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Dinner to help fund Msgr. Grimes scholarships fund

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The Shamrock Club of Columbus will hold its annual Msgr. J. Colby Grimes Scholarship pasta dinner fundraiser Sunday, Oct. 21.

The dinner will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Shamrock Club, 60 W. Castle Road.

The event helps fund five $1,000 scholarships the club awards each year to a freshman, sophomore or junior student from each of the five Columbus parochial high schools -- Bishop Hartley, Bishop Ready, Bishop Watterson, St. Charles Preparatory School and St. Francis DeSales.

"Msgr. J. Colby Grimes was the chaplain of the Shamrock Club of Columbus from 1995 until his untimely death in 2003 due to the effects of leukemia," said Francis Doyle, chairman of the Msgr. Grimes Scholarship Committee and a past president of the Shamrock Club.

"Msgr. Grimes was a huge supporter of Catholic education, so the Shamrock Club of Columbus decided to create this scholarship in his honor shortly after he passed away."

The scholarships have been awarded for nine years.

Doyle, a Dublin resident, said they are awarded based on academic success, leadership skills and community service and criteria which include having a parent or relative currently belonging to the Shamrock Club, or a student who is recommended by a member of the Shamrock Club.

Applications for the scholarship are available on the Shamrock Club's website, at the club and at the five Columbus Catholic high schools.

Tickets for the Oct. 21 dinner are $8 in advance; $12 at the door; $5 for senior citizens 65 years old or older and children 11 and younger.

Tickets for an entire family can be purchased for a flat rate of $30.

Reservations are encouraged. Doyle said people can reserve their tickets at the discounted advance-sale price and pay at the door the day of the dinner.

Advance tickets are available at the Shamrock Club and can also be reserved by sending email to shamrockclub1936@shamrockclub.com or by calling 614-491-4449

Tickets can also be ordered and paid for at shamrockclubofcolumbus.org.

The food is being donated by Jimmy Corrova and the TAT Ristorante di Famiglia and 100 percent of the proceeds go to the scholarship fund, Doyle said.

"Like Msgr. Grimes, Jimmy Corrova of the TAT Ristorante di Famiglia is also a huge supporter of Catholic education and has donated all the food for the pasta dinner," Doyle said. "Besides Shamrock Club members who unselfishly give of their time and treasure in behind the scenes support for the dinner, the 2012-2013 scholarship winners from the five parochial high schools will also be volunteering at the event."

Grimes was born in Columbus and attended St. Francis de Sales High School in Toledo before his family moved back to Columbus in 1969 when he attended Bishop Watterson High School for his senior year.

After graduating from Watterson, Grimes continued to volunteer at the school as the varsity football team's trainer while attending Ohio Dominican College.

Grimes earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from St. Gregory's Seminary, a master's degree in education from Xavier University and a master's degree in divinity from Mount St. Mary's Seminary, all in Cincinnati.

While in the seminary, Grimes worked at St. Rita School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Cincinnati and began a lifelong ministry to the hearing impaired.

He provided signing services during television broadcasts of masses in Columbus.

Grimes had an extensive ministerial and education career in Central Ohio.

He was a teacher at Bishop Ready High School while in residence at St. Agnes Parish.

He was principal of Bishop Flaget High School in Chillicothe from 1983 to 1986.

Grimes served as pastor of St. Stephen's on the Far West Side of Columbus, Holy Spirit in Whitehall, St. Andrew's in Upper Arlington and the Church of the Resurrection in New Albany.

He served in many volunteer capacities in central Ohio as a priest including chaplain of Columbus City Council, the Columbus Division of Police, the Shamrock Club of Columbus and the St. Charles soccer team.

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