This year marks a major milestone in Blarney Breakfast history. The 40th Annual celebration of the original Blarney Breakfast will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, March 17 2015 at Old Chicago East. Blarney is the oldest running St. Patrick’s Day breakfast celebration in Wichita!
Blarney Breakfast began in 1975. KAKE TV hosted a letter writing competition to decide which charity would host and receive proceeds from the special St. Patrick’s Day event. Margaret Shook, a member of the Chi Epsilon Sorority of ESA, who’s son received Rainbows’ services wrote in and Rainbows was chosen. And so began the 40 year tradition of Wichita’s beloved breakfast.
Over the years, Blarney has served more than 45,000 attendees and raised $350,000 for Rainbows’ programs and services. Currently, Blarney Breakfast benefits Rainbows’ Targeted Case Management Services, the largest provider of TCM in Kansas. These services include respite care, on-going care, funding for durable medical equipment, funding for diapers, medication, home needs and supplies, as well as advocacy, hands-on assistance and supportive advice from a TCM that will walk along side families.
From 6 to 9:30 a.m. on March 17, Old Chicago will be filled with breakfast, coffee, bagpipers, Irish dancers, and so much more. In 40 years of Blarney, 71,250 cups of coffee, 57,000 pancakes, and 114,000 slices of bacon and sausage links have been served! As a special feature for the 40th year, there will be a drive thru for Dunkin Donuts’ donuts and a cup of coffee for a donation to Rainbows!
This year, Rainbows is proud to partner with Chi Epsilon of ESA Sorority, KAKE TV, KEYN Radio, Power 93.5, Chris Cakes of Wichita, Roaster Jo’s, Dunkin Donuts, Docuplex, and Old Chicago to present the 40th Annual Blarney Breakfast!
Read about the families that benefit from TCM!