16th September, 2011

Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Blarney Ball

On Friday, September 16th, the Washington, DC Young Leaders gathered with over 200 of the city’s finest for dancing, mingling and cocktails. Guests were greeted by talented young Irish step dancers provided by The Culkin School of Irish Dance on the grand staircase of The Carnegie Institution for Science. 

Festive cocktail dresses and green ties filled the room, and spirits were high as guests dined on finger foods provided by Occasions Caterers and bid on various auction items from sports memorabilia to a Hard Rock Casino package.  The 19th Street Band never fails to entertain and kept guests dancing into the wee hours. 

Many are anxiously awaiting An Samhain: An Irish Halloween, a members-only event, hosted by the Irish Embassy on October 27th to hear whether their name will drawn as the winner of the 2 roundtrip tickets to Ireland courtesy of Aer Lingus.  Raffle tickets are still available through Susan O'Neill & Associates for those that want to test their Irish luck.

Reilly O'Connor, DC Young Leaders' Chair; Kevin Conmy, Embassy of Ireland’s Deputy Chief of Mission and Pat Tully, The American Ireland Fund’s New York Regional Director and National Director of the Young Leaders, took a moment to address the crowd and discuss the importance of the Young Leaders program and impact of the Fund’s support during this great time of need in Ireland. The DC Young Leaders are excited to announce that this was our most successful event to date and we will be donating over $20,000 towards the Promising Ireland Campaign and the Washington Ireland Program (WIP).

Great thanks to our Event Chairs: Oldcastle Stone Products, Prudential Financial and Aer Lingus;  our Benefactors: The Walt Disney Company, Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, and, last but certainly not least, all of The American Ireland Fund Young Leaders who came out to support this great cause.