Cantemos, Sunrise Project and O’Connell are 2023 beneficiaries of Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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Cantemos Youth Chorale, Sunrise Project and O’Connell Children’s Shelter will be the beneficiaries of the 2023 Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the committee announced Monday.

Cantemos is a new children’s choir for Douglas County third through sixth graders with only one requirement: a love for singing. The organization is “gathering a growing circle of signers who represent a rich diverse, racial, religious, economic, and cultural backgrounds,” according to the announcement.


Sunrise Project “provides space and opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to build an equitable community through education, good food, and social connection,” the announcement summarized. “They provide community meals and gardens and youth programs and so much more.”

And O’Connell Children’s Shelter provides emergency residential care for youth with the goal to “assist youth in connecting with family or caregivers that will support and strengthen youth to move beyond state custody,” according to the announcement.

The Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee’s first fundraising event of the season will be Fall Irish Road Bowling at Clinton State Park on Oct. 22. Additional events are coming up starting in February.

The committee has raised more than $1.2 million for Douglas County organizations, and “We look forward to continuing our work and bringing the community together to help three wonderful organizations,” according to the announcement.

“The Committee is also announcing our search for our 2023 St. Patrick’s Queen!” the announcement continued. “We invite all ages to come and join our committee in all our fundraising events. Whether as a Queen candidate, or a new volunteer committee member, be ready for fun, new friends and new experiences! Meetings are regular Tuesday nights starting in January.”

Learn more and check out the full list of upcoming events at

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