Irish history students say thanks

To the Editor:

On behalf of the students of the Irish history class who will be traveling to Ireland on February 23, I wish to thank all of the members of our community who have supported the necessary fundraising in so many different ways.

Our Island community have opened their hearts to these young people and, in many cases, made their trip possible. We will think of you all when we visit the Emerald Isle next week and travel to theaters, museums, donkey sanctuaries, gaelic football games, and the traditional seaweed baths.

There are so many people to thank, from the families who turned up to fundraising dinners, baked cupcakes, donated items or gave their own time to help, to the Island businesses who donated items for our silent auction.

We owe thanks to Cronig’s Market for their incredibly generous donation of enough chicken for us to cook a feast, and to the Portuguese-American Club who provided the venue for our Be the First to Celebrate St. Patrick Dinner last week. We are deeply grateful to Nadine Barrett, who cooked our Irish feast for us, giving up a whole day of her time, to Linda Jean’s for their generous donation of vegetables. Our grateful thanks to our own resident leprachaun, Jimmy Flynn, who brought Irish magic and auctioneering skills to our event, and to Rainy Day, Midnight Farm, Larsen’s Net Result, the Toy Box, Merrily and Frank Fenner, Bill O’Callaghan, Teri Brown, the Ocean Club, the Bunch of Grapes, Denise Guest, and Circuit Style, for their generous donations.

Thank you to Colleen and Phil McAndrews of Off Shore Ale for their generous hosting of a fundraiser for us, and to Sharkeys for their donation.

Such generosity makes me very aware that this is a community that values each and every one of its children and is willing to do what it takes to give them every opportunity.

From our hearts, we thank you,

Elaine Cawley Weintraub Ed.D.

West Tisbury

For the students of the Irish history class