Celtic-Thunder2Bob McCarthy teams with the Rotary Club of Ellicottville for his new event “Celtic Thunder – A Night of Irish Music and Dance.  This unique fundraiser will fund publication of a book being written by local writer Katie Benatovich as well as supporting Rotary’s Polio Plus Program.

Katie Benatovich, an Ellicottville area resident, is working on a book to help children battling cancer. The tagline “Help the Children” is fitting, as this book will be written for and donated to Camp Good Days & Special Times.  She hopes that by writing this book more families can know about Camp Good Days and Special Times and benefit from their services and support. Camp Good Days, a nonprofit that provides free summer camps and activities throughout the year to help families who have children and other family members with cancer.

The goal of Rotary’s Polio Plus program which began in 1985 is the global eradication of polio.  Rotary is working through the Global Polio Eradication Initiative to ensure that no child will ever again know the crippling effects of polio and are very close to reaching this goal.

The fun evening is going to leave a mark on Ellicottville with McCarthy-style entertainment including the  classic Irish folk band The Leftovers, Irish Dancers and some great surprises. This is a great value for Mardi Gras weekend as Beer, Wine & Food are Included in the price of the ticket.   The special Irish brews from Ellicottville Brewing Company, Red and White Wine from Eville Spirits and beef on weck from Dom’s Butcher Block.  Traditional Irish potatoes will also be on the menu while Katy’s Cafe & Catering is serving desserts. Helping the Katie and the Rotary Club in the book project are Weed Ross Insurance and Northtown Automotive Companies.

Tickets are going fast, but are still available for a $40 donation. A limited number of “Gold “ tickets are available for those individuals wishing to do a little bit more to help the cause, at $100 each. Please note that only $100 tickets will be available at the door.  Please call (716) 699-8758 for details and tickets.

The event takes place March 7 at 7 p.m. at the New Ellicottville Town Center’s Rotary Auditorium. This will also be the grand opening of the Rotary Auditorium, so it will be an extra special event for the community.