All things Irish were celebrated Monday night at the 39th annual Leavenworth Rotary’s Irish Stew Dinner at the Riverfront Community Center.
Food, music, dancing, a silent auction and of course green beer were featured in the service organization’s largest fundraiser of the year.
Proceeds from the annual event go to the Leavenworth Rotary Foundation in support of local youth programs as well as scholarships to high school seniors to attend college or a vocational school.
The organization makes about $5,500 each year at the fundraiser, held each year on the Monday before St. Patrick’s Day, which is this Sunday.
The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday in downtown Leavenworth.
Tamara Sevcik, public relations director for the Leavenworth Rotary, said the event is unique in that it is “the only Rotary in our district that has an Irish Stew Dinner.”
She said the menu of stew, peas, slaw and garlic bread has not changed in the 39 years of the event.
Numerous members of the organization pitched in as volunteers at the event.
Entertainment at this year’s event featured the Clanna Eireann Celtic Dancers, a bagpiper and the First City String Band.
Approximately 500 people were expected to attend the event, organizers said, including Brother David McGinnis, the grand marshal of this year’s parade.