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Tommy Makem Cultural Legacy Fund

Tommy Makem, a legend among the Irish Music world, passed away in 2007. He was an internationally celebrated folk artist, poet and storyteller who loved Milwaukee Irish Fest and was an advocate and supporter for 30 years.

As a tribute to this friend of Milwaukee Irish Fest, we have established the Tommy Makem Cultural Legacy Fund to award an annual grant or scholarship that promotes a living legacy of Irish Music and Culture.

Help us fund this lasting legacy for a legend and a dear friend. Consider our giving levels outlined below, and make your donation online by clicking the button below. You are also welcome to mail a check made out to Milwaukee Irish Fest to: Milwaukee Irish Fest, Attn: Tommy Makem Fund, 1532 Wauwatosa Ave., Wauwatosa, WI 53213.

Irish Festivals, Inc. is a 501 (C)3 Non-Profit organization. Your donations are tax deductible.

Tommy Makem

Photo: Thom Hindle

Giving Levels

Friends Song Club ($100+)
Legacy Friend: Bronze ($500+)
Legacy Friend: Silver ($1,000+)
Legacy Friend: Gold ($2,500+)
Legacy Friend: Platinum ($5,000+)


Thank you to our donors

$25-$99​ $100-$249 $250-$499 $500-$999 $1,000-$2,499 $5,000+
Donation in memory of Betty Mikush
Scotty Allen in memory of Don Clark
Carol Boers
Donation in memory of Don Clark
Donation in memory of Jim Finnerty
Susan Kenealy
Donation in memory of Mike Langer
Donation in memory of Tom Riepenhoff
Susan Riordan
Ken Schmidt
Donation in memory of Bill Starr
Donation in memory of Dick Stroud
Ken Tehan
Donation in memory of Maureen Tyler
Donation in memory of Chuck Ward
Donation in memory of Olive O'Hara Witt
Kathleen Zabala
Paul and Peggy Baker
Kathy Beier in memory of Mike Langer
Bernie Beutner
Maura K. Byrne
Wilma Crawford
Constance Holth
Maryann McTeague Keifer and Tom Keifer
Matt "Celtic" Kilroy
The McGovern Family
Joan Mueller
Tom O'Connell
Margaret Rathunde
Daniel Schlitz
Ken and Terre Sullivan

​Kevin O'Shea
Frank Page
Michael Slattery
Mary Stephany Trimmler
Kevin Walsh

Ellen Garrett Milwaukee Irish Fest
Ed and Cathy Ward


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