Foley’s Pub & Restaurant Owner Will Donate 1,000 Meals to Homeless if Pope Francis Signs a Baseball

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Pope-inscribed ball would be among 3,000+ autographed baseballs at Foley’s in New York City

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It would be an honor for me to have a ball signed by Pope Francis on our wall. We have a longstanding relationship with St. Francis of Assisi Church on 31st Street, so we hope the exchange of a signature for 1,000 meals is a good trade.

On Friday, September 25th, Pope Francis will spend the day throughout New York City, visiting the United Nations, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, Our Lady Queen of Angels School in East Harlem, and Madison Square Garden, where he will celebrate Mass.

Shaun Clancy, owner of Foley’s Pub & Restaurant, has invited Pope Francis to make one more stop on his papal visit, welcoming His Holiness inside the “Irish bar with a baseball attitude” to personally autograph a baseball in return for 1,000 meals donated to Saint Francis of Assisi Church. And if the Pope can't make it to Foley's, Clancy will donate the meals if someone asks the pontiff to sign a ball and bring it to the popular baseball bar.

"It would be an honor for me to have a ball signed by Pope Francis on our wall. We have a longstanding relationship with St. Francis of Assisi Church on 31st Street, so we hope the exchange of a signature for 1,000 meals is a good trade," said Clancy, an Irish native whose establishment is widely recognized as the top baseball bar in New York City.

A Francis-signed ball would be displayed on the walls of Foley's along with 3,000 others signed by athletes and celebrities, including Bono, Pelé, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Donald Trump, and Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the Archbishop of New York.

Since becoming Pope in 2013, Pope Francis has continuously advocated feeding the hungry, saying: "The planet has enough food for all, but it seems that there is a lack of willingness to share it with everyone," during a recent homily.

The charitable offer comes at a crucial time, as New York City's poor and homeless population has grown.

Additionally, in celebration of Pope Francis's visit, Foley’s will provide a special menu that features:

  • Pontiff’s Potato Skins,
  • Mini Franks,
  • Papal Pasta,
  • Pope Francis’s Friday Fish & Chips, and
  • Foley’s House Wine

Foley’s NY Pub & Restaurant
A popular destination among athletes, executives, umpires, media, and fans, Foley’s is located at 18 W. 33rd St., across from the Empire State Building. The "Irish bar with a baseball attitude" features walls adorned with 3,000 autographed balls, hundreds of bobbleheads, game-worn jerseys, stadium seats and other artifacts. Foley’s is home of the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame and boasts one of the country’s most extensive public displays of baseball memorabilia outside of Cooperstown. Call (212) 290-0080 or visit Foley’s web site http://www.foleysny.com, Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/FoleysNYPub or Twitter http://twitter.com/foleysny.

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