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|Enoch's prepares for annual St. Patrick's Day celebration|
Each St. Patrick's Day for almost three decades, Doyle Jeter has opened the doors his pub and café with one rule.
"We will not open on St. Patrick's Day without raising money for charity," said Jeter. "We won't do it, period."
This St. Patrick's Day will be no different, said Jeter, the owner of Enoch's Pub and Café on Louisville Avenue in Monroe.
For the last five years, Enoch's St. Patrick's Day celebration was held for the benefit of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, a Catholic charity devoted to providing medicine to the elderly and needy.
Though operated by the Catholic Church, the society's beneficiaries are non-denominational.
Also, Jeter noted the society negotiates directly with pharmaceutical companies and doctors to receive the best prices on the medicines they distribute. The effect is St. Vincent de Paul is able to purchase some $100,000 worth of medicine for about $10,000.
"Over the past five years we've been doing this for the St. Vincent de Paul Society, more than $20,000 has been raised," Jeter said.
He smiled, adding that meant the people who support the Enoch's St. Patrick's Day feast have contributed $200,000 in medicines to the local community.
Jeter is quick to downplay any attempts to give him the credit.
"We're just honored to be allowed to do this for the St. Vincent de Paul society," Jeter said.
The St. Vincent de Paul Society is well-known worldwide as a premier charitable organization. Founded in 1833, St. Vincent de Paul just celebrated its 175th anniversary.
Locally, Jeter credited "Vincentian" Jo Anne Crone with helping make the annual Enoch's benefit a reality.
"She is our local saint," Jeter said.
What should one expect at the Enoch's St. Patrick's Day feast?
Jeter said people who are looking for great fun, great food and great music should attend. He said be mindful that there is a purpose: helping those in need.
To that end, Jeter said the focus of the day will be on selling raffle tickets -- the primary fund raiser at the event.
This year, prizes will include tee shirts, a mirror from Guinness Beer in Ireland and a $200 bottle of Middleton's Irish Whiskey.
The various prizes were donated by the Glazer Company, Republic Beverage, Choice Brands, Marsala Beverage and many other community organizations.
Additionally, this year's Grand Marshall will be Waigne Cryer.
Jeter said a grand marshal is chosen each year by the members of a secret fraternal organization, the Sons of Jameson. The grand marshal is honored by the society for "helping those in need throughout the year, and volunteering in all things Celtic."
Jeter said Cryer exemplifies everything the St. Patrick's Day feast is about.
"Waigne is an important volunteer with the Northeast Louisiana Celtic Festival and is a co-founder of the Northeast Louisiana Celtic Society," Jeter said. "He's always there when help is needed."
The 29th Annual Enoch's St. Patrick's Day Benefit will begin at 3 p.m. and continue until close, sometime around 2 a.m. For more information, contact Doyle Jeter at Enoch's Irish Pub and Café.