OUR EVENTS CALENDAR
Come hang out with the Blarney gals during their pub crawls and check out other upcoming events!
MS. BLARNEY 2024
Who will it be? Sign up to participate as a contestant and attend the Ms. Blarney contest in 2024!
MS. BLARNEY(S) 2023
Michelle LeBarron and Bridget Adams are dual Ms. Blarney Constest winners! Congratulations to both!
Michelle and Bridget are passionate about raising money for children at Camp Needlepoint. Together, they celebrate Irish pride by organizing and attending events for raising over a thousand dollars of donations for children with diabetes.
The MSPDA thanks Michelle and Bridget for all of their hard work as the 2023 Ms. Blarneys!
Ms. Blarney's princesses, who participate in the Ms. Blarney Contest, ride alongside Ms. Blarney in parades and help with fundraising for the MSPDA. Often seen wearing a sash, tiara, and plenty of green to show off their Irish pride.
(From left to right): MacKenzie Flickinger, Darci Wing (previous 2018 Ms. Blarney), Caitlin Searls (2022 Ms. Blarney), LaDonna Von Stoetzel (previous 2021 Ms. Blarney), Taylor Lassi (previous 2019 Ms. Blarney)(Not pictured: Riley Engstrom (previous 2021 Ms. Blarney))
MS. BLARNEY 2022
Caitlin Searls, 2022 Ms. Blarney Contest winner
A Queen from the beginning!
Caitlin has been an integral part of coordinating and organizing events for raising thousands of dollars of donations for the American Diabetes Association. With her background in restaurant and venue management and her customer-facing career, she networks and creates opportunities for the MSPDA! Previously a hardworking princess since 2020, she was MSPDA's top pick for 2022 Ms. Blarney!
We look forward to a great 2022 year with Queen Caitlin leading the way!
MS. BLARNEYS 2021
Riley Engstrom and LaDonna Von Stoetzel, 2020 dual Ms. Blarney Content winners and continuing into the 2021 year!
Double the fun!
Riley and LaDonna are passionate about raising money for children at Camp Needlepoint. Together, they coordinated organizing events for raising over a thousand dollars of donations for children with diabetes.
The MSPDA thanks Riley and LaDonna for all of their hard work as the 2019 Ms. Blarneys!
MS. BLARNEY 2019
Taylor Lassi, 2019 Ms. Blarney Contest winner
Taylor Lassi is a driven, fun-loving, and fearless lassie.
Taylor was the 2019 Ms. Blarney. A Princess in 2018, she has been helping raise money for the American Diabetes Association by organizing fundraising events and reaching out for donations throughout the year. Ms. Blarney visits Camp Needlepoint every year.
The MSPDA thanks Taylor for all of her hard work as the 2019 Ms. Blarney!
MS. BLARNEY 2018
Darci Wing, 2018 Ms. Blarney Contest winner
Darci Wing is a great mother, friend, and leader.
Darci is the 2018 Ms. Blarney. She and her princesses helped raise money for the American Diabetes Association by organizing fundraisers and reaching out for donations.
The MSPDA thanks Darci for all of the fabulous volunteering she has done on behalf of the community!
A rough and tumble group of kindhearted lads who devote their time to assisting Ms. Blarney and her Princesses with whatever they may need, from transportation and escorting to laughing and sharing a pint.
Notable qualities are a positive disposition on life, kilt on at all times, and a mind toward Irish pride and charity.
If you are interested in joining the Blarney Guard, contact MSPDA at firstname.lastname@example.org
Blarney Guard Alex pictured with 2019 Ms. Blarney Taylor Lassi
If you are interested in joining the Blarney Guard, contact CT at email@example.com.
Many thanks to our 2020 MSPDA Honorees for their wonderful representation!
OUR HONOREES, PAST AND PRESENT
Congratulations to our 2019 Honorees, and thanks to our previous Honorees!
Visit Keegan's Irish Pub and see the dedication wall
to our Irish-Amercans of the year.
2019 CELEBRITY GRAND MARSHAL
In addition to be being a long-time reporter and anchor at Fox 9 News, Tim and his family have had a lasting relationship with the ADA's Camp Needlepoint for children affected by diabetes. Camp Needlepoint is one of the charities supported by the Minneapolis St. Patrick's Day Association. Both of Tim's and his wife Susan's daughters were diagnosed with T1D as children. Their oldest daughter, Madison, has attended Camp Needlepoint every summer since she was nine years old. Now in college, Madison returns each year to serve as a counselor to give children the same experience she had as a camper.
Additionally, St. Patrick's Day has a special meaning for Tim and Susan--it's their wedding anniversary. Susan's father traces his heritage back to Sligo. They chose to get married on St. Patrick's Day so they'd always have a big reason to celebrate. Participating in this year's parade will make it extra special.
2018 IRISH-AMERICAN FIREFIGHTER
Thanks for all of your hard work and commitment to the MSPDA, Tony!
2018 IRISH-AMERICAN PEACE OFFICER
Inspector Sullivan started with the Minneapolis Police Department in 1991. Over the past 27 years, he has served in many different and challenging roles and has been promoted to the rank of Inspector.Starting out as a patrol officer, he worked in the 3rd and 5th Precincts as a 911 responder and then as an investigator in the Organized Crime Unit.Promoted to sergeant, he worked as a Patrol Supervisor in the 1st Precinct and then as the MPD Range Master coordinating and developing all firearms training for the department.As a lieutenant he has been assigned as a sector lieutenant serving in the 3rd Precinct, the Supervisory Lieutenant of the Juvenile Division and the MPD Supervisor the FBI Safe Streets Task Force.He has commanded both the 3rd Precinct and 1st Precinct and has recently returned to the 3rd Precinct as the current Inspector. He is a graduate of Saint Mary’s University with a degree in Criminal Justice and is a graduate of both the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command and the Senior Management Institute for Police.
2018 IRISH-AMERICAN BUSINESS WOMAN
Thank you for your representation, Molly!
2018 IRISH-AMERICAN VETERAN
Clemeunt Tranumn Douglass IV, or as we know him, CT, joined the Marine Corps Reserve in 1997 eventually deploying to Al Anbar Province, Iraq in 2006 with the 4th Civil Affairs Group, one of many deployments he participated in throughout his military career. CT earned his MBA at the University of St. Thomas and currently works in Strategic Cyber Security Intelligence at Optum. His wife, Nicole Serie, is a successful realtor in Minneapolis, (if your looking for a realtor, do yourself a favor and call her); their daughter, Iona, was born in April.