Rotary Club's Irish Pub Night helps local youth


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March 12, 2015 8:15 AM

The annual Irish Pub Night, put on by the Border City Rotary Club, is taking place this weekend. - File Photo

Get your green on this weekend and help out Lloydminster youth by heading down to the sixth annual Irish Pub Night held by the Border City Rotary Club on Saturday, March 14, at the Stockade Convention Centre.

The St. Patrick’s Day event will offer a traditional Irish supper, green beer, Irish coffee and whiskeys, with the proceeds going to various youth organizations and programs around the city. The night will also feature local entertainment, games and a work and leisure raffle for people to take part in.

“We have a local band called The Prairie Dogs, they are going to be doing some Irish music and a mix of rock and country music as well,” said Chris Leibel, co-chair for the event. “And then there will be some interactive games like relay racing, beer chugging and that kind of stuff.”

Over the last three years the Border City Rotary Club has been donating the proceeds of the Irish Pub Night to the Lloydminster Community Youth Centre, with an estimated $210,000 in funds raised in that time.

This year, they’re splitting it up a bit by helping out with a mix of initiatives, though they haven’t yet finalized which other youth organizations and programs they’ll be contributing to.

“Last year, it was for the youth centre getting their building, organizing the building and getting construction on it to make it what they wanted,” said Leibel. “We have been supporting youths for a number of years and youth is basically the future of Lloydminster, so if you can help them out it’s going to be a benefit for us in the future.”

This time around they hope to raise upwards of $40,000 to put toward these causes and tickets are still available for the event to anyone who wants to go out and take part in the night’s festivities.

Leibel said they want to give a big “thank you” to all the sponsors of the event, including title sponsor PWM Steel, who have helped the Border City Rotary Club raise the funds needed to support the organizations and initiatives benefitting the Lloydminster youth.

The doors open at 5:30 p.m. with supper starting at 6:30 p.m. The Prairie Dogs take the stage at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are still available for purchase. Anyone interested can contact Chris Leibel at 780-205-1332.

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