On Wednesday, July 12, 2017, the Chicago Regional Advisory Committee gathered at the Ocean Cut Restaurant for their annual Summer celebration and dinner kick off. Mike O’Halleran, the Chair of the Committee, began the evening with his remarks on the recent Ireland Funds’ Conference in Wicklow and the upcoming 33rd Annual Chicago Dinner.Mike spoke of the importance of the annual Conference as it was an opportunity for donors to see first-hand the powerful philanthropic impact of The Ireland Funds support for so many nonprofit organizations across Ireland. He also introduced the newest Committee member, Mick O’Rourke, President of Signature Bank.
The 33rd Annual Dinner will be held November 2, 2017 at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago. Ryan Specialty Group will be The 2017 Ireland Funds Corporate Social Responsibility Awardee and John McDonough, President and CEO-Chicago Blackhawks, will be The 2017 Ireland Funds Leadership Awardee Abbey Canning, Chair of The Ireland Funds Chicago Young Leaders, also spoke about the upcoming Young Leaders’ events and invited the Committee members to participate.
The evening concluded with a presentation on: Preparation for a Post Brexit Global Economy by Derek Samman, CME Group’s Senior Managing Director, Global Head of Commodities & Options Products. It was an interesting and thought provoking talk.
It was a wonderful get together and an enthusiastic kick off for the upcoming Chicago Dinner Gala.