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Bumps this year’s venue for St. Patrick’s Day dinner

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Longtime Aspenites John Keleher, left, and John Callahan take time to chat while working their volunteer duties in the dinner hall at St. Mary's Catholic Church on March 17, 2006.

St. Mary Catholic Church will hold its 132nd annual St. Patrick's Day fundraising dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. March 17 at Bumps restaurant at the base of Buttermilk ski area.

The church originally had canceled the dinner because of a renovation project, but Aspen Skiing Co., owner of Bumps, offered its venue for the event.

"We are grateful to Aspen Skiing Co. for making this year's St. Patrick's Day Dinner possible by generously offering the use of Bumps restaurant," the church said in a statement issued Monday.

The St. Patrick's Day dinner is Aspen's longest continuously run charity event. The first dinner was held in 1887 to help raise $21,000 to build the current church structure.

The goal of this month's event is to raise funds for the St. Patrick's Charity Assistance Fund. The proceeds are distributed to those in need throughout the Roaring Fork Valley regardless of the recipient's faith. St. Mary's Parish and the Western Slope Catholic Charities work together to provide family advocacy, food, housing, utilities, transportation, thrift store vouchers and prescription, medical and dental care to those in need.

The dinner menu will include roast beef and pork loin, homemade mashed potatoes, fresh cole slaw, green beans and desserts served with ice cream. Many items are prepared by local restaurants.

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The event also will include live Irish music from The Crowlin' Ferlies. Beer, wine and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

There is not a fixed price for the dinner but donations made out to the "St. Patrick's Charity Assistance Fund" will be accepted. Donations also can be made through http://www.stmaryaspen.org.