15th March, 2012

Young Leaders St. Patrick’s Day Celebration 2012

Boston, March 16, 2012 – On March 15, more than 500 guests gathered for The American Ireland Fund Boston Young Leaders’ St. Patrick’s Celebration at the Boston Harbor Hotel and raised $135,000. The evening supported The American Ireland Fund’s work across the island of Ireland and its Promising Ireland Campaign to assist Irish charities.

The 2012 event was chaired by Devin Condron of Morgan Stanley and the vice chairs were Bret Kelly (owner of North Star), Maura Neal Fitzpatrick (Office of Senator John Kerry) and Mike Stevens (State Street Global Advisors). Patron sponsors for the evening were Jim and Sue Geraghty of Westboro.

“We are delighted to have a spirited and committed group of Boston young leaders.  In record fashion this year, they are continuing The Ireland Funds’ tradition of wonderful events around the world that advance the mission of supporting Ireland and Irish-related causes,” said Steve Greeley, Executive Director of The American Ireland Fund.

For over thirty five years, The American Ireland Fund has assisted charitable organizations in Ireland, North and South. In addition, local Massachusetts initiatives have received support including the Irish Pastoral Center, Camp Harborview, the Campaign for Catholic Schools, the Irish Immigration Center, the Dorchester Boys and Girls Club, The Catholic School Foundation and the work of Professor Padraig O’Malley at the University of Massachusetts to export the lessons of the Northern Ireland Peace Process to countries experiencing political and religious division.

About The American Ireland Fund: The Worldwide Ireland Funds are an international charitable network operating in 12 countries and have raised over $380 million for worthy causes in Ireland and around the world.  The mission of The Ireland Funds is to be the largest worldwide network of people of Irish ancestry and friends of Ireland dedicated to raising funds to support programs of peace and reconciliation, arts and culture, education and community development throughout the island of Ireland. Founded in 1976, they have assisted over 1,200 organizations.

The Worldwide Ireland Funds have launched the Promising Ireland Campaign to raise $100 million by the end of 2013 on behalf of Irish charities. Charities across the island of Ireland are experiencing an increased demand for their services at a time of a major reduction in resources. The Campaign’s title – Promising Ireland – reflects The Worldwide Ireland Funds’ pledge to these groups as well as a belief in Ireland’s future. Over 300 outstanding projects and organizations have already received support from the Promising Ireland Campaign. Presently, the Promising Ireland Campaign has raised almost $90 million of its $100 million goal.

2012 Boston Young Leaders St. Patrick’s Celebration Committee

Devin Condron

Maura Fitzpatrick
Breton Kelly
Michael Stevens

Event Committee

Eoin Beirne
Patrick Bench
Ryan Bradley
Patrick Carney, Jr.
John Carroll
Melissa Clary
Elizabeth Collins
Michael Collins, Jr.
Terence Connell
Tim Connell
Tom Crohan
Thomas Cronin
John Cronin
Brian Crowe
Dianna Curry
David Dingman
John Dolan
Helen Donington
Cristy Donnelly
Kara Doran
Kristina Dorne
Shane Early
Siobhan Fanning
Jonathan Feeley
Chris Finnerty


Robert Finnerty
Mike Fish
David Foss
Colleen Freeman
Matthew Gaughan
Anne Geraghty
Jack Greeley
Michael Greeley
Tommy Greeley
Corey Griffin
Chris Hagan
Emily Hannigan
Ryan Heald
Brian Higgins
Michael Judge
Griffin Keady
Theresa Kelleher
Justin Kelly
Rob Kinlin
Jeff Landers
Dan Landers
Stephen Laverty
Georgia Litsas
Joanna Litsas


Patrick Malone
Aengus McAllister
Peter McCarthy
Brian McConnell
Michael McKeigue
Kelly McManus
Gerard Miller
Mike Murphy
Shannon Murphy
Ellen Murphy Donovan
Tim O'Brien
Kate O'Donnell
Anne O'Rourke
Karen O’Sullivan
Mike Pastore
Francis Powell
John Powell
Dan Powers
Abigail Reynolds
Sean Ryan
Kate Sheridan
Colin Smyth
John Sten
Kevin Thurston
Morgan  Weinstein