Wednesday, June 24

Kilted Celtic Crawl Fundraiser

On May 17, 2009 the Celtic Cultural Alliance held the first “Kilted Celtic Crawl”. The theme of this fundraiser was “Come Hell or High Water” and the goal was to raise money for the 2009 Celtic Classic.

Each person who walked donated a minimum of $25.00 to participate, and donations by team and sponsorships were also accepted.

The approximately 280 people were accompanied by pipe bands for the walk from the Sun Inn to the Steel Memorial just across the Fahey Bridge. While at the memorial the Maureen O’Grady-Quinlin dances performed and the crawlers were able to enjoy the pubs of Southside Bethlehem.
The stops included: Starter’s Riverport, J.P. MacGrady’s, The Lehigh Pub (formerly The Bridgeworks) and the Tally-Ho. After the pub stops the crawlers walked back across town to finish out the day.

So far the Kilted Crawl has turned out to be a huge success for the CCA. Donations were being accepted until June 1, 2009 for the team competition. The winner of the team competition will have a private concert by Blackwater. An update on the final amount will appear in the next newsletter. The individual winners were announced: Chip Montgomery raised $750.00 and received a kilt from USA Kilts and Brendan McGinley raised $525.00. Congratulations and thanks to Chip and Brendan for their terrific work!

Other ways to help the CCA there is a fundraising coupon for Starter’s available on the CCA website: and you can join “Keep Celtic Classic Alive” group on Facebook, founded by Food & Beverage committee member, Andrew Smithson. Keep alert for updates in the newsletter and on the website. With everyone’s help we will keep Celtic Classic going, come hell or high water!

-Sara Metzgar

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