28th February, 2015

Texas Emerald Ball 2015

Texas Emerald Ball 2015
Feb. 28, 2015

From the moment they arrived, guests at the 3rd Annual American Ireland Fund Texas Emerald Ball knew they were in for a great Irish night. Traditional Irish music from Dallas’ own TIMES performance group flowed throughout the Chairmen’s Reception and Don Shannon, our very favorite bagpiper, made sure the night started right on time.

Masterfully emceed by long-time friend of The American Ireland Fund, John Tillotson, presentations of appreciation were made to Texas Emerald Ball Co-Chairs Anne Marie Kenneally and Ray Sullivan by Liza O’Connor of The American Ireland Fund. Both Anne Marie and Ray spoke about what their respective Irish and Irish-American identities meant to them.  President & CEO of The Worldwide Ireland Funds Kieran McLoughlin welcomed all present before sharing an update on the state of the nonprofit sector and showing a video which reveals the tremendous positive difference The American Ireland Fund and the Promising Ireland Campaign are making throughout the island of Ireland.

After dinner, John Tillotson returned to the podium to reflect on all that the Corboy’s have done for the Dallas community, and guests had a new appreciation for the Corboy’s generosity of time, talent and treasure. Characteristically understated, Lou Ann and Mike then spoke of their love and appreciation for both Ireland and Dallas which underlies and drives all they do. Lou Ann delighted all in attendance with her uniquely Texan combination of charm and wit. Mike made special mention of The American Ireland Fund Life Trustee, Netta Blanchard, whom he credits with giving life and spirit to the Dallas chapter for so many years.

The night finished with the presentation of the Corboy Anam Cara Award to Former International Rose of Tralee, Haley O’Sullivan and to Davey Devlin for his work raising thousands for autism research and  cancer support in Ireland and Texas.

With that final presentation, guests’ attention was immediately drawn to a view of the Dallas skyline and Party Machine went on to entertain the crowd for several hours. Texas Emerald Ball guests danced away the remainder of the night while raising support for the mission of The American Ireland Fund and its support of outstanding Irish organizations.