ROSELLE PARK, NJ - It was a "spirited" event at Dowling's Irish Pub and Restaurant, where attendees enjoyed a day-long celebration of good food and fellowship to raise funds for the Roselle Park fireworks.

The July fireworks are paid for through donations that are collected throughout the year. The event raised $1,037 with more donations still coming in. 

The first annual "Friends of the Pub" benefit show consisted of different "friends" guest bar tending, including Roselle Park Mayor Carl Hokanson, who started the event as the first to get behind the bar and serve the first drink.

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Marc Dowling and Russ Olden, owners of Dowlings, both have roots in the area. “As a former Roselle Park resident, I have fond memories of the fireworks and we are happy to contribute to keeping that tradition,” said Olden. “Our vision is not only running a restaurant, but becoming part of the community.”

Other guests attending and either entertaining or bar tending were: Dave Bell (former New Jersey State Trooper), Paul Bulger & Jim Hannon (Union County Police & Fire Pipes & Drums), Port Authority Police Pipes & Drums, Matty Glakin, Harry Leonard, and Bob Wade (Elizabeth Police & St. Columcille United Gaelic Pipe Band), members of the Roselle Park First Aid Squad and Fire Department and others. 

Dowling’s Pub is located on 117 Chestnut Street in Roselle Park.