Calendar of Events
NEW MEETING LOCATION!
Eagles Club/VFW 630 6th St., LAX
COME EARLY or STAY LATE FOR FOOD!!!
June 27th, 5:30 Meeting
July 25th, 5:30 Meeting
Put it on your 2018 Calendar!
August 10-12 - IRISHFEST La Crosse
(see link below)
Bantry Development and Tourism Association
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February 25, 2017, LBFA hosted its 2nd annual Coulee Hoolie Ceili. This charity fundraiser was to benefit La Crosse Area Suicide Prevention Initiative and Lisheens House. Proceeds of $2,200.00 were raised and shared between the two charities.
April 2016, LBFA hosted its first annual Coulee Hoolie Ceili.
A member delegation delivers the Coulee Hoolie Ceili check to Noreen Murphy of Lisheens House in Bantry
LBFA members present check to La Crosse Area Suicide Prevention Initiative group
LBFA presented its first tour to Ireland in June of 2017. This tour consisted of over 30 travelers from our coulee region, including an LBFA member delegation. The group spent three of the 10 days in our beautiful sister city, Bantry.
Several individuals from the tour group came to our July potluck and shared their most memorable trip moments.
August 2017, we hosted the CEO of Bantry Bay America, Gary Werner and his lovely wife Diana to a long weekend at our local Irishfest. It was our way of showing our appreciation of the Bantry Bay Mussels donated yearly to LBFA for us to serve up at Irishfest.
We ended 2017 with a wonderful fun-filled Christmas party. A time for laughs and camaraderie. It truly has been a wonderful couple years of growth and new adventures. The success and growth of LBFA these last few years could not have happened without a fantastic team of members!
Thank you again for all that you do!
With a wonderful group of volunteers distributing mussels at Irishfest and ticket sales at Oktoberfest, we ended 2017 financially sound and our volunteers were able to share in two celebration parties for their time and effort. Members also gave time throughout the year at parades, setting up tables at the UWL International Banquet, La Crosse Farmers Market and at the kick-off for Global Initiative Week, giving us a way to share our groups mission with the La Crosse community.
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The Coulee Hoolie Ceili, an event of music and dance, came about with an idea to create a benefit for the homeless of La Crosse. After many discussions, on how this would work with our mission statement, came the idea to strengthen our relationship with our sister city of Bantry, Ireland by creating a twining with two like-minded groups, one from La Crosse and one from Bantry. With this event we have now been able to raise funds for several local charities and several charities in Bantry.
This years event has raised $3,000.00 to be divided between Sacred Grounds of La Crosse, a non-profit service to the less fortunate and Arc Cork of Bantry, Ireland, who offers services to those (and their families) dealing with medical issues.
We are very proud to announce that on March 24th, 2018
La Crosse Bantry Friendship Association successfully completed our 3rd annual COULEE HOOLIE CEILI!
Many thanks to all who helped!
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