St. Pat’s in Five Points Celebrates 42nd Season with Record-Breaking Donations to Local Charities

St. Pat’s in Five Points marked its 42nd season by honoring 40 Midlands-area charities and nonprofit organizations during its annual charitable check presentation on May 14 at Andy’s Deli, located at 2005 Greene Street in Columbia.

“Not only does this festival bring our community together, but being able to donate to so many deserving charities every year is truly something special,” said Heather McDonald, executive director of the Five Points Association. “It is an honor to have donated more than $1.2 million over the festival’s history, with this year being our largest donation amount to date, and we could not be happier.”

The event highlights St. Pat’s in Five Points’ dedication to giving back to the Midlands community, which has been its strongest supporter. Throughout its 42-year history, the Five Points Association has donated over $1.2 million. This year’s donation, the largest to date, amounted to $67,100 and benefited 40 local charitable organizations, including:

  • 911 Remembrance Foundation of South Carolina
  • Ancient Order of Hibernians
  • American Heart Association
  • Beta Sigma Phi – Alpha Chapter
  • Boy Scout Troop 330
  • Carolina 4 All
  • City Year Columbia
  • Columbia Bombshells
  • Columbia Roller Derby
  • COR
  • Columbia Police Citizens Academy
  • Connick School of Irish Dance
  • AC Flora Disc Golf
  • Dreher Band Booster Club
  • Girl Scout Troop 3375
  • Junior Woman’s Club of Columbia
  • Keep the Midlands Beautiful
  • Military Vehicle Collectors Association
  • Martin Luther King Neighborhood Association
  • MVCA
  • Rainy Day Fund
  • Richland County Regulators Derby Team
  • Richland Library
  • Richland County Rhinos
  • South Carolina Starlings
  • Talented Tenth
  • The Arc of the Midlands
  • Transgender Awareness Alliance
  • Westminster Presbyterian
  • Wheeler Hill Neighborhood Association
  • Carolina Wildlife Center
  • Junior League of Columbia
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Kappa Delta
  • Gamecock Swimming
  • Carolina Scorpions Women’s Tackle Football Team
  • South Carolina Pride Movement
  • Leiloni Khai
  • University of South Carolina Student Veterans Association
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars 11079

“Thank you to everyone involved in this year’s St. Pat’s in Five Points. Our 42nd year proved to be one of our most engaging and memorable experiences and would not have been possible without our many volunteers, valued sponsors, community partners, committee members, and attendees,” McDonald added. “We are so grateful we can share this community event with so many and look forward to making more memories in 2025.”

This year’s festival welcomed more than 32,000 attendees and introduced several new attractions, including The Saint mocktail lounge, Paddy’s Mini-Ramp Jam, and WaterMonster hydration stations. The relocation of the Pot O’ Gold Playland to Andy’s Deli and the sold-out Lucky Leprechaun VIP area were also crowd favorites.

Additionally, 2,237 participants from 14 states, ranging in ages from under 18 to over 65 years old, took part in this year’s Get to the Green race.

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