40th Anniversary AIF Gala Raises $4.3 Million

Dinner chairman Robert McCann with House of Cards star Michael Kelly at the record-setting Ireland Fund event.

By Matthew Skwiat, Contributing Editor
August / September 2015

The 40th annual American Ireland Fund’s New York Dinner Gala raised $4.3 million this year, more than any in the Fund’s past. Over 1,000 guests attended the May event in New York City, including Ireland’s Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan and Ireland’s Ambassador to the U.S. Anne Anderson. And special guest Senator George Mitchell was honored for his work in Northern Ireland on the breakthrough Good Friday Agreement. Other honorees included the Leslie C. and Regina Quick, Jr. family who received the Bird and Bell Award for their many philanthropic initiatives across Ireland.

The 2015 gala was presided over by Robert J. McCann, President Americas, UBS AG and a former Irish America Top 100 honoree. President and CEO of the Worldwide Ireland Funds Kieran McLoughlin reminded the audience of the American Ireland Fund’s history and its importance moving forward: “Despite all the changes and challenges of the last four decades, the mission Tony and Dan set out that night to strengthen the island of Ireland remains as relevant and as necessary as ever.” ♦

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