Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Virtual Chicago Dinner 2020

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The Virtual Chicago Dinner was a wonderful gathering of The Ireland Funds’ community of friends and family.

The Ireland Funds honored Roseann Finnegan LeFevour on her retirement as Midwest Director of The Ireland Funds and in recognition of her leadership and unwavering commitment to helping Ireland thrive. For the last 12 years, Roseann has been instrumental to the success and growth of The Ireland Funds throughout Chicago and this special acknowledgment was so well deserved.

In addition to tributes to Roseann from her family and friends, guests heard inspirational words from the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins, Liam Neeson, The Edge, Michael Flatley, Michael Kelly and Marie Heaney. Musical performances were provided by the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Music Generation, two outstanding programs funded by The Ireland Funds.

During the program, tributes were paid to the late Denis Healy of Turtle Wax, a Board Director and a founding father of The Ireland Funds in Chicago, whose generosity and leadership bettered the lives of thousands of people across Chicago and the island of Ireland.

Most importantly, the impact, stories and messages of gratitude from projects on the frontlines in Ireland, were shared.

Thanks our friends and donors, we reached our ambitious target of $2 million from our virtual events in Chicago, Boston, New York and San Francisco. This magnificent result is testament to the strength of our community and friends who year after year, have stood by The Ireland Funds even in the most challenging of times. In doing so, our donors truly strengthened The Ireland Funds’ work in delivering critical services to communities in need across the island of Ireland.

This special virtual gathering would not have been possible without the generosity of our sponsors, and we are especially grateful to our Dinner Chairs Mike O’Halleran, Tom Meagher, Devon Bruce and Pat Canning, and to our Chicago Regional Advisory Committee, whose steadfast commitment and dedication to our mission ensured the success of our first-ever virtual Chicago Dinner in the event’s 36 year history.




The O’Halleran Foundation Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan



Jennifer and Gerald Beeson



William J. and Mary Ann McGrath Andrew J. McKenna
Diane and Thomas Meagher, Jr.



Ted and Katy Ahern Loretta and Bob Cooney
Kay and Fred Krehbiel Orla Muldoon and Patrick O’Hare
Thomas Emmet O’Neill III Bob and Linda Sullivan
Tom and Ellen Tully



Yvonne and Devon Bruce Betsy and Pat Canning
The Crown Family Cate and Jim Denny
Janet and Craig Duchossois Mr. and Mrs. Terrence LeFevour
The Malkin Family Thomas S. O’Neill
M. Bridget Reidy William and Suzanne Sullivan


Abbey Canning
Cathy and Robert Cerone
Kyle Clifford
Alexandra Darrow
Pat Doyle
Brian and Allison Feltzin
Andrew Hartford
Denis John Healy
Sondra Healy
James Keeley
Tom Kiley
Jim and Sue King
Niamh King and Edward Luce
Lavin Family Foundation
Catherine and Peter Lawlor
Andrew LeFevour
Andrew and Suzanne LeFevour
Conor LeFevour
Michael LeFevour
Peg and Steve Lombardo
Jarlath McGurran
David Meiners
Katie Nallon
Ellen and Jim O’Connor
Connor O’Halleran
Tom O’Leary
Katherine O’Sullivan
Nick and Meredith Parrish
PJH & Associates, Inc.
Linda and Richard Price
Rex Sessions
Marilyn Vetter
David Wales
Jennifer and Joseph Whalen

Chicago Regional Advisory Committee

Ted Ahern
Guaranteed Rate Inc.

Terrence Brady
Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.

Devon C Bruce
Partner, Power Rogers & Smith PC
Co-Chair of the Regional Advisory Committee

Abbey Canning
Chair, Chicago Young Leaders

Patrick J. Canning
Cresset Capital
Co-Chair of the Regional Advisory Committee

Marilynn Kelly Gardner
Navy Pier, Inc.

John Gibbons
Greenberg, Traurig, LLP

John D. Hartigan

Thomas R Kiley
Great Lakes Advisors, LLC

Patrick C Lynch
Chicago Equity Partners, LLC

Terry McCann
RT Specialty Group

Thomas F. Meagher, Jr.
GCM Grosvenor

Matthew F. Moore
Chicago Cut Steakhouse, Southern Cut

Orla Muldoon
Archer Daniels Midland Company

Jack O’Callahan
Ziegler Capital Management, LLC

Michael D O’Halleran
Ryan Specialty Group
Chair of the Regional Advisory Committee

Thomas Emmet O’Neill, III
Treehouse Foods

Thomas S O’Neill
Exelon Corporation

Michael O’Rourke
Signature Bank

Marianne O’Shea

Bridget Reidy
Exelon Corporation

Robert A. Sullivan
Fifth Third Bank- Chicago

Daniel E. Sullivan

Gavin Tierney
Bimeda, Inc

Joseph A Walsh
XMS Capital Partners, LLC


Rina Tsang

Event Coordinator

PJH & Associates, Inc.

Chicago IL

T - 312-553-2000

E - rtsang@pjhchicago.com

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Rory MacIntyre


The Ireland Funds America

345 Park Avenue, Floor 17 New York NY 10154

T - 212-689-3100

E - rmacintyre@irelandfunds.org

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