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Music Boosters to open Shamrock Festival

St. Patrick’s annual Shamrock Festival will have a very special kickoff event this year.

On Friday, Aug. 12, a gala evening that includes a silent auction preview, wine and cheese, and a reading of a one-act play by members of the board of Music Boosters, will begin a weekend of fund-raising activities benefiting local non-profits.

Part of the profits from the Shamrock’s opening gala will go to support the ongoing work that Music Boosters does on behalf of arts programs in the public schools. The evening will offer the public an opportunity to preview the silent auction items and make pre-auction bids, enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer, and witness the amazing talents of the people behind the scenes in Music Boosters.

On Saturday, Aug. 13, a huge yard sale on the back lawn of the church will provide some terrific, gently used items for sale at greatly discounted prices. The Book Nook will also be open, selling a wide variety of used books, CD’s and videos at almost giveaway prices. That evening, a delicious dinner under the tent will be serenaded by Lead Foot Ruthie, a local folk music band led by Mark DeVoti. The drawing for the gorgeous handmade Shamrock Quilt will take place at the dinner. Raffle tickets for the quilt are on sale now for $1 each or 12 tickets for $10. Dinner tickets are on sale in the church office for $20 each. The evening will conclude with the silent auction, filled with some fabulous items that will be sure to delight men and women alike. You do not have to attend the dinner to be eligible to attend the auction.

All the money raised from the Shamrock Festival goes to support local non-profit organizations who reach out to assist members of our community.

“The St. Patrick’s church community is dedicated to helping those in need, reaching out to others and empowering them with the love of God,” says Fr. Doug Neel, rector of St. Patrick’s. The Shamrock Festival is an annual event that provides the church with the funds needed to sustain outreach to the community. All of the money earned at the festival is given back to the community.

“It really is a win/win situation,” says Fr. Doug. “We have fun, find great bargains, enjoy a delicious meal, dance, enjoy great entertainment, and wind up giving back to others at the same time. You just can’t beat that!”

Tickets for the Friday gala are $15 and available at the door the night of the event. Saturday evening dinner tickets are $20 each and available now in the church office.

For more information about the Shamrock Festival, contact the church office at 731-5801. St. Patrick’s is located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd.

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