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Annual Kells ceiling sweep collects thousands of dollars

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Workers at Kells Irish Pub swept the ceiling and found more than $6,700 for a good cause.

Tuesday marked the 18th year of the Kells ceiling sweep. Customers of the pub and restaurant donated dollar bills and coins that were tossed in the air and remained stuck to the ceiling throughout the year.

Kells owners Gerard and Lucille McAleese matched the total donations of $6,761.22 bringing the grand total to $13,522.44. That money will go to the Center for Medically Fragile Children at Providence Child Center.

The center provides 24-hour skilled nursing care for children with profound disabilities and complex medical needs.

Students from The Murray School of Irish Dancing performed during Tuesday's event while kids, parents, staff and volunteers from the Center for Medically Fragile Children watched the "green rain" fall from above.

The ceiling sweep is a prelude to the Kells Portland St. Patrick's Irish Festival on March 15-17.

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