MAMARONECK, N.Y. – The Sound Shore St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee chose Jim Hynes on Saturday to be its sash wearer for the group's second annual parade.
Hynes, an Irish-American entrepreneur and philanthropist, is the chair of the board of trustees at Iona College in New Rochelle. Hynes said the recognition is not only for him, but for the college, too.
"Iona College contributes to the environment in the Sound Shore, so it's fitting," Hynes said. "I'm a first generation Irish-American and, from my point of view, it feels pretty good to be selected."
Hynes said the parade, which will go down Mamaroneck Avenue to Harbor Island Park on St. Patrick's Day, is meant to recognize the contributions of Irish-Americans to the Sound Shore region.
"A lot of Irish immigrants came here with nothing and proceeded to become citizens," Hynes said. "It's going to be a great day and it will help the businesses."
Committee Member Kevin O'Shea said the parade is all about giving back to the communities from New Rochelle to Port Chester.
"Our whole outlook is to give back to the community," O'Shea said. "We will also be giving a couple of scholarships to high school students of Irish heritage and who help the community."