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Philly Parade Fundraiser Draws Record Crowd

When you can fill a place where you could hold two wedding receptions simultaneously, you know you’re doing something right. The FOP Hall in Northeast Philadelphia–where the bar is big enough to accommodate a police car and does–was jam-packed on Sunday, February 28, for the biggest ever fundraiser for the Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade marches down the Parkway on Sunday, March 13.

Fundraiser organizer Mary Frances Fogg, vice president of the St. Patrick’s Day Observance Committee, was a green streak on Sunday as she dashed from raffle tables to the stage for the nonstop prize giving. Fox29 personalities Kathy Orr, Bob Kelly (with his wife, Carrie and son, Austin) and Mike Jerrick were on hand to conduct a pep rally for foils who had plenty of pep to start with. This is Fox29’s first year broadcasting the parade, though it will be Orr’s thirteenth year as parade host. She previously announced the parade when she was chief meteorologist at CBS3, where Kelly was traffic reporter.

There was barely a pause between bands on stage, and once the kids got on the dance floor, the adults weren’t far behind. We were there for a bit, as you can see from the photos below.

Teeny DancersSwinging His PartnerState Rep. Kevin BoyleSpecial Raffle PrizeSnapping a PhotoShannon Dunne and Frank DalyRafflesPicking the WinnerParade Director and FriendsMeasuring the TicketsMaura Dwyer and John ByrneMatt McDonald of No Irish Need ApplyMary Patrick, Son and FriendLet's Look at it This WayKathy OrrJohn Mahoney of No Irish Need ApplyIrresistableFox 29's Mike JerrickFox 29's Bob Kelly and Son AustinFox 29 Parade TeamFilling the Dance FloorDancing SoloDancing at Their TableBounty of Red HeadsBob Kelly of Fox29Bob Hurst of the Bogside RoguesBill Whitman and FriendsBalloon Boy1916 Commemoration CommitteeNo Irish Need ApplyFace painting--and another use for the phone
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