Save the Philadelphia Irish Center

$46,585 of $50k goal

Raised by 245 people in 29 months
Karen Boyce McCollum  BROOMALL, PA

SAVE THE IRISH CENTER: HELP US CONTINUE 
We love it here. It is our community home. It brings people together in the name of all things Irish in Philadelphia. It is costly to run and because of recent additional expenses and the general cost to run the place, we need help from you to ensure we can keep the doors open for another 50 years. 

About the HEARTBEAT OF OUR COMMUNITY
Located in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia, the Irish Center is the heartbeat of the Philadelphia Irish community. Known formally as the Commodore Barry Club, this home of ours is a place to enjoy all things Irish: starting with good company and rounding out with fabulous live music & dancing, rich history, Irish sport, and more. 

PRESERVING CULTURE 
At the Irish Center, generations of families and friends have been enjoying important (and fun) aspects of Irish culture.  The Irish Center is also the home to an impressive and robust historic library, which allows the preservation and exploration of our  heritage and ancestry.  

LABOR OF LOVE 
The people who run the Irish Center do so with their hardworking hands and minds, but mostly with their heart. The building is ripe with rich and old beauty. For more than 50 years, the elegant ball room, with its larger than life dance floor, has provided a platform for thousands of step dancers, jivers, ceili dancers and waltzers. The cozy fireside room with its warm flames and stone hearth, welcoming bar, and dance floor is second to none! 

The center hosts annual county balls, charity events, dancing and music lessons, ceilis, sessions, festivals, concerts, and weddings. 

THE PEOPLE ARE THE CENTER
More important than beautiful rooms or the building itself, are the PEOPLE -- the people who dance, who sing, who listen, who watch. Those who volunteer to spruce the place up, those who come in to watch a close Gaelic final, who stop in once a year, or those who stopped in once in their life for an unforgettable event. Those people are the Irish Center Family and that's what makes this place so special! 

For those of you who've never been, what we have here is really special. There is a certain magic you can sense by photos and stories. All are welcome to enjoy, so, stop by sometime!  There's always something on and it's likely you'll meet a friend (or a cousin) shortly after walking through the doors. 

HELP US CONTINUE OUR TRADITIONS at the IRISH CENTER 
To continue to operate our beloved Irish Center, we need help from everyone who has ever appreciated what The Irish Center offers, and those who like what they read here. 

DONATE TODAY 
Each dollar raised will help cover the expenses to run the Irish Center, thus helping us to continue the traditions.
Here's insight to just some of those expenses:  
Annual taxes = $16,000 
New range hood = $25,000
Regulatory and Insurance Fees = $14,000
Monthly Utilities = $4,000

Yes, you are reading correctly! There is a high cost to running the Irish Center, but no monetary price can be placed on the culture and history that we are preserving and continuing in this special place.

We aim to raise $50,000 this year to get us a head start on our next 50 years.

Hundreds of thousands of people and families who have enjoyed and grown to love our Irish Center.  We hope that whatever program or event that brings you there today or whatever Irish Center memory you hold in your heart, inspires you to help us in this serious PLEA for financial support. We are also calling on those who may have been to the center just once, or those who never stepped through the doors, but like what you hear or read about our special place. 

We hope to receive a donation from each and everyone of you. Donations are not tax deductible, but each one will be very appreciated! 

Fundraising will continue through September 1, 2014.

Please spread the word. SAVE OUR PHILADELPHIA IRISH CENTER: THE HEARTBEAT OF OUR COMMUNITY 
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Update 13
24 months ago

Thank you everyone who has supported this fundraising campaign so far.

Since we launched it this summer, we've had trivia nights, nights of music, dancing & laughter, concerts, online sales, social media begging, great local, national and global publicity, and more! It's been a true team effort. We are grateful. And, we are in the final stretch....of Year 1 fundraising...that is:)

This Sunday, we will have a great big open house at the Irish Center with things to do for people of all ages. Come to the Irish Center Sunday, September 28, 2014, from 2-6pm and you will experience firsthand the magic that happens here. It starts with great people gathering, a welcoming atmosphere, and then it just goes on and on from there.

Admission is free; donations are encouraged. Bring your friends and family members. We will be face-painting, poster contests for kids, Irish dance instruction and performance, live music, raffle baskets galore, and more. We will also be celebrating our efforts and those who have helped over the past few months.

Thanks guys. See you Sunday? Please share this information with your friends and family. We want to pack the place.
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Update 12
25 months ago

We are grateful for every dollar we have received! We are really moving toward our goal, but we have a ways to go still.

This is "word of mouth week" for our fundraising effort. We are asking that each one of you share this Go Fund Me link with your friends and family via Facebook, Text, Twitter, Instagram, Snap Chat, or even by postal mail. We know that there are people out there who may want to donate to this cause, but just don't know about it yet.

Thank you for sharing! It will do you good to spread the word and it will help continue the traditions of the center...

#savetheirishcenter
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Update 11
25 months ago

We are half-way there! We are on the road to $50K. Thank you!

I encourage you all to share this link on your social media pages so that we can spread the word even further. Irish Central has helped us with spreading the word for sure! Thanks to them.

Check out this latest article: http://www.irishcentral.com/culture/community/Epicenter-of-Philly-Irish-community-in-danger-of-shutdown-fundraising-efforts-strong.html
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Update 10
25 months ago

The Inquirer ran a nice piece on our Save the Irish Center campaign. We are feeling oh so happy with the response from donors and from the media. It all helps us get closer to our goal of 50K!

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20140807_Harsh_winter__tax_increase_put_Irish_center_in_financial_straits.html
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Clau Schwa
25 months ago

Hope it all goes well and you achieve the goal! :) Its such a pleasant surprise to see people supporting culture! I have a campaign too, but no one is interested, I thought it was because no one cared for books, perhaps it's just the startup part? :( Anyway, sorry. Keep strong g!

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John McGrath, Jr.
26 months ago

I've never visited the Irish Center but I would like to with my Family. Thanks for all that you do.

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Vincent Gallagher
27 months ago

ALL RIGHT BOYS N GIRLS LETS HIT THIS OUT OF TH PARK THE PHILLIES CANT DO IT BUT WE CAN JUST PULL AS ONE VINCE

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$46,585 of $50k goal

Raised by 245 people in 29 months
Created May 7, 2014
Karen Boyce McCollum  
$100
Bill Whitman
2 months ago
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Shawn F McMullen
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Clau Schwa
25 months ago

Hope it all goes well and you achieve the goal! :) Its such a pleasant surprise to see people supporting culture! I have a campaign too, but no one is interested, I thought it was because no one cared for books, perhaps it's just the startup part? :( Anyway, sorry. Keep strong g!

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John McGrath, Jr.
26 months ago

I've never visited the Irish Center but I would like to with my Family. Thanks for all that you do.

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Vincent Gallagher
27 months ago

ALL RIGHT BOYS N GIRLS LETS HIT THIS OUT OF TH PARK THE PHILLIES CANT DO IT BUT WE CAN JUST PULL AS ONE VINCE

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