Robert (“Bob”) Shanley, Executive Chairman of the Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee and its 1982 Grand Marshal, will be the featured honoree on January 19 at a “friendly” winter roast.
The event, hosted by O’Tooles Irish Pub, 157 Orange Street, begins at 7 pm, and will include a buffet and pig roast along with entertainment by the Jolly Beggars. Tickets are $25 and all proceeds will benefit the 2013 St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Purchase tickets at O’Tooles, the Knights of St. Patrick at 1533 State Street, New Haven, or by contacting Patrick Smith at 203-494-0640 or Kevin A. Smith at 203-535-3694.
Shanley, a popular figure in many organizations as well as the Irish community, is very active in his hometown of Orange, where he has resided since 1972. After attending Hamden High School, he graduated from Quinnipiac University. He married the former Donna Montano and they have two grown children (P.J. and Erin) and two granddaughters. He has been on the Democratic Town Committee for 27 years, Chairman of the Town Board of Police Commissioners for 10 years and currently is in the elected position of Constable for the Town of Orange. Shanley is the former Vice President of the Police Commissioners Association of Connecticut.
His many activities over the years have included President of the Professional Insurance Agents of Connecticut; and as a National Director for the last 6 years. He served as President of the Knights of St. Patrick; President of the Irish Immigration Reform Movement, New Haven Chapter
and served on its National Executive Committee providing over 48,000 Irish immigrants in a three year period to legally enter this country via the Morrison Visa Program, many settling in the New Haven area. His current affiliations include the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the West Haven Irish American Club, the Knights of St. Patrick, American Legion Post #88 (Hamden), and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.
To purchase tickets by Credit Card and PayPal, visit www.stpatricksdayparade.org