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Mt. Kisco American Legion Hosts St. Patty's Meal

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. – The American Legion hosted its annual pre-St. Patrick’s Day dinner of free corned beef and cabbage, an Irish culinary staple, on Thursday night.

Member Paul Hughes, 80, said he had been at the legion hall cooking since 6 o’clock that morning.

“Yesterday we cooked 250 pounds of corned beef and today we cooked 50 more,” Hughes said.

Hundreds of people gathered at the hall to drink wine and whiskey and chow down on the traditional Irish fare, sitting at large tables covered with green and orange tablecloths.

The legion is the country’s largest veteran’s organization, and turnout at the hall was mostly elderly veterans and their spouses.

The Mount Kisco hall also plays host to community events throughout the year, like the recent forum for the 19th District Democratic Congressional candidates, and on Friday, the “Art Odyssey” children's art class organized by the Community Education Foundation. It also serves as a rehearsal space for the Bensen-Scott Big Band every Tuesday night.

The Mount Kisco chapter has hosted its all-you-can-eat pre-holiday dinner for more than 15 years. Don Ford, legion treasurer, has organized the dinner for the past 12 years.

Annette Bensen, who was selling lottery tickets, praised Ford’s dedication to the event.

“He’s just the most wonderful man,” Bensen said. “He really does everything.”

Ford’s son Gary, vice president of Mt. Kisco’s J.H. & Son Crane Furniture, was also there working the cooking line, with help from Mount Kisco Deputy Mayor George Griffin Jr.

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