Event Brings the City Together
Funny thing how an Irish event can bring out a large mixed crowd in a city famously Italian and still succeed.
This is exactly what happened at the 64th Everett celebration known as the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Annual Dinner held at the Connolly Center on Chelsea Street Thursday evening.
It was a night for friends to gather together for a few drinks and the traditional corned beef and cabbage dish in a room awash in a sea of green clothing.
It was also a night when Bill Perkins, Bill and Brenda Marchant, Frances X. Hogan and Eugene O’Brien were all honored by the Friendly Sons for their extraordinary commitment to Everett and for the great things they have done over the years to make the city a better place.
Hogan, a noted attorney who lives in the home she grew up in stole the show with an eloquent and sincere thank you speech that struck everyone in their heart who was listening:
“I have lived here all my life. I have loved this city all my life. I love Everett,” she told the crowd.
The crowd numbering about 300 gave her and the others being honored a hearty round of applause.
Many local politicians were inside the Connolly Center including most of the members of the School Committee and the City Council.
Senator Sal DiDomenico attended as did the mayor and the Everett representative.
Also noted in the crowd were many members of the city’s business community, as well as members of longtime Everett families.
Former City Clerk Mike Matarazzo served as the master of ceremonies welcoming everyone as they entered the main room.