St. Patrick’s Day events bring Topeka community together for fundraisers

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It was a busy day for people in Topeka, as the city went green for charity and St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

From breakfast to races, all of these events brought the city together, to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day while giving back.

The day started with breakfast, with a buffet of eggs, biscuits and pancakes at the Blind Tiger. All to raise money for the Easterseals Capper Foundation, through the Blarney Breakfast.

“It’s to support all the wonderful things they do with the kids,” Joe Sellens, who attended the Blarney Breakfast, said. “And it’s a great cause. It’s worth getting up early for.”

Then people headed to Downtown Topeka for the 40th annual Irish Fest and 5K run. The yearly festival makes money for the Mater Di Church. But this year, the church said they aren’t the only ones benefiting from this fundraiser.

“With everything that’s been happening downtown, people really are on that momentum,” said Jenn Emmert from Mater Di. “And I think this has just been one little test, maybe, that people have gone, ‘we can do this. This will work.'”

Once the 5K run wrapped up, another race began. This one, requiring eight legs, and a lot of team work. The 11th Great Topeka Bed Race brought Topeka companies and beds downtown. Not only to race for fun, but to fundraise for the Housing and Credit Counseling Inc.

“Any organization can actually get a lot out of just coming together,” Jeanna Riggs, who participated in the Great Topeka Bed Race. “Diverse, different likes and taste, and everybody works together. And it’s all one common goal.”

While people had fun with their beds, running, and eating a good breakfast, they are reminded they gave back this St. Patrick’s Day.

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