The Claddagh Fund was founded in Boston in 2009 by Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphys. Ken, his bandmates and their families have supported charities throughout the history of the band. Understanding the power of their position to harness the passion and generosity of their fans, the Claddagh Fund was created to raise funds for and broaden our impact on worthy, underfunded non-profits that support the most vulnerable individuals in our communities.
In August of 2011, Claddagh Fund and Dropkick Murphys announced the expansion of their charitable foundation to the city of brotherly love. In continuing The Claddagh Fund's mission, the Philadelphia Chapter will seek to assist the most underfunded non-profit organizations that support vulnerable populations in our local communities. Claddagh Fund Philadelphia strives to make an impact in our own neighborhoods by means of raising awareness and funds to invest and support those local charities that continually strive to improve the lives of our neighbors, friends and family. All funds raised through the Philadelphia Chapter are used to support local charities in our community.
Music Drives Us would like to thank the Dropkick Murphys and the Claddagh Fund for their continued support! The Claddagh Fund shares our mission of providing opportunities and experiences for underserved communities throughout Massachusetts. In December of 2017, the Dropkick Murphys hosted the Murphys Boxing Christmas Party at Plainridge Park Casino, with proceeds benefitting the Claddagh Fund and Music Drives Us. The funds raised from the event have helped to power Blues SchoolHouse through 2021. Each year, nearly 5,000 Boston Public School students attend the Blues SchoolHouse educational music performances, with many experiencing live music at the House of Blues for the first time! We are so appreciative of the Dropkick Murphys, and look forward to continuing our work together!