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Danny Cassidy Benefit Fund

July 19 (Saturday) 7:00 PM (Free) Harrington’s Bar & Grille 245 Front Street, Downtown San Francisco
Danny Cassidy Benefit Fund
Our friend Danny Cassidy is facing a challenging fight with cancer. As you know, Danny has been a tireless advocate for Irish culture, social justice and learning. In an effort to provide financial assistance during this difficult time, Danny and Clare’s friends are coming together to organize a testimonial and fundraiser event and appeal to the Irish and Irish-American community for help. Please join us.
The day will feature speakers, musicians, a raffle, an auction and door prizes.

Raffle Prizes include:

• First Prize: $1,000 Cash
• Second Prize: $500 Cash
• Third Prize: Roundtrip plane ticket on Southwest Airlines
• Fourth Prize: Dinner for Four (4) at Foley’s Irish House and two nights at the Parc 55 Hotel

Other prizes for raffle and auction include: tickets to the Giants vs. Diamondbacks, gift certificates to local bookstores and merchants, Long Kesh Harp, autographed books by Danny Morrison, $500 tattoo gift certificate, two free tickets to Wilde Irish Productions, and more!

Daniel Cassidy was born in Brooklyn, New York. He has been a merchant seaman, union organizer, professional musician, and award-winning filmmaker. His film “Civil Rights and Civil Wrongs”, about the Struggles of the North of Ireland, was nominated for an Emmy. He is a co-founder of the Crossroads Irish-American Festival and the Irish Studies Program at New College of California, where he taught Irish Studies and Media Studies until the school recently closed.

His new book How The Irish Invented Slang: The Secret Language of the Crossroads, was published by CounterPunch Books in July, 2007. He won the American Book Award for
non-fiction in November 2007.

Danny recently received several job offers from local colleges, but was unable to accept them due to his illness. He also was forced to cancel scheduled readings across the country while he undergoes treatment. Hopefully, if his health improves, he may be able to resume his life’s work of promoting Irish and Irish-American Studies. He is still managing to write a bi-monthly column for the Irish Echo newspaper in NYC called, Slanguage. Log on to:

Unfortunately, due to the closing of New College, Danny’s insurance coverage was terminated and Danny will now require ongoing and costly medical care. Danny and his wife, Clare find themselves in a very difficult financial situation.

Even if you are unable to attend the event, show your support by sending a donation to the address below. Please make checks out to the “Danny Cassidy Benefit Fund” and send to:

Danny Cassidy Benefit Fund
c/o Crossroads Irish-American Festival
P.O. Box 170672
San Francisco, CA 94117-0672

Your support is greatly appreciated.

Friends of Danny & Clare Cassidy