The 13th Annual Celtic Club St. Pet's Day Bulldog Lift-a-thon, a benefit for the Stow Police K-9 Fund, will take place at Stow Munroe Falls High School on March 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Admission is $5 per person, children 12 and under are admitted free. There will be food and beverages available for purchase. The event is in memory of Stow police K-9 Colt.
The event will feature Stow-Munroe Falls High School student-athletes performing four lifts (bench press, squat, etc.). They will have previously solicited donations per pound for their best lift- or a flat donation. All donations will go to the Stow Police K-9 Fund. This part of the event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon.
From noon to 2 p.m., there will be Irish entertainment provided by Celtic Rush and the MacConmara Irish Dancers.
Celtic Rush -- formerly the Akron Ceili Band -- is a traditional Irish band with a non-traditional twist. They are a group of friends who have enjoyed performing throughout Northeast Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The group performs with a variety of instruments, including fiddles, guitars, tin whistle, upright bass, mandolin and Irish drum (bodhran). Their music repertoire includes Irish and Scottish jigs, reels, hornpipes, waltzes and polkas, sometimes even adding some unexpected non-traditional favorites. They have a sound that is fun and entertaining and also gets people dancing.
The MacConmara Academy of Irish Dance is a professional Irish Dance School that loves to have fun. The Academy was founded by Teresa Seeman-Buck, TCRG, in 2009. The School's name, MacConmara, Gaelic for MacNamara, is a tribute to the Irish heritage of Seeman-Buc's grandmother, Kay Seeman-MacNamara who encouraged her grandchildren to master traditional Irish dance. The school offers Irish dance classes in Stow, Green and Hudson. Seeman-Buc has choreographed and performed in many shows, including with Ireland's legendary band, the Chieftains. She earned her teaching certificate from the Irish Dancing Commission in Dublin, Ireland.
On Oct. 19, 2016, the Stow Police Department lost K-9 Colt to cancer. The Stow Police Department began to accept donations to purchase a new K-9. Stow Police Chief Film said the community response was overwhelming. The police department is in the process of selecting their next K-9 handler and expect him and the new K-9 to start training in May.
Chief Film said, "I personally want to thank all those who sponsored fund raising events and the community for the kind words, cards and monetary donations we have received for K-9 Colt and the sustainment of our K-9 program. We have exceeded our original goals and any future donations made [like from the Bulldog Lift-a-thon] will go to the sustainment of our K-9 program. We could not have done it without your generosity and support."
Stow Police K-9 Officer Sgt. Steve Miller, K-9 Colt's handler, said that the 13th Annual Celtic Club St. Pet's Day Bulldog Lift-a-thon fundraiser put on on by the Celtic Club of Ohio and the Stow Munroe Falls schools shows the community support for the Stow K-9 Unit.
"Both parties took this idea on in such a positive way to bring the schools, the community and the police department together to support a good cause," said Miller.
Celtic Club President Jim Colver said, "The K-9 Units are not just a great tool for getting criminals off the street, they are also a great tool for bringing the police department and the community closer together. Almost everybody loves dogs and police K-9 units have always been something the residents of this community have been interested in."
Miller continued, "having the Celtic Club and the school system come together to show their support is wonderful. The people of the community get to see the K-9 units in a positive light."
Colver said, "This event was organized long before Colt's passing and it is sad Colt is no longer with us but the support by the community since his passing has been over whelming."
Miller said, "to have this fundraiser in his memory means a lot. I know that Colt had brought a lot of joy to the students in the school system during his tour and I am blessed that the Celtic Club and the schools are willing to show their support. The fundraiser will help in the purchasing of the equipment, food and veteranarian services needed for the Stow Police Department K-9 Units.
On Feb. 9, the Stow City Council presented the Celtic Club of Ohio with a resolution that read, in part, "that on behalf of the present Council, the City Administration, and all citizens of the City of Stow, Ohio, the official gratitude and appreciation of this City are hereby extended to the Celtic Club of Ohio for their efforts in holding the 13th Annual Celtic Club St. Pet's Day Bulldog Lift-a-thon Benefit to raise funds for the Stow Police K-9 Fund. This Council declares that their efforts are significant and noteworthy and typify the highest ideals of civic pride and zeal.
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