January has been a month of highs and lows. We had the highs of the Polar Plunge, which even though it was the coldest ever, still raised over $100,000 for Catholic schools across the area. Thanks to all who came out to help and support (and for those with face masks that I did not recognize, sorry.) it could not happen without you. We had the team lead by Steve Mulvey and Matty Guerin go, once again, to St Mark’s and cook up some delicious entrees for the people who are less fortunate in our area.
Then we had the low of losing one of our brothers’ way too early in life. Sean Corridon was the person who ran the Irish day at Monmouth Park which we all enjoyed ourselves. He was also the lead drummer in our pipe band. His drum and kilt were a big part of his ceremony as were the AOH members who played the pipes and those who took on the flag bearer details. His family was overwhelmed by the love and support that everyone showed them. Sean will be greatly missed by his fellow band members and all the members of Division 2 Patrick Torphy Monmouth County AOH. May Sean rest in peace.
Our banquet and awards dinner will be held this Saturday (February 4th) at Shore Casino and I am looking forward to seeing everyone there. It’s the time we all get to put the suits on and pretend we have class, but really, it’s our big night of the year to get together as brothers and show appreciation to the members who have given their time and efforts this past year.