2018 Press Release

Amherst Gaelic League to Host 46th Annual Irish American Appreciation Party
Amherst, NY – January 18, 2018 – The Amherst Gaelic League (AGL) will host the 46th Annual Irish American Appreciation Party to benefit the AGL Charity Fund on Friday, March 9, 2018 from 5:00-8:00pm at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens in Depew (6461 Transit Road). The event is the largest St. Patrick’s Day party in Western New York.

The party will honor the AGL’s 2018 Irish Person of the Year, Margaret “Peg” Overdorf. Peg is the Executive Director of the Valley Community Association, having dedicated 40 years to the organization and surrounding community. She has spearheaded the construction of Buffalo River Fest Park and Mutual Riverfront Park along the Buffalo River. In addition, Peg devotes countless hours of her time and energy to promoting community togetherness, neighborhood spirit, and ethnic pride. She is the founder of the renowned “Old Neighborhood” St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Buffalo and is responsible for developing the Buffalo River Fest, a region-wide event that focuses on the restoration and beautification of the Buffalo River Front. She also led the effort to turn what was once a polluted dumping ground into the Valley Nature Park and Habitat Trail. Over the years, Peg has received numerous awards including the Friends of the Buffalo River Award; the Leadership Buffalo Service Award; the Greater South Buffalo Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award; and the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Green Key Award.

The AGL Charity Fund has supported numerous local Irish cultural causes and community organizations for years including the WNY Famine Committee, Irish Network Buffalo, ICFAA Feis and the St. Vincent de Paul Society. The AGL is also a proud supporter and sponsor of Buffalo Fenians GAA.

Tickets are $50 and are available pre-sale only and include open bar, hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment by Irish folk band Crikwater, the Gordon Highlanders Pipe Band and Irish dance performances by Clann Na Cara Irish Dancers. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Chris Flynn (716.913.7827 or cjflynn@roadrunner.com) or Dennis Lennon (716.213.3546 or dennis@openlinux.us) or visit our website at http://www.amherstirish.com (PayPal available).