On February 16, 2023, The Ireland Funds hosted its 32nd Annual Emerald Isle Ball at The Breakers in Palm Beach. The black-tie gala, which drew more than 200 friends and supporters, was co-chaired by Lore Moran Dodge, Michele Kessler, Hillie Mahoney, Sheila O’Malley Fuchs, and Thomas C.Quick.
The evening honored Palm Beach philanthropists Jennifer and Ambassador (Ret) David T. Fischer; and entertainer and philanthropist Michael Flatley.
Caitriona Fottrell, The Ireland Funds President & CEO, welcomed guests and thanked them for their generous support. Fottrell underscored the impact made by The Ireland Funds Heart of the Community Fund, which has provided funding to more than 100 not-for-profit organizations with a wide range of causes throughout the island of Ireland.
Fottrell then presented Chair Emeritus Loretta Brennan Glucksman, who introduced Michael Flatley, recipient of the 2023 Performing Arts Award. Flatley, who was unable to attend, accepted the award via video.
Gene McQuade, the Chair of The Ireland Funds America, expressed his gratitude to Palm Beach for its warm welcome, friendship, and ongoing support. He invited Quick, one of the event co-chairs and an Ireland Funds America Board Director to present The Ireland Funds 2023 Distinguished Leadership Award to the Fischers who were recognized for their philanthropic and community work.
The evening’s entertainment was provided by Chlöe Agnew, the original lead singer of the Grammy and Emmy-nominated Celtic Woman. The event raised key support for The Ireland Funds’ work with nonprofit organizations across the island of Ireland and locally in Palm Beach.