Rí Rá St. Patrick’s Day charity hits the $65,000 for The Portland Firefighters Children’s Burn Found | Arts & Culture

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Rí Rá St. Patrick’s Day charity hits the $65,000 for The Portland Firefighters Children’s Burn Found
Rí Rá St. Patrick’s Day charity hits the $65,000 for The Portland Firefighters Children’s Burn Found

St Patrick’s Day, such an important day were celebrating it all week

PORTLAND (March, 2011) – Rí Rá Irish Pub, the number one Guinness account in Maine plans to raise $15,000 in this years 10th annual fundraiser for The Portland Firefighters Children’s Burn Unit, bringing the total raised over the last 10 years to $65,000. Rí Rá Irish Pub, a world record breaker for the fastest ever consumed keg of Guinness, thanks to its thirsty Portland customers, has launched its 2011 St Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Apart from the festivities and a terrific entertainment lineup, most importantly this year is the 10th annual Rí Rá Irish Pub Paddy’s Plunge. All donations benefit The Portland Firefighters Children’s Burn Foundation. Last year Rí Rá and the 125 swimmers raised over $12,000, this year with 150 swimmers the target is $15,000 which will take the total dollars raised to over $65,000 in 10 years. It’s not too late to join in if you are crazy enough, just drop in to Rí Rá and ask your friendly barman for details.

• Charity: The Portland Firefighters Children's Burn Foundation 
• Event: The 10th Annual Rí Rá Irish Pub Paddy's Plunge 
• When & Where: March 17th, 5:30AM @ East End Beach, Portland 
• All Donations to Benefit the Portland Firefighters Children’s Burn Foundation
• For plungers: Free Irish Breakfast @6AM back at the pub, where the 1st keg of Guinness is tapped 
• Charity Auction with great items @6:30AM; all proceeds to benefit above 
• Donations will be accepted all day long in the pub lobby 
• Last year 125 plungers; close to $12,000>this year 150 plungers & $15K+ goals 
• Portland Maine's craziest St. Patrick's Day event begins before the sun comes up! 
• The US National Geographic Data Center reports the average temperature in the Atlantic Ocean in   
          Portland is a whopping 37 degrees; not for the faint of heart! 
• Family & Friends welcome to watch; family friendly event>clothes required! 
• Funds raised by sponsorship pledges & charity auction 
• The foundation assists burn victims & their families with expenses, support & social events 
• Year in/year out, this is the #1 fundraiser for the foundation 
o The PFCBF hosts a winter camp for survivors aged 13 to 17 & offers to send survivors aged 8 to 17 to the Children's Burn Camp in CT.  They also assist with prevention.  
• If you are one of the brave, stop by Rí Rá for a sponsorship packet today. 
• Sign up early if you plan to take the plunge so you can start collecting pledges! 

To the public Rí Rá opens on St Patrick’s Day at 6AM; enjoy Irish breakfast before work & a pint after! 

If you can’t make it before work, Rí Rá will be open all day serving a special Irish menu including the mouth watering Rí Rá house brined corned beef and the award winning Fish & Chips, all fresh and all local.

After tapping the 1st keg of Guinness at 6 AM, Rí Rá will go on to pull more than 3,000 pints of Guinness throughout the day.

In addition to the best Irish food in Maine and a storeroom full of Guinness, Rí Rá offers Irish entertainment throughout the day and the week including The Napper Tandy’s, Erin’s Guild, Nikki Hunt, The Gobshites and Irish Dancers & Bagpipers on Paddy’s Day and a range of Irish sessions and entertainment throughout the week.

Drop into Rí Rá anytime during the month of March and enjoy the March Irish specials including our signature house brined corned beef and our perfectly poured pints - the best pint of Guinness in Maine!  Help us celebrate our 10th anniversary all month long!
Rí Rá – the award winning Irish Pub & Restaurant on the waterfront of downtown Portland and PARTY CENTRAL FOR PADDY’S DAY

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