Tuesday 1 December 2020

Virtual New York Winter Celebration 2020

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The Virtual New York Winter Celebration was a wonderful gathering of The Ireland Funds’ community of friends and family.

The Ireland Funds honored Michael Dowling, President & CEO of Northwell Health. Originally from Knockaderry in Co. Limerick, Michael leads New York State’s largest healthcare provider and private employer, with more than 74,000 employees who care for over 2 million people each year.

Michael received The Ireland Funds’ Humanitarian Award in recognition of his business acumen, philanthropic generosity and his role as one of healthcare’s most influential voices at the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to tributes to Michael led by Loretta Brennan Glucksman, guests heard inspirational words from the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins, Liam Neeson, The Edge, Michael Flatley, Michael Kelly and Marie Heaney. Musical performances were provided by the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Music Generation, two outstanding programs funded by The Ireland Funds.

Most importantly, the impact, stories and messages of gratitude from projects on the frontlines in Ireland, were shared.

Thanks our friends and donors, we reached our ambitious target of $2 million from our virtual events in New York, Boston, Chicago and San Francisco. This magnificent result is testament to the strength of our community and friends who year after year, have stood by The Ireland Funds even in the most challenging of times. In doing so, our donors truly strengthened The Ireland Funds’ work in delivering critical services to communities in need across the island of Ireland.

This special virtual gathering would not have been possible without the generosity of our sponsors, and we are especially grateful to our event Co-Chairs: Gene McQuade, Shaun Kelly, Loretta Brennan Glucksman and John Fitzpatrick, and to our Chairman’s Committee whose steadfast commitment and dedication to our mission ensured the success of our first ever virtual New York Winter Celebration.



The Condron Family Gene & Peggy McQuade


Shaun & Mary Kelly Thomas C. Quick
Loretta Brennan Glucksman Tom & Paula McInerney



Shane Naughton



Michael & Margaret Brewster Michael & Laura Higgins
Adrian & Christina Jones The McCann Family
Phil Silverman and Joel Papo,
Blue Sky Real Estate
Jim & Diane Quinn



John L. Gardiner Barry & Gemma O’Brien
Peter & Crisler Quick Joe & Mary Lou Quinlan
Thomas J. Quinlan, III

Stephen Whyte


Bob Garrett
William Cox
Jim & Pat Houlihan
Bill & Maureen Dooley
Harry & Susan Hartford
Maryanne Wade

Virtual New York Winter Celebration

Eugene M. McQuade
The Ireland Funds America

Angela Moore
Vice Chair, The Ireland Funds America

Shaun T. Kelly
Vice Chair, The Ireland Funds America

Loretta Brennan Glucksman
Chair Emeritus, The Ireland Funds America

John Fitzpatrick
Former Chairman, The Ireland Funds America

Chairman’s Committee
Virtual New York Winter Celebration

Elaine M. Brennan
Christopher M. “Kip” Condron
John G. Duffy
Irial Finan
Bob Garrett
Andrea Haughian
Michael P. Higgins
Adrian M. Jones
Martin P. Kehoe
Tara A. McCabe
Robert J. McCann
William M. Murphy
Shane Naughton
Jerry Padian
Thomas C. Quick
Leslie C. Quick, III


Rory MacIntyre


The Ireland Funds America

345 Park Avenue, Floor 17 New York NY 10154

T - 212-689-3100

E - rmacintyre@irelandfunds.org

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Carla Capone

The Ireland Funds America

New York

T - 212-213-1166

E - events@carlacapone.com

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