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Ismail to speak at Wilkes-Barre Friendly Sons Dinner

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The Wilkes-Barre Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick will hold it's 69th Annual Saint Patrick's Day dinner on Friday, March 14, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at the Genetti Hotel and Conference Center, Wilkes-Barre.

Richard F. Crossin, president of Bonner Chevrolet, Kingston, and former partner in the Four Seasons Golf Course from 1992 to 2001 will be honored as the Man of the Year. Crossin is also the past President of the West Side Jaycees and the Wyoming Valley New Car Dealers Association.

Qadry Ismail, a former NFL wide receiver and current lead color analyst for the Baltimore Ravens, will be principal speaker at this year’s Wilkes-Barre Friendly Sons of St. Patrick dinner.

He had an outstanding football and track & field career initially at Meyers, and then at Syracuse University, before playing in the NFL and helping the Baltimore Ravens win the Super Bowl XXXV Championship after the 2000 season.

The Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick began in Philadelphia in 1771 at the midst of the foundation of our country. Earliest members include many influential patriots who were devoted to the cause of liberty.

Among the honorary members of the first meeting were John Dickinson and Robert Morris who later signed the Declaration of Independence and General George Washington. The first president was General Stephen Moylan, who was a private secretary to General George Washington. Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin also frequented meetings of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.

Following in the footsteps of the Society in Philadelphia was the Society in New York which was founded in 1784. The New York Society formed to provide relief to the widows and children of Irish soldiers who had served in the American Revolution. Prominent members included Governor Charles Whitman, Mayor John P. Mitchell, Governor Alfred E. Smith, Wilton Lackaye, noted actor, and Augustus Thomas, noted dramatic critic and playwright.

To purchase tickets for the dinner, contact any member of the Friendly Sons or call Brian Finnerty, ticket chairman, at 570-793-9474.

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