The Galway Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International celebrated the sister city relationship between Chicago and Galway at the 18th Annual Oyster Festival of Racing on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at The Turf Club of Hawthorne Race Course. A buffet featuring oysters accompanied by thoroughbred horse racing, live Irish music, a silent auction and raffle prizes comprised the celebration. Over 200 guests were in attendance, including Consul General Orla Mc Breen of Ireland.
The Galway Committee expresses their gratitude to everyone who supported this year’s event through donations, table sponsorships, ticket sales, raffle and silent auction donations, and purchasing raffle tickets. Proceeds go to support the Galway committee’s cultural and educational exchanges.
The 2015 Oyster Festival of Racing was dedicated in memory of one of the Galway Committee’s best friends and strongest supporters, Frank McMahon, who strongly believed in the importance of the sister city relationship between Chicago and Galway and loved the races.