FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 10, 2014
CONTACT: Peter Van Delft
Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins recently attended a St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the Knights of Columbus in Charlestown.
The celebration, which was also a roast, was sponsored by Senator Sal DiDomenico and held to benefit the Senator’s newly created foundation that will award scholarships to high school seniors living within his district, which includes Charlestown, Beacon Hill, Allston–Brighton, Chelsea, Everett and a portion part of Cambridge.
The event was filled with Irish music and songs, some of which were led by politicians, in addition to Irish dance performances, humorous videos, comical speeches and lots of laughs.
A virtual “who’s who” of politicians and community members were present including but not limited to: U.S. Senator Ed Markey, Congressman Mike Capuano, State Treasurer Steve Grossman, Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, Senator Will Brownsberger, newly elected Representative Dan Ryan, Boston City Councilors Michelle Wu and Tito Jackson, Chelsea City Councilor Leo Robinson, and countless others. U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren sent a video apologizing for her absence, as did Governor Deval Patrick, who added a great deal of humor with his video.
Sheriff Tompkins addressed the packed room, offering a few jokes in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day.
“I want to congratulate Dan Ryan for his big win on Tuesday,” he said, looking in the newly elected State Rep’s direction. “I would like to think my endorsement got you those six Chelsea votes.”
After telling a few more jokes and causing a great deal of laughter, Sheriff Tompkins wrapped up his speech by expressing his gratitude to the audience.
“Thank you so much for having me,” Sheriff Tompkins said. “May your glass be ever full, may the roof over your head always be strong and may you be in heaven a half an hour before the devil knows you’re there.”