The 20th Anniversary Benefit Concert to support Malachi House drew more than 350 guests to the Music Box Supper Club for an evening of joyful Irish music.
The Merry Ploughboys, a group of musicians from Dublin, Ireland, who have performed together for more than 30 years, were the featured entertainment. The band owns a pub and restaurant in the Dublin mountains, which has a fully seated venue for 200 at their famous dinner and show. This benefit event marks the 20th year that the Ploughboys have played for the Cleveland audience. One of their most popular songs, “Achill to Cuyahoga,” was inspired by the links between Achill Island in County Mayo, Ireland and Cleveland in Northeast Ohio.
This year’s Malachi House Community Service Award was presented to Mike, Kevin and Sean Joyce for their support and dedication to Malachi House.
Malachi House in Ohio City was co-founded in 1987 by Fr. Paul Hritz and Catherine “Kaki”
O’Neill. Since opening its doors on Sept. 28, 1988, Malachi House has served more than 3,600 residents, providing physical, emotional and spiritual care to those embarking on life’s last journey. Malachi House receives no government support, insurance fees or Medicaid reimbursement to provide around-the-clock attention to its residents. It is supported solely through the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations. The 20th Anniversary Benefit Concert raised about $70,000 to support the Malachi House mission. STORY BY CYNTHIA SCHUSTER EAKIN/PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERIC