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Posted on: January 29, 2020

Media Advisory: Check Presentation for Australia Bushfires Fundraiser

Office of Mayor Gavin Buckley
City of Annapolis
160 Duke of Gloucester Street
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Media Contact: Mitchelle Stephenson, 410-972-7724,


Check Presentation for Australia Bushfires Fundraiser

WHO:          Annapolis Acting Mayor Rhonda Pindell-Charles, Neal Katcef of Katcef Brothers, Inc., Joel Beasley, Anheuser-Busch and Keith McGrory of Fado Irish Pub in Annapoils

WHAT:        Check presentation for $13,496 raised for Australian Red Cross and WIRES, a wildlife charity organization


WHERE:      Fado Irish Pub, 1 Park Place #7, Annapolis MD


WHEN:        Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 3:30 p.m.

WHY:           On Saturday, January 25, 2020, Fado Irish Pub and Katcef Brothers organized an “Australia Day” benefit for the human and wildlife victims of the Australian Bushfires. Two charities were selected to receive funds raised at the event: the Australian Red Cross and WIRES, an Australian wildlife charity. The event was held at Fado Irish Pub in Annapolis and Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley, a native of Perth, Australia, was enlisted to attend and present live and silent auctions. Mayor Buckley enlisted the help of “Roos2You,” a kangaroo and wallaby rescue located in Germantown Maryland to volunteer to bring a baby wallaby to the event.

                      A variety of businesses and organizations donated prizes for the silent auction. Bands donated their time to entertain, including Dublin 5, Mac & Blue, Long Time Coming and East is East. The public was notified and, at $5 a head, turned out en masse.

The funds raised for the event reached a total of $13,496.

                      Join acting Mayor Rhonda Pindell Charles (Mayor Buckley had to attend to a family emergency back in Perth and is out of the country), Neal Katcef and Keith McGrory for a check presentation in front of Fado Irish Pub in Annapolis at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 30.

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