The Irish Pub Children's Foundation (IPCF), Inc. is a Tri- State based charity dedicated to helping children in need throughout the region. As a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the IPCF has worked with a number of local charities benefiting countless number of children. With a history spanning over two decades, the IPCF continues its mission to improve the lives of children in the Tri-State area.
The Irish Pub Tour de Shore is the flagship event of the IPCF. This past year we celebrated our 25th anniversary and raised $537,000! The IPCF has also recently adopted the Gathering of Heroes fundraising event.
The Irish Pub Tour de Shore was created in 1987 when Cathy Burke and Mark O'Connor, owners of the Irish Pub, were looking for ways to give back to the community and bridge the gap between the Irish Pubs in Philadelphia and Atlantic City.
The event has grown from 20 riders or so our first year to just over 1,650 riders this past July. Needless to say, what was once a casual ride for 20, has become a staple in the Philadelphia community every summer. To better direct and manage the funds raised, the partners of the Irish Pub restaurants created the Irish Pub Children's Foundation. The IPCF staff, with advice and direction from the Board of Directors, is responsible for all aspects of planning, organizing and conducting the ride. It is the board, volunteers and the community that we serve who are responsible for the success and longevity of our ride.
We are very proud to say that we have raised a total of $2.8 million and we net over 80% of all funds we raise- putting us in the top tier of all non-profit organizations in the country.
Throughout our 25-year history, the IPCF has given back to many different organizations including the MS Society, the Variety Club and Project H.O.M.E (a homeless outreach organization). For the past 5 years we have found a real synergy supporting our local law enforcement community. In that time the Greater Philadelphia and South Jersey community has had 15 officers killed in the line of duty, most leaving spouses and children behind.
We provide an immediate grant of $5,000 directly to the families and follow up with continued support through the organizations that exist to support these families such as Philadelphia Police Survivors Fund, Police Athletic League (both Philadelphia and Atlantic City) and the Daniel Faulkner Educational Grant Fund.
It is our honor to give back to our community and support the children of our fallen heroes.
Last year we were able to donate to 14 local charities. To view a full list of our 2012 beneficiaries please click here.
Four years ago the IPCF began hosting the Gathering of Heroes fundraising event. This is a celebrity guest bartending event at the Irish Pub to raise money for the Marine Corps- Law Enforcement Foundation (MC-LEF), a non-profit organization that gives scholarships to children of military or law enforcement personal whom have given their lives while serving the citizens of the United States of America.
During the event we have active and retired military men and women, local government officials and 4 Medal of Honor Recipients that guest bartend.
This past year we were able to gross and also net $45,000 in one night for MC-LEF. Some of this money went directly toward scholarships for the children of one of the local police officers (also a retired marine) who was killed in the line of duty this past year in a suburb of Philadelphia.