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St. Paddy’s Downtown Dash helps good cause

By David Skolnick

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

By DAVID SKOLNICK

skolnick@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Not only do those participating in the second annual St. Paddy’s Downtown Dash on March 12 get to enjoy themselves and visit downtown, they’re helping a good cause, the event’s organizer says.

The event will raise money and canned goods for the Gleaners Food Bank in Youngstown.

“This helps people see our many great downtown establishments,” said Lyndsey A. Hughes, Youngstown’s downtown director of special events and special projects. “And it also helps a great cause.”

Sixteen bars and restaurants are participating in the dash, each offering drink specials.

The event starts at 5 p.m. with a sign-up at the B&O Station, 230 Mahoning Ave.

The cost for a wrist-band is $5. It’s reduced to $2 if a person brings a canned-food donation for Gleaners.

The registration fee will also allow participants to ride on two 55-passenger buses, provided by CCS Transit of Youngstown, that will travel to the 16 establishments between 5 p.m. and 12:30 a.m., Hughes said.

“You can get off the bus and get a drink,” Hughes said. “You can sit down at a restaurant, relax and enjoy a drink.”

The inaugural dash last year had more than 500 people and raised more than $1,200 for the food bank.

“We’re expecting a bigger crowd this year, about 800 people,” Hughes said.

New this year to the dash is Kravitz Delicatessen on Belmont Avenue in Liberty, which will be selling corned-beef sandwiches at the B&O, Hughes said.

Those wanting to get free St. Paddy’s Downtown Dash shirts must collect five plastic “gold coins” from people dressed as leprechauns, she said.

The coins can be traded in for the shirt at the B&O Station.

PARTICIPANTS

Youngstown’s 2nd annual St. Paddy’s Downtown Dash starts at 5 p.m. March 12. Here are the restaurants and bars, primarily in the city’s downtown, participating in the event.

The Royal Oaks

Cassese’s MVR

The Youngstown Club

The End of the Tunnel

Buffalo Wild Wings

Cafe Cimmento

Love’s Lounge

Barley’s Pub

Downtown 36

Draught House

The Lemon Grove Cafe and Lounge

Cedars Lounge

The Box Car/The B&O Station

The Imbibe Martini Bar

Rosetta Stone Cafe

The Old Precinct

Source: Lyndsey Hughes, Youngstown’s downtown director of special events and special projects