The St. Patrick’s Society of Montreal will be holding their 22nd annual Charity Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 1, 7:30 p.m., at the Centre Mont Royal Theatre, located at 2200 Mansfield. Tickets are $25 each, and $60 each for Patrons’ tickets. As well, those who are attending the concert are asked to bring along one non-perishable food item to drop off at specially-marked Christmas baskets.
Scheduled to perform at the concert are the 438 Tactical Helicopter Squadron Canadian Armed Forces Band, the Bernadette Short School of Irish Dancing dancers, soprano Colleen Bartley, the McGill Choral Society Chamber Choir, and the Yellow Door Choir.
In its mission to stage various events in order to raise funds for the community at large at different cultural, educational and charitable venues, the St. Patrick’s Society has decided that the beneficiary for this year’s Charity Christmas Concert is the Verdun-based Manna Food Bank. Founded in 1985 by two local church parishes, the Manna Food Bank services over 5,000 people in need every year on an annual food budget of $30,000. They are also aided with donations from a number of private individuals, as well as a number of foundations and organizations, such as the Zellers Family Foundation, Promo, the Lions Club, several of Montreal’s Irish societies and Harvest Montreal.
“This is first time that the Manna Food Bank is being associated with the St. Patrick Society and their annual Christmas concert, and we are delighted that they are helping us out,” said Joe Quinn, a retired fireman and Verdun fire chief, who has been involved with the food bank since 1998, and currently serves as its manager. “The need for food during the holiday season is much greater, because there is more demand for it. I don’t know exactly how many food items will be collected at the concert, but whatever we get I will always say ‘thank you’.”
To purchase tickets, call 514-481-1346, 514-386-8082 or go online at www.spsmtl.com.