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The Minneapolis St. Patrick's Day Association, or MSPDA, was founded in 1969 by Sean and Judith Clerkin. With their active participation in the community and desire to celebrate Minnesota's Irish-American heritage, the Clerkins decided to begin a tradition of supporting the diabetic community by donating to the American Diabetes Association, raising money through St. Patrick's Day parade events and contests.
Besides donating 100% of proceedings to the American Diabetes Association, MSPDA raises money for Camp Needlepoint, a summer camp for children living with diabetes. Members of the MSPDA community, from Ms. Blarney to friends of the association, sell buttons and paper shamrocks to raise funds for the children at camp.
Promotion of MSPDA is done through various parade events and contests. These include:
- The Blarney Princess contest
- The Wee Leprechauns contest
- Nomination of the Kilt Bohys
- Honoring Irish-American community members
- Paper Shamrocks with friends of MSPDA
- Selling of MSPDA Buttons
2022 BUTTONThis year, we thought we would dedicate our button design to starting again after these past two years of pandemic. Although these past two years have felt much the same as the last, we hope we can find a creative and safe way to continue supporting the American Diabetes Association through fundraising and fun events for friends and family of MSPDA.
COMMEMORATIVE BUTTONSThe first St. Patrick's Day Association button was created in 1970 to promote Irish heritage and raise money for The American Diabetes Association. For $5.00, you can buy our yearly button and bead design to help raise money for Camp Needlepoint. See our collection of button designs from 2009-2023 below!
2021 BUTTONThis year, we thought we would dedicate our button design to reflect on a missed year of celebrating St. Patrick's Day with the community, so the design has stayed mainly the same with an exception the orange 1 replacing the 0 in 2020. Although this year is feeling much the same as last, we hope we can find a creative and safe way to continue supporting the American Diabetes Association through fundraising.