Irish ‘Leprechaun’ plays sweet music for Trevor’s Gift

Did you hear a lilting Irish tune in a bank, bar or business on St. Patrick’s Day?For years, Mike Bowen, retired contractor and past state American Legion Commander, has brightened Seneca Falls and Waterloo on St. Patrick’s Day by playing his accordion at selected locations in each village. Appreciative listeners make cash donations, which Bowen shares with several non-profit agencies. This year, Bowen’s wife, Patty, a substitute driver for Trevor’s Gift, suggested he add that charity to his list.So on Thursday, Bowen stopped by to present Trevor’s Gift co-chair Kaaren Gerlach with a check to feed a child for a whole year, plus two more children for a month.”It was like finding a pot of gold,” said Gerlach. “We are so grateful to Mike and Patty for their generosity and for thinking of our kids.”Trevor’s Gift relies on the contributions of individuals, businesses and organizations to support its $30,000 annual budget. It receives no government funding. All money donated is used to buy food for nutritionally needy children in Waterloo. All expenses are donated by the volunteers who pack and deliver the food.Tax deductible donations to Trevor’s Gift can be sent to Trevor’s Gift, c/o Waterloo Education Foundation, Main St. Shop Center, Waterloo 13165. Find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TrevorsGift

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