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Society of Irish Women Marks 20th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

SCRANTON, Pa. -- Our area is in large part made up of Irish immigrants, and their descendants held a milestone celebration on St. Patrick's Day.

The Society of Irish Women held its 20th annual dinner Saturday evening at Hilton Scranton and Conference Center.

About 500 people attended the dinner, including Governor Tom Wolf, who spoke to the crowd.

There were several other speakers including the keynote, Mary Lou Quinlan, an author, actor, and advocate for women.

"It's a night when women and men get together and spend time with family and friends and celebrate St. Patrick's Day," said Kathy Wechsler, president of the Society of Irish Women.

Newswatch 16's Sharla McBride served as the Mistress of Ceremonies.

In addition to food and drink, the event also includes speakers, bagpipers, and singers.