St. Pat’s in Five Points holds charitable check presentation supporting 40 local charities

May 15, 2024

St. Pat’s in Five Points celebrated its 42nd season by recognizing 40 Midlands-area charities and nonprofit organizations at its annual charitable check presentation on Tuesday, May 14, at Andy’s Deli, 2005 Greene St. in Columbia, South Carolina.

“Not only does this festival bring our community together, but to be able to donate to so many deserving charities every year, is truly something special,” says Heather McDonald, executive director of the Five Points Association. “It is an honor to have donated more than $1.2 million dollars over the festival’s history, with this year being our largest donation amount to date, and we could not be happier.”

The event underscores St. Pat’s in Five Points’ commitment to giving back to the Midlands community that has been its biggest supporter. Throughout the festival’s 42-year history, the Five Points Association has donated more than $1.2 million. This year’s donation is the festival’s largest to date, with $67,100 going to support 40 local charitable organizations, including:

• 911 Remembrance Foundation of South Carolina
• Ancient Order of Hibernians
• American Heart Association
• Beta Sigma Phi – Alpha Chapter
• Boy Scout Troop 330
• Carolina 4 All
• City Year Columbia
• Columbia Bombshells
• Columbia Roller Derby
• Columbia Police Citizens Academy
• Connick School of Irish Dance
• AC Flora Disc Golf
• Dreher Band Booster Club
• Girl Scout Troop 3375
• Junior Woman’s Club of Columbia
• Keep the Midlands Beautiful
• Military Vehicle Collectors Association
• Martin Luther King Neighborhood Association
• Rainy Day Fund
• Richland County Regulators Derby Team
• Richland Library
• Richland County Rhinos
• South Carolina Starlings
• Talented Tenth
• The Arc of the Midlands
• Transgender Awareness Alliance
• Westminster Presbyterian
• Wheeler Hill Neighborhood Association
• Carolina Wildlife Center
• Junior League of Columbia
• Beta Theta Pi
• Kappa Delta
• Gamecock Swimming
• Carolina Scorpions Women’s Tackle Football Team
• South Carolina Pride Movement
• Leiloni Khai
• University of South Carolina Student Veterans Association
• Veterans of Foreign Wars 11079

“Thank you to everyone involved in this year’s St. Pat’s in Five Points. Our 42nd year proved to be one of our most engaging and memorable experiences and would not have been possible without our many volunteers, valued sponsors, community partners, committee and attendees,” says McDonald. “We are so grateful we are able to share this community event with so many and look forward to making more memories in 2025.”

This year’s St. Pat’s in Five Points festival welcomed more than 32,000 attendees. The event featured several new highlight attractions, including The Saint mocktail lounge, Paddy’s Mini-Ramp Jam and WaterMonster hydration stations. The relocation of the Pot O’ Gold Playland to Andy’s Deli and the sold-out Lucky Leprechaun VIP area were also very popular.

Additionally, 2,237 participants from 14 states, ranging in ages from under 18 to over 65 years old, took part in this year’s Get to the Green race.

For more information, visit, download the “St. Pat’s at Five Points” app, or follow the festival on Facebook @StPatsinFivePoints, Instagram @stpatsinfivepoints and TikTok @StPatsinFivePoints. To learn more about sponsorships, vendor or parade applications and/or volunteering, please email [email protected].


About St. Pat’s in Five Points

Set in the vibrant Five Points district of Columbia S.C., St. Pat’s in Five Points is one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day festivals in the Southeast, drawing 35,000+ attendees of all ages from across the region and beyond. The annual event showcases a diverse lineup of musical acts across multiple stages and also features a variety of vendors, food trucks, artisans and family-friendly attractions, including the Pot O’ Gold Playland, the Get to the Green race and the St. Pat’s Parade. Originally conceived by Duncan MacRae of Yesterday’s Restaurant & Tavern, Steve Gibson of Peddler Steak House, Chuck Pettit of the Columbia Jaycees and Tony Latella of PYA Monarch, St. Pat’s in Five Points is a Columbia tradition known for its fun atmosphere and focus on giving back to the Midlands community. To date, the Five Points Association has donated more than $1.2 million to local charities.

About the Five Points Association

Founded in 1983, the Five Points Association is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the growth and evolution of Five Points, a one-of-a-kind commercial and residential district that is home to more than 100 businesses. Led by an executive director and governed by a board of directors, the Five Points Association oversees the efforts to promote, grow and support the Five Points district. The Five Points Association oversees the district’s events, development, clean and safe team and beautification projects. Visit to learn more.