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Lucky Leprechaun Ball Fundraiser
March 15th, 3 to 7 pm

AOH flagJoin us for the 2015 Ancient Order of Hibernians Annual Lucky Leprechaun Ball! This event, a fundraiser for Dann’s House, will include performances from the members of Song of the Lakes, The Wild Sullys, Blue Footed Booby, Pam McCormick (Irish Dancer), Mike Kelly (Actor), Stephan MacNeil (seven-time Northern American Highland bagpipe champion), a Tribute to Robert Emmett, and our very own Shaun Anchak, who sits on the StonesHouse Board of Directors.

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The Wild Sullys

This year’s event will be held in The Workshop, at  221 Garland Street in the Warehouse District in Traverse City. The event will feature the open format of an Irish session. Rather than being like a concert or a festival, where one band at a time gets up and plays, members from different groups will all get on stage and perform together in different configurations. It should be great fun!

The Ball will also host the 36th annual Danny Boy Singing Contest! Prizes will be awarded to the top three competitors.

On March 9, the Record-Eagle published a great story about the event , quoting several of Dann McCarthy’s Hibernian brothers who echoed this sentiment:

…McCarthy, who died in 2012 from a pulmonary embolism and alcohol intoxication, embodied the Hibernian motto of “friendship, unity and Christian charity.” So it’s only fitting that the ball — promoted as a family cultural event rather than a drinking event — is dedicated to raising money for the causes he believed in.
Hibernian Parade Day
Dann McCarthy in the 2010 Hibernian Parade

To read the entire Record-Eagle article, click here…

Tickets are $15, $10 for Seniors, and children under 12 are admitted free! Proceeds will assist the supportive housing program of Dann’s House in Traverse City.

Northern Express Interview

The guys from Dann’s House were interviewed by the Northern Express.  Their group interview was published in the December 15, 2014 issue.

Overall, we were very pleased with the article. It is worth noting that we prefer not to use the term “wet house.” It seems pejorative and  implies a “party house” to many.

Also, we would clarify that there was a volunteer who purchased  beer for the residents out of his own pocket in the beginning.  It was never the policy of the organization and we stopped it as soon as we found out. (See the FAQs.)

Buchanan: I’m glad to have the opportunity to be here.

Ciccone: I am deeply grateful for this situation and I feel blessed, personally.

To see the whole article, click here.

Support for Dann’s House

Christie-Minervini

Christie Minervini published an opinion column supporting the Dann’s House project in the Northern Express on July 27, 2014. Christie has been active in helping provide services to people in our community experiencing  homelessness, including serving on the Board of Safe Harbor.

Her column is well reasoned and thoughtful,  and  relies on facts and statistics from the project, “1811 Westlake” in Seattle,  Washington.

The  piece concludes:

I’d like to see Dann’s House get successfully up and running so that they can expand to serve the remaining inebriates left on the street. The reduction of public alcoholism will greatly improve the community atmosphere and nuisance issue, while providing a measure of human dignity to those experiencing homelessness now being vilified.

To read the rest of the column, click here.