2013 Oyster Festival of Racing
The Galway Committee of CSCI celebrates the sister city relationship between Chicago and Galway, Ireland with the 16th Annual Oyster Festival of Racing. Chicago’s own Oyster Festival of Racing pays tribute to two of Ireland’s most popular annual events, the Galway Races and the Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival, by bringing together enticing food and exciting horse racing in one day of Irish jubilation.
The 2013 Oyster Festival of Racing takes place on Saturday, November 9, 2013 from 1–6:30 p.m. (brunch begins at 1:30 p.m.; racing begins at 2:10 p.m.) at The Turf Club of Hawthorne Race Course.
Tickets are $75 per person or $750 per table. A buffet featuring oysters accompanied by thoroughbred horse racing, live Irish music, a silent auction and raffle prizes constitute the celebration.
Raffle tickets are available for $20 for a chance to win a trip for two to Ireland, Chicago sports packages, downtown hotel getaways, dining gift certificates and many more prizes. The Grand Prize Ireland Vacation Package for Two includes airfare for two; a two night stay in Galway City; a two night stay in Cork; and a one night stay at Ashford Castle, a luxury hotel in a 13th century castle in County Mayo. Prize winners need not be present to win.
Proceeds raised help to fund the Galway Committee’s educational and cultural initiatives, including the committee’s premier sponsorship of the Circle of Life garden being built in Galway, Ireland. Circle of Life, the first national garden of its kind, will commemorate and give thanks for the lives and generosity of spirit of all organ and tissue donors. It will also play an important role in the ongoing promotion of the importance of organ donation and transplantation. The idea originated from Galway’s gift of the statue Grainne to the City of Chicago in 2007.
The 2013 Oyster Festival of Racing is 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.