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Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade names 2024 beneficiaries; Irish Road Bowling coming up soon

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The Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee has selected five local organizations serving kids that will receive donations from the 2024 parade and the events leading up to it.

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This year’s beneficiaries, according to a recent news release from the parade committee, are:
Baby Jay’s Legacy of Hope, which assists families during their child’s battle with pediatric cancer;
Lawrence Community Nursery School, which provides low-cost and inclusive education for little ones;
Lawrence Unchained Bicycle Co-op, which provides low-cost or free bicycles, parts, helmets, and more for kids and adults who might not otherwise be able to afford them;
Positive Bright Start, an early childhood education center that provides therapy services and financial aid for students and families; and
River City Rock Camp, which helps young musicians foster self-confidence through an immersive music education program.

The parade cycle’s events kick off soon with Irish Road Bowling. Teams of four will “bowl” a metal cannonball around a 1-mile course at Clinton Lake in as few tosses as possible. Though the event is a fundraiser for the wee ones, it’s intended for those 21 and up.

The event starts at noon Saturday, Oct. 21. There’s a recommended donation of $160 per four-person team. Find out more and register on the parade’s website, lawrencestpatricksdayparade.com.

There will be more Irish Road Bowling in March. In the meantime, there’s a traditional bowling tournament and a pub quiz trivia night tentatively planned for February, as well as a pool tournament, charity auction, the Shamrock Shuffle 5K, the Luck of the Irish Poker Run and more coming up with dates to be announced.

The parade has raised more than $1.2 million for Douglas County-area children’s charities over 36 parade seasons, according to the release.

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