River Grove school raises $4,000 with St. Patrick’s Day event
The McNulty Irish Dancers perform during a fundraiser for St. Cyprian School at the Underpass Restaurant and Lounge in Franklin Park. | Rob Hart~Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 22, 2013 11:15AM
FRANKLIN PARK — The luck of the Irish was definitely present on St. Patrick’s Day with proceeds from a fundraiser for a local Catholic school exceeding expectations.
Every year for almost 10 years around St. Patrick’s Day, St. Cyprian Catholic School, a private elementary school in River Grove, has a fundraiser with the proceeds going to Tom Tarpey/John Stamm Scholarship Fund and to take care of other needs the school may have.
This year’s fundraiser took place March 17 at Underpass Restaurant and Lounge in Franklin Park.
Shawn Campbell, a St. Cyprian Catholic School alum and event organizer, said there was a great turnout. She said they raised about $4,000, which was more than what was raised last year.
Those in attendance paid $15 for adults and $8 for children to indulge in traditional Irish food, like corned beef and cabbage.
Sr. Kathleen Klingen, principal of St. Cyprian Catholic School, said those in attendance ate their fill. She said the staff at Underpass Restaurant made 380 pounds of corned beef and 100 pounds of potatoes.
Along with good food there were Irish dance performances by the McNulty Irish dancers as well as bagpipe performances by the Shannon Rovers.
“Everyone had a good time,” Campbell said.
Klingen said the money will be used in the form of scholarships/financial aid for students and buy new technology, like iPads, for the classrooms.
“A Catholic school education is not cheap and is an investment in your child’s future,” she said.