The 13th Annual Celtic Club St. Pet's Day Bulldog Lift-a-thon, a benefit for the Stow Police K-9 Fund, will take place at Stow Munroe Falls High School on March 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Admission is $5 per person, children 12 and under are admitted free. There will be food and beverages available for purchase. The event is in memory of Stow police K-9 Colt.
The event will feature Stow-Munroe Falls High School student-athletes performing four lifts (bench press, squat, etc.). They will have previously solicited donations per pound for their best lift- or a flat donation. All donations will go to the Stow Police K-9 Fund. This part of the event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon.
From noon to 2 p.m., there will be Irish entertainment provided by Celtic Rush and the MacConmara Irish Dancers.
Celtic Rush -- formerly the Akron Ceili Band -- is a traditional Irish band with a non-traditional twist. They are a group of friends who have enjoyed performing throughout Northeast Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The group performs with a variety of instruments, including fiddles, guitars, tin whistle, upright bass, mandolin and Irish drum (bodhran). Their music repertoire includes Irish and Scottish jigs, reels, hornpipes, waltzes and polkas, sometimes even adding some unexpected non-traditional favorites. They have a sound that is fun and entertaining and also gets people dancing.
The MacConmara Academy of Irish Dance is a professional Irish Dance School that loves to have fun. The Academy was founded by Teresa Seeman-Buck, TCRG, in 2009. The School's name, MacConmara, Gaelic for MacNamara, is a tribute to the Irish heritage of Seeman-Buc's grandmother, Kay Seeman-MacNamara who encouraged her grandchildren to master traditional Irish dance. The school offers Irish dance classes in Stow, Green and Hudson. Seeman-Buc has choreographed and performed in many shows, including with Ireland's legendary band, the Chieftains. She earned her teaching certificate from the Irish Dancing Commission in Dublin, Ireland.
On Oct. 19, 2016, the Stow Police Department lost K-9 Colt to cancer. The Stow Police Department began to accept donations to purchase a new K-9. Stow Police Chief Jeff Film said the community response was overwhelming. The police department is in the process of selecting their next K-9 handler and expect him and the new K-9 to start training in May.
For more information, call 330-689-5204 or 330-867-0485 or go to https://m.facebook.com/smfhsstrength/ or https://m.facebook.com/stowpolicedepartment/.