Calendar of Events
NEW MEETING LOCATION!
(contact Mark Barton if interested)
March 28th, 5:30 Meeting
Eagles/VFW Club 630 6th St. LAX
COME EARLY,STAY LATE FOR FOOD!
April 25th, 5:30 Meeting
Eagles/VFW Club, 630 6th St. LAX
COME EARLY, STAY LATE FOR FOOD!
Put it on your 2018 Calendar!
IRISHFEST ~ August 10th, 11th & 12th
Bantry Development and Tourism Association
La Crosse Bantry Friendship Association hosted the 2nd annual Coulee Hoolie Ceili, on February 25, 2017. This charity fundraiser was organized to create a twinning with two similar groups, La Crosse Area Suicide Prevention Initiative and Lisheens House (Bantry, Ireland) and to strengthen LBFA's connection to La Crosse's sister city Bantry.
Proceeds of $2,200.00 were raised and shared between the two charities.
Member delegation delivers check to Noreen Murphy of Bantrys Lisheen House in Bantry
LBFA members present check to La Crosse Area Suicide Prevention Initiative group
Links to your Irish community
In June, LBFA presented it's first tour to Ireland. This tour consisted of over 30 travelers from our coulee region, including a member delegation. The group spent three of the 10 days in our beautiful sister city, Bantry. Several from the tour group came to our July potluck and shared their most memorable trip moments.
August we hosted the CEO of Bantry Bay America, Gary Werner and his lovely wife Diana to a long weekend at our local Irishfest, this in appreciation of the Bantry Bay Mussels donated yearly and served up at Irishfest.
Finally we end the year with our wonderful fun-filled annual 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 two 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 end our year financially sound and our volunteers were able to share in two celebration parties for their time and effort. Member. 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.
Please consider joining our LBFA family!
Kriss Kuhn - President
Looking back on 2016 and 2017...
Looking back at these last two years, I am amazed at all we have accomplished! First to mention, the city of La Crosse voted to drop the 'Sister City' groups as city committee's, that left us putting in many hours of research, with a final decision/vote to become our own 501C3 non-profit! Congratulations to La Crosse Bantry Friendship Association, Inc.
With lots of meetings and time consuming effort, LBFA started an annual event...the Coulee Hoolie Ceili. This is an event of music and dance, raising funds for some very important community charities and at the same time creating a twining with like-minded groups from our sister city, Bantry.
We are very proud to announce our 3rd ANNUAL COULEE HOOLIE CEILI, March 24th, 2018, 6-10pm Join us at the American Legion, La Crosse.