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O'Brien's Irish Pub owner wins award for fundraising efforts

Pub owner Sean Rice, with wife Aine and Deputy Jay Hajj, was honored by the Sheriff’s Office for his charity work.

Courtesy of Sean Rice

Pub owner Sean Rice, with wife Aine and Deputy Jay Hajj, was honored by the Sheriff’s Office for his charity work.

BRANDON

Sean Rice, owner of O'Brien's Irish Pub & Family Restaurant in Brandon, received the Citizen's Award from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office on Thursday for his fundraising efforts for Hillsborough County Deputy Dan Witt, who is battling stomach cancer.

Rice hosted a fish fry at the pub in December and donated 100 percent of the proceeds to Witt and his family. The event raised $30,000.

Rice also founded the committee "O'Brien's Fire Breathing Rubber Ducks" to raise awareness for Moffitt Cancer Center after his business partner was diagnosed with cancer last year. The group raised $13,000 for the center in its first year, and has raised $5,000 so far this year.

"A few customers of ours had lost relatives and I lost a couple of relatives last year due to cancer, so it was dear to our hearts," Rice said.

Rice will hold another charity event, the "KenDucky Derby," on May 4 at O'Brien's at 701 W Lumsden Road, Brandon. Proceeds will benefit Miles for Moffitt and the Moffitt Cancer Center. Visit obrienspubsbrandon.com for information.

Today, O'Brien's offers a full slate of specials and activities for St. Patrick's Day at its Brandon spot and in Plant City at 1701 S Alexander St.

Keeley Sheehan, Times staff writer

O'Brien's Irish Pub owner wins award for fundraising efforts 03/16/13 [Last modified: Friday, March 15, 2013 12:22pm]
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