Well he did.
At the Irish Fest Christmas party one of the highlights of the evening (besides my outfit) is the announcement of the Irish Fest Volunteer of the Year. This year our honoree was none other than the aforementioned Brian Witt.
Brian attended the first Irish Fest, became a member of the Shamrock Club, took Irish language lessons, became involved with the Irish Fest Theater, supported Irish music lessons in Milwaukee on a year round basis, has been involved with the Summer School for years, is an active participant of the Online Development Committee and of course - coordinator of the Cultural area at the festival.
Along the way he was active in the Milwaukee InterCeltic Cooperative, was one of the incorporators of the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center, spent four years broadcasting on WMYS Radio Erin, has edited the Emeral Reflections since 1999, has held numerous positions in the Shamrock Club Board of Directors, including four years as President, was named the Shamrock Club Irishman of the Year in 2004, (this is a really long sentence and I'm not even done yet!), originated and was the voice of 77-IRISH, writes music reviews for Irish Music magazine and other periodicals, authors a weekly newsletter - Wisconsin Irish Week and for the past thirteen years has provided a calendar of Irish and Celtic events and activities.
Brian also provides "Saint of the Day" reports on his Facebook page as well, which is nice if you need to know more about St. Cunegunda.
As Volunteer of the Year, Brian gets a place of honor in the St Patricks's Day parades in Milwaukee, gets to wear a cool sash and leads the daily Irish Fest parade at the festival. And because he's not a pagan baby, he get to process in with all the holy priests and bishops at the Sunday Mass at the ampitheater. Wearing the cool sash to pubs is worth a lot of free drinks from what I hear.
So when you see Brian this year, make sure to say congrats!