FLORHAM PARK, NJ - A 4-foot tall leprechaun will be making his way around Florham Park over the next few weeks.
His goal is to raise money for scholarships and other programs run by the Florham Park Rotary club, according to Frank Sweetin, a spokesman, who said that the cardboard leprechaun will be placed in several businesses, including Firehouse Subs, Dunkin Donuts, Natales, the Florham Park Diner and Florham Park Liquors.
People can have their picture taken with the leprechaun and are invited to purchase a $50 raffle ticket, Sweetin said. The leprechaun, nicknamed Paddy O'Reilly, will start at Firehouse Subs before moving on to the other businesses around town.
"Last year we sold $1,500 worth of tickets," said Sweetin, adding that the winner of the 50/50 raffle took home a $750 prize.
The drawing for the raffle will be held on March 13 at 8:30 a.m. in the Florham Park Diner, where the Rotary meets most Friday mornings at 7 a.m.
"We're happy to participate in this great fundraising effort," said Joe Ungaro, owner of Firehouse Subs on Columbia Turnpike. "The Rotary is a great club and a lot of people are going to get a kick out of that leprechaun."