The Dodge City Women's Chamber of Commerce held a St. Patrick's Day Breakfast Benefit on Friday.

The Dodge City Women's Chamber of Commerce held yet another successful St. Patrick's Day Breakfast Benefit fundraiser at Casey’s Cowtown on Friday.

Guests were offered a breakfast of eggs, sausage, Irish hashbrowns, juice and coffee from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. for a $10 admission fee. This marks the 17th year of the fundraiser in which half of the proceeds go to a Sacred Heart endowment. 

“Our friend Jamie Lutz, the sister of Mike who owns the cowtown, she passed away from cancer 3 years ago,” said Jennifer Kirby, President of the women’s chamber. “She was very involved with Sacred Heart, so the scholarship endowment, we do a donation to that.”

On top of donating to Sacred Heart, the women’s chamber also saves half of the proceeds for future community service grants.

“We take applications and award those usually in October or November on scholarships for area-wide students going to any university, or returning students,” said Kirby. “The amount of scholarships we grant depends on how much money is generated from the fundraisers.”

During the fundraiser, guests entered a drawing to win a prize from a prize table consisting of gift certificates, plants, backpacks with pens, a “pot of gold” and a “cup of gold”. Guests also received a green carnation and a green St. Patrick’s Day necklace if they wished.

“Guests that are sitting, they sign up and we’ll pull their name out of an ‘Irish bucket’ and it’s kind of a pot of gold,” said Kirby. 

According to Kirby, the fundraiser began with a full house and ended with an empty prize table, proving to be yet another successful year.

“On St. Patty’s Day there’s not a lot that goes on in town,” she said. “It’s always on spring break too, so it’s just a nice social activity.”

Dodge City Women's Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization in southwest Kansas that focuses on donating time through volunteering and funds to other local organizations and student scholarships.

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