PITTSBURG — Hundreds of folks dressed in green and ready to be Irish for a day flocked to Colton’s Steak House and Grill Friday morning to be part of the United Way’s First Annual Blarney Breakfast.

The United Way of Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas partnered with Colton’s last year to beginning planning the event, which raised money for over 40 programs in southeast Kansas that receive United Way funding.

Director of Resource Development in Southeast Kansas Julie Reams said she could not be happier with the inaugural event.

“The turnout was great,” Reams said Friday morning. “We haven’t got a total yet, but I’m very happy.”

The event raised $2,000 for programs in southeast Kansas. United Way makes sure every dollar raised in Kansas, stays in Kansas even though the organization oversees fundraising in two states.

Attendees received a breakfast of sausage, bacon, eggs and pancakes, and were treated to Irish music from entertainers, such as Accordion Player Gene Corsini.

“We tried to find some Irish dancers or something,” Reams said. “But there are not really any around here, so Gene learned some Irish tunes and helped us out.”

United Way also conducted a silent auction on gift baskets and several other items.

Reams said working with Colton’s was great, and they have already begun planning next year’s Blarney Breakfast. The next Blarney Breakfast will take place March 16, 2018 at Colton’s.

“Colton’s was a huge supporter and we couldn’t have done it without them,” Reams said. “We are so excited for next year.”

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at choener@morningsun.net or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.