8th May, 2014

New York Dinner Gala 2014

The American Ireland Fund New York Dinner Gala Honors Raymond W. Kelly, Former New York City Police Commissioner and Duncan Niederauer, CEO of the New York Stock Exchange

The American Ireland Fund New York Dinner Gala Raises $2.75 Million to Assist Irish Not-for-Profit Groups

Dinner Gala Committee 2014


Manhattan, New York, May 8, 2014 – The American Ireland Fund hosted its 39th Annual New York Dinner Gala on Thursday evening, May 8, 2014 in New York City.  As the focal point of the evening, The American Ireland Fund recognized Ray Kelly, former New York City Police Commissioner, with The American Ireland Fund Distinguished Service Award for his dedication and service to New York City.

“Ray Kelly is one of the most celebrated Police Commissioners in New York history,” said Kieran McLoughlin, President & CEO of The American Ireland Fund. “His two terms as Police Commissioner contributed greatly to the quality of life of all New Yorkers and we are proud to honor him as an exemplary Irish American.”

The American Ireland Fund also recognized Duncan Niederauer, CEO of the New York Stock Exchange with The Leslie C. Quick Jr. Leadership Award for his philanthropy and commitment to the island of Ireland.

“We are delighted to recognize the enormous contribution Duncan has made to Northern Ireland,” said Kieran McLoughlin, “Under his leadership, the New York Stock Exchange’s significant investments in Northern Ireland have helped contribute to a much-needed Peace Dividend.”

Over 1,000 guests from the spheres of business, the arts and politics attended the Gala at the Grand Hyatt New York at Grand Central. It is the largest of the 100 global events hosted annually by The Worldwide Ireland Funds. The 2014 American Ireland Fund New York Dinner Gala was chaired by Shaun T. Kelly, Vice-Chair of Operations with KPMG, LLP and Thomas Quinlan III, President & CEO of RR Donnelley. The event  celebrated  Irish culture and heritage and generating much-needed funds for The Worldwide Ireland Funds’ Promising Ireland Campaign which has assisted over 650 Irish charities to-date.

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