It is with great sadness that I announce, after heartfelt consideration, the Officers and Trustees of the Rutherford Irish American Association have elected to cancel Rutherford's Fourth Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in recognition of the continuing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
When the RIAA was founded in July 2017, one goal was to host a St. Patrick's Day Parade that our community could enjoy and be proud of. We succeeded in that quest, with each of our first three parades getting bigger and better each year. Our hope was that our Fourth Annual Parade would build on the excitement and success of our first three parades. However, the threat of COVID-19 was one that could not be ignored. Recognizing that the health and safety of our members, parade participants, and our community as whole, remains our number one priority, we thought it best to cancel the 2021 parade and all its related events to help limit the spread of COVID-19.
Since we remain hopeful that the virus will be under control later this year, we will now focus our efforts on planning our 2022 parade to be held on March 6, 2022. In anticipation of that event, we have also elected to carry over our dignitaries from this year to next year so that they can receive their rightful recognition.
In closing, please accept our best wishes that you and your family have a happy and healthy 2021.
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The RIAA would like to sincerely thank Rob and John Donnelly for all their hard work in organizing a fantastic golf outing and awards dinner!
Their dedication to making sure this event was a huge success did not go unnoticed.
The Donnelly brothers worked tirelessly to gain the support of local businesses and Rutherford Irish members. Because of their efforts, over 80 golfers attended the outing and over 120 attended the dinner.
A great day was had by all, thank you.
Pat was honored at the NJ General Assembly's St. Patrick's Day Grand Marshal Recognition Event. Grand Marshals from around the state gathered to be presented with a ceremonial resolution from the legislature honoring their community service and dedication to Irish heritage!
"The Irish nation cherishes its special affinity with people of Irish ancestry living abroad who share its cultural identity and heritage."
Bunreacht na hEireann | Constitution of Ireland
Through our long-time supporters at BCB Bank, you can now give back to the RIAA at no cost to you and it's so simple. Using your existing account at BCB, fill out the enrollment form below and bring it in. Once we reach a certain threshold a small percentage of your account balance is match by BCB and donated to us. We'll never know who is contributing, where the money is coming from, or any of your account information. Community banking benefits everyone. Thank you to BCB for all that they have done in support of the Rutherford Irish!
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