St. Patty’s celebration planned

Published 12:00 am Sunday, March 14, 2004

Whether you’ve ever kissed the Blarney Stone or not, everybody’s Irish this Wednesday night at the Tally Ho Restaurant.

Owner Bob Kelly and his staff bring a little taste of Dublin to Selma ever spring as they celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the community while raising money for charity.

“This is our 22nd year of St. Patrick’s day celebration,” Kelly said. “Back when we started I realized nobody in Selma celebrated St Patrick’s Day and being a Kelly my family always celebrated.”

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With the help of his staff and local business, Kelly and the Tally Ho makes the day one to remember for a local charity.

“Over the years I expanded to other groups,” Kelly said.

“I guess I must have touched base with everyone of them in town. It’s something that I enjoy doing. You give back to the community that takes care of you and this is one of the ways we do it.”

The charity this year is the YMCA. In fact, to help them get in the St. Paddy’s spirit, Kelly plans to let some of the kids come out and help finish decorating the restaurant for Wednesday night’s big celebration.

Two years ago, the program won the Tally Ho a Good Neighbor award, given to two restaurants per state per year.

To help raise money local merchants have donated door prizes and some bigger prizes that will be auctioned off as the night goes along.

That combined with the profits from the food sales the restaurant donates usually means a $1,000-to-$2,000 gift for the charity.

Whether you’re from the Emerald Isle or not, that’s a lot of green.

“I can’t tell you how many thousands of dollars we’ve dontated over the years,” Kelly said.

When the guests arrive they are treated to a restaurant full of decorations, appropriate music and good food.

The staff wear green hats, shamrocks and trade in their southern accent for an Irish brogue, or at least a decent attempt at one.

Local charities like The March of Dimes, Habitat for Humanity, The Red Cross and Selma Rotary Club have been the featured charities through the years.

The party will take place on Wednesday, March 17.

The restaurant will be open to the public from 5 to 10

p.m. for dinner.

Reservations are requested, but not necessary.

Call 334-872-1390 to reserve a table.

Groups of friends, family and working associates are encouraged to come and have a great meal for a great cause.

“It’s a good excuse to have a party and you’re doing good things for people,” Kelly said.

“People look forward to it.”