10th Annual Eastchester St. Patrick's Day Parade Set for March 16

The Grand Marshals for the parade will be Tom Huvane and Jim Hendry, and Fr. Eric Raaser has been selected as Parade Honoree.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
The following announcement is from the Eastchester Irish American Social Club:

The Eastchester Irish American Social Club (EIASC) is proud to sponsor Eastchester’s 10th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday March 16, 2014. This celebration has become a tradition and a source of pride and enjoyment for Eastchester and its surrounding area residents.  The EIASC is delighted to announce that, on this historic anniversary, our Grand Marshals will be Tom Huvane and Jim Hendry.  Fr. Eric Raaser has been selected as Parade Honoree.


As a Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of the Eastchester St. Patrick’s Parade, Huvane has guided this extraordinary event since its inception.  Raised in Woodlawn in the Bronx, Tom and his family moved to Eastchester in 1997 and joined the EIASC in 1999.  A Senior Vice President with UBS, Tom was recently named to the “Wall Street Top 50” by Irish America Magazine.  A graduate of Fordham Prep and Fordham University, Tom is an active supporter of the Irish Arts Center in Manhattan and the N.Y. Irish Center in Queens.  For his aides, he has chosen his wife of eighteen years, Bernadette Enright Huvane along with his son, Thomas, and daughter, Jackie.

Hendry, Co-Founder and past Co-Chairman of the parade, is a former NYC Transit and NYPD Officer and currently a Nassau County Homicide detective.  A resident of Eastchester since 1993, Jim has been active both civically and politically for the betterment of the community. He has coached numerous sports teams, served on the traffic advisory board and was Vice President of the EIASC for six years.  Together with his wife, Anne Sullivan Hendry, Jim started the Hendry School of Irish Dance in Eastchester.  With Anne being the Grand Marshal of the 2012 parade, he is proud to note that they are only the second couple to both serve as Grand Marshal. Jim has chosen Joe Dooley, John Phelan, Steve Doherty and his son Dan Hendry as his aides.


Fr. Eric Raaser was born in Newark, NJ to Frederick and Clare (nee McGowan) Raaser and has roots in Counties Roscommon and Sligo.  He attended St. Pius X College Seminary and St. Joseph's Seminary in Dunwoody and was ordained a priest in 1985 by John Cardinal O'Connor.  Fr. Raaser has served numerous seminaries, schools and churches throughout the Bronx and became pastor of the Churches of Immaculate Conception & Assumption in 2005.  


Past President Steve Doherty states, “Jim Hendry, together with Tom Huvane, started a new tradition that has now reached its tenth year, and we are all extremely grateful."  An official sash presentation to the Grand Marshals and Honoree will take place at 7:30pm on Saturday, February 8th at JC Fogarty's in Bronxville, NY


The 2014 parade will step off at 3:00pm beginning at Immaculate Conception Church in Tuckahoe and march north on Rte 22 to the Lake Isle Country Club. The parade incorporates local schools and organizations and will feature ten pipe bands, seven brass marching bands and numerous other groups, including the Police and Fire Departments, with both veteran and active military and antique cars.


The Eastchester Irish American Social Club is a nonprofit organization founded in 1966 consisting of members from Eastchester, Tuckahoe, Bronxville and Crestwood. For more information, please visit our web site at www.eastchesterirish.org or join us on Facebook


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