YORKTOWN, N.Y. - The Knights of Columbus and dozens of Yorktown seniors gathered last month at the Yorktown Cultural and Community Center for a day of dancing, corned beef, cabbage and music at the 23rd annual St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon.
“I think the seniors love it,” said Noreen O’Driscoll, manager at the Yorktown Senior Center. “The children from Bright Beginnings Pre-School and the seniors mixed together and were dancing. It was great.”
This was O’Driscoll’s first year organizing the event. For the last few years, the event was organized by Mary DeSilva, who previously held the role along with her husband, Richard DeSilva, the community organizer for the Knights of Columbus.
What started out as a Thanksgiving event 23 years ago has evolved into a full-blown St. Patrick’s celebration, providing Yorktown seniors with a traditional Irish meal and music for the last seven St. Patrick’s Days, said Richard DeSilva. Yorktown Councilman Ed Lachterman and County Legislator Mike Kaplowitz were also in attendance.
“You just can’t quantify what a group like the Knights of Columbus and any of our great charitable groups of Yorktown do for the community,” Lachterman said. “It’s so great to see the community spirit of Yorktown coming out like this.”