March 13: Yorks to be honored at 19th Annual Blarney Breakfast

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MANCHESTER, NH — Don and Gail York will be honored at the 19th annual Bob Baines’ Blarney Breakfast, hosted by former Manchester Mayor Bob Baines,  on Wednesday, March 13 from 7– 9 a.m. at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Manchester, with music, a live auction, great food and endless fun.

Bob Baines

The annual event  benefits Special Olympics New Hampshire, the American Red Cross and the Shirley Brulotte Fund, which was established in memory of Bob’s sister Shirley.  The fund assists refugees with their transition to America and Manchester and is administered by the International Institute of New England. Some of the proceeds from the event will also go the Palace Theatre and other local organizations through the Bob Baines Blarney Breakfast Community Service Fund.

The Yorks will be presented with the Shirley Brulotte Community Service Award for their lifetime of dedication to our community. According to former Mayor Baines, “I have known the entire York family for many years, from my time when their sons attended West High School and during my time as mayor and beyond. For over 40 years, they consistently sought ways to support the community without any public recognition. It is time for our community to say thank you with this prestigious award.”  

Don and Gail, until their recent retirement, owned and operated Indian Head Athletics in Manchester. They are well known and appreciated for their support of numerous Little League teams, Pop Warner programs, the Police Athletic League and numerous other youth organizations. They also serve on the boards and volunteer for many not-for-profit organizations.

Featured performers: The Willoughby Brothers direct from Coolboy, County Wicklow, Ireland. They have toured extensively in the United Kingdom and America. This will be their first New Hampshire performance. Their debut album,“The Promise” features the hit song, “Where the Blarney Roses Go.”

Bob Baines will be joined by Mayor Joyce Craig, the “Mayor of Spruce Street,” Stan Spirou and Steve Singer the co-chair of this event.

Over the past 19 years, the annual Bob Baines Blarney Breakfast has raised over $1 million to benefit the charities. The lead sponsor this year is The Harbor Group, Wealth Management and Financial Planning, in Bedford.

For ticket and sponsorship information, please email Donna Talbot  at