There was corned beef and cabbage and an Irish singalong. But behind the party atmosphere, charity was at work.
About 250 people attended a St. Patrick's Day gala Friday, March 18, at the Knights of Columbus in Hagerstown.
The evening event was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, Pangborn Council No. 1365, and benefited Hospice of Washington County.
"As an organization, we wanted to hold a spring event - something everyone could relate to," said Dave Moats, deputy grand knight. "We thought a St. Patrick's Day celebration would be festive; at the same time, we wanted to do something charitable. So we decided to give all of our proceeds from the evening to Hospice."
Moats said the Knights are hoping to make the fund-raiser an annual event.
"We're always excited about helping others," he said. "That's what the Knights of Columbus is all about."
Council member Dick Ford of Hagerstown said the local group had no trouble selling tickets for the event.