The Belfast Summer Relief Program is seeking host families for about 50 Catholic and Protestant children from Northern Ireland who will come to Western New York for a six-week vacation this summer.
The program will cover transportation and insurance costs. Host families are expected to provide room, board and entertainment. Preference will be given to families with children in the same 10 to 12 age range as the visitors. Homes also are needed for two adult chaperones accompanying the group.
Three fund-raisers for the Belfast program, which has brought more than 1,500 children to Buffalo since 1975, will be held in the coming weeks.
A benefit party sponsored by the Town O'Tonawanda Irish-American Club will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 18 in Murray's Tavern, 1316 Hertel Ave. A $10 donation will cover beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks. Tickets will be sold at the door.
Noel Nagle, Tommy Byrne and Brian Warfield of the Irish band the Wolfe Tones will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road. Tickets are $22 in advance and available at Tara Gift Shoppe, 250 Abbott. Any remaining tickets will be $24 at the door.
The 34th annual Irish American Cocktail Party, sponsored by the Amherst Gaelic League, will be held from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. March 17 in the Hearthstone Manor, 333 Dick Road, Depew. Tickets will be $25 in advance or $30 at the door, and can be bought from league members or Belfast program directors Jack and Maureen Fecio at 822-6626.
For more information, write to the Belfast Summer Relief Fund, PO Box 103, Ellicott Station, Buffalo NY 14204, e-mail JandMFecio@aol.com, or call the Fecios at the number above.