Chef Robert Irvine Celebrates ‘Spirit Of Lansdale’ Day
A veritable who’s-who of prominent local officials and influencers arrived to Boardroom Spirits on Saturday afternoon, taking in the sights and sounds of the Spirit of Lansdale Day Fundraiser featuring celebrity chef Robert Irvine.
WMMR’s Preston Elliot was joined at the event by state Rep. Steve Malagari, Lansdale Borough Mayor Garry Herbert, Lansdale Borough Police Chief Michael Trail, Magisterial District Judge Ed Levine and others in celebrating the day and the cause. Boardroom owner Marat Mamedov, Malagari, Herbert and Trail took turns speaking to the 200-person crowd, thanking them for their generosity and challenging them to continue to support veterans and military personnel, as well as their neighbors and strangers.
Chief Trail even provided Irvine with a Lansdale Police Department challenge coin, as well as a LPD patch.
Boardroom announced that not only had they sold out tickets to the fundraiser, but there was also a waiting list of eager fans hoping to make their way in. The event also featured live music from the Mas Tequila Orchestra, food provided by Irvine and Fry’s Catering, special cocktails for the event, raffles and more.
Irvine was active throughout the event, walking around the space, taking tours, posing for photos and engaging guests in conversation. Prior to the fame garnered from his culinary prowess, Irvine was with the United Kingdom’s Royal Marines, where he served as a member of their Special Boat Service special forces group. Irvine has since created the Robert Irvine Foundation, which supports individuals and organizations committed to enriching the lives of our military personnel (active, retired and veterans) and their families.
During his speech, Irvine addressed the ongoing needs of veterans and military personnel, and at one point, asked for a show of hands of people who have served in the military. One by one, each veteran yelled out their branch of service, and Irvine then bought them all a round of drinks.
Irvine concluded his speech by challenging everyone in attendance to be better to their fellow man, then returned to posing for photos and engaging in conversation.
Total amounts raised have not been released by Boardroom Spirits at this time, but all proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Robert Irvine Foundation, as well as 20-percent of sales during the event, along with a matching contribution from Boardroom Spirits.
Photos Courtesy: Bob Kelly / North Penn Now