Wilkes-Barre Friendly Sons moves dinner to September

Bob Kalinowski, The Citizens' Voice, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
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Mar. 3—The Wilkes-Barre Friendly Sons of St. Patrick are again rescheduling the organization's 75th annual dinner.

Originally slated for March 13 last year, the dinner is now tentatively set to be held on Sept. 16 at Best Western Plus Genetti Hotel and Conference Center in Downtown Wilkes-Barre.

Former Philadelphia Eagles kicker David Akers is still slated to be the keynote speaker.

Anyone who purchased a ticket for the 2020 event can still use that ticket for the dinner in September, organizers say.

Michael Ward, chairman of the 75th annual dinner, said the decision to reschedule the annual event was made because of the continued COVID-19 pandemic.

"After consulting with the staff at Genetti's in Wilkes-Barre, Man of the Year Jim Thomas, and with keynote speaker, David Akers, we believe September is a realistic timeframe to once again gather and celebrate Irish culture and heritage halfway to St. Patrick's Day," Ward said in a news release.

— Bob Kalinowski

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