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The Greater Pittston Friendly Sons of St. Patrick will honor Past President Patrick Gilligan at the Annual Past Presidents Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Knights of Columbus in Pittston. The event begins at 6 p.m. and will feature a buffet dinner along with refreshments and live music.


Make reservations by stopping by the Knights of Columbus any Thursday night 7-9 p.m. or by contacting Past Presidents Dinner Chairman Michael Cadden or any other active member of the Friendly Sons. Cost is $10 for members and $20 for guests.


Past President Michael Cadden invites all past presidents and members to participate in this fun-filled night as Gilligan is honored for his service.


Friendly Sons President Jimmy Clancy has organized all committees and active members as the full scale planning of the 2013 St. Patrick's Day Banquet has begun.


The organization has had a great past few months starting with the great successes of our golf tournament and half way to St. Patrick's Day Party that were held to support our scholarship fund, Clancy said. We look forward to continuing our great tradition of hosting the 99th Annual St. Patrick's Day Banquet.


The banquet will be held at the Woodlands and will feature Colonel Frank Noonan, Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner, as principal speaker. James Jay Duffy will serve as Grand Marshal and William Billy Anzalone will be the General Chairman


Award winners this year include: Man of the Year Mark Casper and Francis W. Swingle Award Winner Andy Ashby.


Ticket prices are $65 for adults and $50 for guests under 21 years of age. Tickets can be purchased from any active member of the G.P. Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick or by stopping in the Knights of Columbus in Pittston any Thursday night from 7-9 p.m.


Clancy also reminds members to please mail in or drop off your membership dues as soon as possible to ensure that you are included in the membership roster that is published each year in the banquet program. Dues remain the same at $5 per member. Please be sure to include the exact spelling of your name how you would like it printed in the booklet.


Upcoming dates: Feb. 7, regular meeting (Knights of Columbus); Feb. 16, Past Presidents Dinner (Knights of Columbus); March 7, regular meeting (Knights of Columbus); March 17, 99th St. Patrick's Day Banquet (Woodlands); August 10, Black Shamrock Open (Blue Ridge Trail Golf Course).


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