A fund raiser organised by the Keith Harkin Street Team has been an overwhelming success after more than doubling its target.
The team had hoped to raise $2,800 to mark the Celtic Thunder star Keith Harkin’s 28th birthday. The final total was $6,600. The money will be donated to the Horatio Alger Scholars scheme which is a charity close to Harkin’s heart.
The scheme provides scholarships to students who have faced adversity. Harkin attended one of their courses last year and was moved by what he saw.
The fundraising campaign ended on Harkin’s birthday (10th June) and the team are delighted with the success.
Roxie Rycher of the Keith Harkin Street Team told Irish Music Daily:
“We smashed through goal after goal and raised a whopping $6,600 for the Horatio Alger Scholars in Keith’s name. I (we) really appreciate Irish Music Daily’s help in getting the word out to a wider audience, surely because of it we garnered more donations. We’re very grateful.
“Glenn Stearns who is on the board of directors of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, not only donated money to our effort, he also cheered us on along the way. One comment on Twitter being, “@KeithHarkinTeam you’re a generous and unselfish team. Using your global community outreach inspires others to give back. Outstanding job!” And Keith had this to say when he learned of our total, “This is unreal. THANK YOU!!!” We couldn’t be more humbled, amazed and pleased with the outcome. The “Harkin Army” really delivered with their support.”