12th March, 2011

Gala Dinner

The 2011 Pittsburgh American Ireland Fund Gala rolled out the green carpet for CONSOL Energy Chairman, President and CEO J. Brett Harvey, recipient of this year's AIF Chairman's Award for his commitment to the community. 

Upon Entering Heinz Field, our eight hundred guests were treated to a an American themed cocktail reception featuring historical mining artifacts from CONSOL Energy's headquarters museum.  Guests then crossed the Ha' Penny Bridge into into an Irish village square, complete with St. Stephen's Green featuring Irish dancers and an Irish band that kept guest's toes tapping.  Making their way around the square they sampled Irish cuisine and drink in four different areas. 

Topping off the evening, Pittsburgh Steelers President Art Rooney, II offered a traditional Irish toast.  Special guests included J. Brett and Carol Harvey, Ambassador and Mrs. Daniel M. Rooney, PNC Bank President Sy Holzer, The Worldwide Ireland Funds President and CEO Kieran McLoughlin, Gala Chairman David and Nancy Malone, Michael and Kelly Mullen, Catherine and John Ryan, David Morehouse, Jerry Richey, Maryann and Vic Papale, Andrea Carelli and Michael Toretti, Kathleen and Thomas Donahue and  John and Kelley Denny.