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US friends raise €1,200 for Arc

May 2nd, 2018 5:46 PM

By Southern Star Team

Lisa Marchel playing the fiddle at the Coulee Houlie Ceili in La Crosse in Wisconsin.

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A COMMUNITY group in Wisconsin has raised €1,200 for a cancer support house in Bantry. 

La Crosse, a city in western Wisconsin, is twinned with Bantry, and last month the La Crosse-Bantry Friendship Association held a traditional Irish music event to raise funds for Bantry Arc. 

The ‘Coulee Houlie Céilí’ fundraiser included Irish music and dance, a silent auction, Irish food and fun. 

The event raised a similar amount for a coffee sanctuary in Wisconsin called ‘Sacred Grounds’, which provides a safe space for vulnerable people to meet and share experiences.

‘The Coulee Hoolie Ceili is a unique celebration to bring a little Irish culture to La Crosse and raise some money for a good cause,’ said Association president Lynn West. ‘Building a strong global connection between La Crosse and Bantry is at the heart of our mission and our Coulee Hoolie Céilí fundraiser plays a key role in achieving that goal and also brings awareness to social issues that both of our cities share,’ she added.

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