St. Patrick’s Day®
working to change the face of St. Patrick's Day across the world.
The Irish national holiday – St. Patrick’s Day – is
celebrated around the world and nowhere more enthusiastically than in America,
where hundreds of major cities and smaller communities host annual parades.
Unfortunately, the holiday has become increasingly
associated with uncontrolled levels of drinking and public intoxication,
alienating citizens and audiences everywhere who want to enjoy the best in
traditional Irish culture and "reclaim the true spirit of the day."
In New York City in 2012, in the presence of celebrities
from the arts, senior Irish politicians, world-class musicians and dancers,
television cameras, and a sold-out crowd, Sober St. Patrick’s Day
launched on the world. This new kind of party attracted significant media
coverage and was, by any standards, a roaring success – no green beer or bad
behavior, just a really good time!
Spreading the Fun
to a broad audience, Sober St. Patrick’s Day
positioned to grow into a larger and even more impactful annual event in 2013,
and corporate sponsorship opportunities are now open.
In addition to our goal of
making the New York City party bigger and better, we hope to bring versions of Sober
St. Patrick’s Day
cities in the United States - and abroad. We’ll begin by identifying at
least one other live venue with potential in 2013, exploring the feasibility of
hosting an event in Dublin and/or Belfast. Thus, Sober St. Patrick’s Day
exponentially grow into a multi-city festival offering sponsors unique branding
opportunities and direct access to a multi-dimensional audience.
also explore creation of an international gathering using real-time
communications technology to video stream Sober St. Patrick’s Day
anyone with a computer - and larger groups with access to a big screen - to
enjoy the live entertainment at "satellite parties.”
Mission Statement of Organization
reclaim the true spirit of the day and to change the perception and experience
of what St. Patrick’s Day can be, both in the U.S. and abroad, by providing
family-friendly, alcohol free events celebrating the best of Irish music, dance
We will use your generous contributions to make this
year’s event an inspired meeting ground of sober celebration as well as
furthering this cause in the coming year to multiple cities across the world.
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o to the
"Join Us" page of our website - soberstpatricksday.org - for instructions re: possibly hosting
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Tax-DeductibleSober St. Patrick's Day®
is in formation as a 501(c)(3) organization. In the interim, we have a not-for-profit fiscal sponsor to process tax deductible donations. Your donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
William Spencer Reilly
New Yorker William Spencer Reilly is a television executive
and special events producer. In his most recent position as EVP at Odyssey
Networks and President & CEO of Lightworks Pictures, Bill Reilly won over
30 national television awards for his work as Executive Producer on Hallmark
Channel Movies of the Week, several series, docudramas (among them, the Emmy
nominated film, "PATRICK", on the life of Ireland's patron saint, narrated by Liam Neeson and Gabriel Byrne), and other drama specials for the BBC
such as "Florence Nightingale" and "C.S. Lewis".
Prior to working in television, he had an extensive career
in the Broadway theatre and in producing major Special Events in New York,
operations of The American Theatre Wing, founders of the Antoinette Perry
As Executive Director of Fordham University's
Sesquicentennial Celebration, he produced 88 events for the university's year
long celebration, including WAITIN’ IN THE WINGS®: The Night The Understudies
Take Center Stage",
one of the most highly acclaimed events in Fordham's 150 year history.
recognition of his work creating Sober
St. Patrick’s Day®,
Mr. Reilly was presented with the Caron Community
Special Recognition Award in June 2012. Our Development Director
Ruth Riddick serves as Sober
St. Patrick’s Day®'s
Development Director and on the board of Crossroads of Maine. She designs and facilitates Sobriety Together peer learning programs in the recovery community.
Information on this year's eventDate:
Saturday, March 16, 2013Time:
3:00pm to 6:00pmLocation:
Regis High School (60 East 85th Street, NYC)