. This local sports organization received $2,000. AOH Division 21 President Mark Edwards says they will also be donating to the VFW once they receive a contact, and to the Knights of Columbus at their next meeting.

“It is with great pride that we are able to donate back to our great community,” Edwards said. “This was our 8th festival and we are already planning the 9th. Save the dates, June 4 and 5, 2022. St. Camillus and Monsignor Ahlemeyer have offered to host the event again. We will continue in our efforts to keep in our motto of Friendship, Unity, & Christian charity. Thanks to the community for supporting us in our efforts.”

AOH Division 21 member and festival chairperson, John Moroney said these donations wouldn’t be possible without the support of the community. “The AOH Division 21 continues to give back to the community,” Moroney said. “A very special thanks to all who support our division, our fundraiser events and the Irish Festival. We are proud of you. God bless.”

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