SUPPORTING THE GREATER COMMUNITY

As the largest Irish-American organization in San Diego County, the Friendly Sons recognize our special obligation to support the greater Irish-American community. If not us, then who?

We partner with organizations (see “Irish Community” tab) that foster Traditional and Modern Irish Performance Arts, Traditional Irish Arts & Crafts, Irish Language (Gaelic) outreach, Traditional Irish Athletic and Cultural events, Irish Cuisine or assist new immigrants and J-1 visa students. If it’s “Irish” in San Diego, the Sons are all-in!

Our goal is to tell the story of the Irish immigrant experience from when we were shipped here as the first slaves in America, and later, arriving en masse as refugees from “The Great Hunger” (aka, “The Potato Famine”), to our ascension to the Oval Office in the personages of John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan.

Our immigrant story must be told to successive generations of Irish-Americans, to not only instill in them the pride of their heritage, but to have them realize that we, the Irish, were once the topic of both great suspicion and derision that so many innocent refugees face today. We hope our story will help us remove walls and to build bridges to other ethnic communities here in San Diego County.As we tell our history, we hope more Americans will come to see that we need not necessarily ‘fear the stranger’. After all, the once-feared, Roman Catholic Irish are now fit to be President of the United States! That fact is the beauty of America that must be told.

DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS


We have found that our donors prefer to direct their generosity and so we have created an easy way to do so on-line.
Just follow the link ‘pin’ to donate via PAYPAL (a trusted and secure provider of Internet financial services) and the funds will be earmarked for that area of development.


FOUNDERS FUND

If you would like your donation to underwrite the cost of running the Club and our many events, please click on the link ‘pin’ at left to do so. Each donation of at least $100 will receive this special lapel pin to identify you as a donor to this cause and will serve as a token of our appreciation for your generosity.



MARCH WIT’ US

The Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade that we march in costs upwards of $150,000 each year to put on. As the largest single donor to this quintessential Irish-American event each year the Sons are critical to both its success and sustainment. If you really enjoy marching in formation with the Club each year then please consider a donation by clicking on the link ‘pin’ to the left. Each donation of at least $100 will receive this special lapel pin to identify you as a donor to this cause and will serve as a token of our appreciation for your generosity.




USD ENDOWMENT

“The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of San Diego County Memorial Scholarship” is now established at USD. The University will use the proceeds from the Endowment to fund a Summer session at Trinity College in Dublin, or another Irish University, for a deserving student based on academic excellence, financial need, preference for the child of a Friendly Son, preference a US Veteran, preference for an Irish-studies major and preference for lineal Irish descent. If you would like to honor the memory of a Friendly Son and help some deserving young scholar in the process, then please click on the ‘pin’ at left to do so. Each donation of at least $500 will receive this special lapel pin to identify you as a donor to this cause and will serve as a token of our appreciation for your generosity.




LEGACY FUND

The legendary Irish melancholy caused Irish poets, like Keats, Yeats, Heaney and the rest, to talk of death seemingly all the time, but we’d rather not. Still, it is a sad fact of life that each of us has an appointed time to step to the next room and join the ‘Choir Invisible”. If you are so inclined, we ask that you consider the Friendly Sons in your Estate Plans. Your gift and that of your cohort has the potential to make us financially secure as time passes over the next few decades. Each commitment of at least $5,000 will receive this special lapel pin to identify you as a donor to this cause and will serve as a token of our appreciation for your generosity.

If you would prefer to donate by check, please make it payable to, “FSOSP” and mail it to:
FSOSP
P.O. Box 1595
Valley Center, CA 92082

Please write the name of the fund that you wish to commit the donation to in the Memo line.

Remember, the Sons are now a 501-c-3 charity and we can issue documentation for tax purposes for all donations.

Each donor to each fund will be recognized in the program for the Annual Black Tie Dinner; or if you prefer, you may name your donation to someone’s memory or even remain anonymous.

IN MEMORIUM

We proudly recognize our fellow Sons who have been memorialized by a generous donation to our various development programs.

COL. JACK KELLY, USMC-RET.

USD Endowment Fund