Three years after its namesake fell ill, the Bob O'Connor Cookie Cruise continues, the late mayor's family announced today.
Once a political fund raiser, now a benefit for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the event starts on the Gateway Clipper Docks at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 18. Buffet-style food is served until 7 p.m., when "the food ends and the cookie tables open up, and it's a mad dash for the cookies," according to Corey O'Connor, son of the late mayor and a community development aide to Congressman Mike Doyle.
The boat sets sail at 7:30 p.m., stops for Zambelli fireworks, and returns to port at 9:30 p.m.
The ticket price for the 17th cookie cruise is $25. "My dad always wanted to keep it at a price where everyone can come," said Corey O'Connor. "Everybody can give more."
The event is handled by the O'Connor family, close friends, and the former campaign insiders known as the Delta Team, all working as volunteers.
Tickets can be had by calling the O'Connor house at 412-521-3931, and can be purchased up to the day of the cruise, though space on the boat is limited to 1,000 people. Last year the event drew 1,500, some of whom visited the boat but did not stay for the cruise.
Mr. O'Connor fell ill in July 2006, just six months after his inauguration, and died Sept. 1, 2006, of primary central nervous system T-cell lymphoma.