St. Patrick’s Day event to aid three nonprofit groups

JB and the Get Down Browns play on stage at The Valley Foundation's 2015 St. Patrick's Day celebration. Photo courtesy of Jamie Pence

The Shenandoah County Fairgrounds will host some St. Patrick’s Day partying this weekend with an event that’s become something of a tradition.

The Valley Foundation will host its annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at the fairgrounds on Saturday. This year, portions of proceeds will benefit three organizations in the area.

Board member Justin Pence said that Luke’s Backpack has been a regular recipient of contributions from the event. This year, Family Promise of Shenandoah County and the ChildSafe Center in Winchester will also be recipients. Pence said this is the first year the event has benefited those nonprofits.

With a number of sponsors and discounts, Pence said The Valley Foundation ends up giving most of the ticket money away. Between the three organizations, Pence said the foundation hasn’t yet decided how it will distribute the proceeds.

“We’ve given all to one before; we just try to spread it out as much as we can,” he said.

JB and the Get Down Browns band member Brian Parks plays saxophone on stage at The Valley Foundation's 2015 St. Patrick's Day celebration. Photo courtesy of Jamie Pence

Pence said volunteers will decorate the Lilly Building at the fairgrounds all day on Friday in preparation and the event’s band, JB and the Get Down Brown’s, is a regular favorite.

“Every year it seems like the decorations and party favors and so forth get more elaborate,” he said.

Ticket prices include dinner and unlimited beverages. From the benefits to community causes and the festive atmosphere, Pence said it’s an event that’s more than worth the ticket price.

“You can’t go anywhere and eat all you want and drink all you want for $40,” he said. “We have quite the dancers there and it’s always a good time.”


• 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. March 19 at Shenandoah County Fairgrounds’ Lilly Building, 300 Fairground Road in Woodstock.

• Tickets are $40 in advance and $65 at the door.

• Find out more at http://thevalleyfoundation.net.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com