b'WASHINGTON D.C.Washington DC National GalaHONOREES: HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI, MATTHEW SHAY, CONGRESSMAN PETER KINGMarch, 2020 The Ireland Funds hosted its 28th Annual National Gala American relations in the presence of key decision makers providing a uniqueatThe National Building Museumin Washington, D.C. An Taoiseach,Leoplatform to advance the Irish agenda in America. Guests of note included H.E. Varadkar , TD Prime Minister of Ireland addressed the 600+ guests attending TheDaniel Mulhall , Irish Ambassador to the U.S; H.E.Edward F. CrawfordU.S. Ireland Funds event as part of his St. Patricks Day visit to the U.S. The AmbassadortoIreland;MichaelTatham ,TheBritishEmbassyChargeGalas theme was A Celebration of Irish Americas Commitment to Peace and dAaires; and RepresentativeRichard E. Neal , Chairman of Friends of Ireland Reconciliation. and honored leaders in business and government. House Speakerin Congress.Nancy Pelosiof the U.S. House of Representatives received The Ireland FundsDistinguished Leadership Award andMatthew Shay , President and CEO of the1David Cronin, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi,8House Speaker Nancy PelosiAn Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Shaun Kelly 9Shaun Kelly, Matthew Shay, David CroninNational Retail Federation received The Ireland Funds Business Leadership2Shaun Kelly, Cong. Richie Neal,10 Cong. Richie Neal, Cong. Peter KingAward. Special recognition was given to CongressmanPeter King , Co-ChairHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi 11 Cong. Peter King3Shaun Kelly, Hon. Elizabeth Frawley Bagley,12 Suzanne Corcoran Early and guestsof Friends of Ireland in Congress. The evening was a gathering of Irish andHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Susan Davis,13 John Feehery, Shannon McGahnCong. Peter King, Mark Tuohey 14 Guest, Paul QuinnIrish American leaders in business, government, philanthropy and the arts. The4Shaun Kellyevent celebrated Irish culture and heritage and generated support for the work of5An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar Photos: Erika Layne and Caitlin Taylor6Cong. Richie Neal, House Speaker Nancy PelosiThe Ireland Funds. The annual Gala is a key opportunity to celebrate Irish-7The National Building Museum1 23 4connect 202060'