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Old St. Pat’s Church, Irish Restaurants Raising Money To Feed People Who Are Homeless

The organizers aim to provide warm meals to people experiencing homelessness on St. Patrick’s Day.

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WEST LOOP — Old St. Pat’s Catholic Church is hosting a virtual chef’s kitchen to raise money to feed people experiencing homelessness. 

The West Loop church at 700 W. Adams St. will host Old St. Pat’s Chefs Kitchen online at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Rev. Tom Hurley will join chefs from Chicago Irish restaurants Gage and Kerryman to whip up people’s favorite Irish dishes, said Sheila Greifhahn, Old St. Pat’s director of special events and external relations.

The organizers aim to raise money so they can provide warm meals to people experiencing homelessness on St. Patrick’s Day, which is March 17, Greifhahn said.

The online event will feature performances from singer Catherine O’Connell, Trinity Irish Dance and fiddler Patricia Treacy. People can register to watch online.

The event is free, but the church is accepting goodwill donations of $5. People who donate $25 or more will receive an Old St. Pat’s custom apron.

“With so many people struggling during this difficult time, we thought it would be a great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day while honoring our patron St. Patrick. Patrick was a missionary who was a huge champion for the underserved,” Greifhahn said.

The meals will go to shelters, residential facilities and places where people were unable to find a shelter, Greifhahn said.

By pairing up with local restaurants, Wee hope it will be a win-win by providing meals to those in need, while still supporting local restaurants who have also been going through a tough time,” Greifhahn said.

Learn more about the Old St. Pat’s event online.

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