St. Patrick's Day to be celebrated with fun, fundraising

Klinger's breakfast buffets to benefit CHOP, Diddy

LOWER ALSACE TWP., Pa. - One tradition of celebrating St. Patrick's Day will be getting underway as the sun rises on Saturday.

Klinger's on Carsonia in Lower Alsace Township and Klinger's at the Airport in Bern Township will be serving up free breakfast from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m.

In return, customers will be asked to make a donation. At Carsonia, the proceeds will benefit Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; at the airport, the money will help the Hillside SPCA cover Diddy the dog's medical expenses.

Diddy, a 10-year-old German shepherd, remains on the mend after being shot in the face in Pottsville on February 24. An event at Klinger's at the Airport earlier this month raised $2,000 to help Hillside pay for his $6,400 in medical bills.

The Klinger family's longstanding relationship with CHOP stems from the two years of treatment Nicholas Klinger received before he lost his battle with cancer at the age of 5.

The St. Patrick's Day fun will continue at both locations long after breakfast is served, with live bagpipe music at Carsonia from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. and at the airport from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Live music will continue at 9 p.m., with performances by Lush Button at Carsonia and Middle Class at the airport.

Blankets of Hope will also be selling raffle tickets at both locations, with proceeds being used to donate blankets to the children at CHOP.

The St. Patrick's Day festivities at Carsonia will coincide with the restaurant and pub's eighth anniversary celebration, which will take place all weekend, starting Friday.

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