Connect Managing Editor / Feature Writer Rachel Alabiso, Art Direction / Design Hania Khuri-Trapper, Khuri Design, Print Management Lori Kraemer W.E. Andrews Plant Lead Project Photographer Aengus McMahon The Ireland Funds is a global philanthropic network established in 1976 to promote and support peace, culture, education and community develop- ment throughout the island of Ireland, and Irish-related causes around the world. With chapters in 12 countries, The Ireland Funds has raised over $580 million for deserving causes in Ireland and beyond, benefiting more than 3,000 different organizations. For copies of The Ireland Funds America’s audited accounts, go to We welcome your comments about The Ireland Funds and Connect magazine. Please send all correspondence to the Editor. connect 2018 • 4 On the Cover Thanks to your support, The Ireland Funds is able to assist the Children’s Medical & Research Foundation (CMRF). Jack is just one of the many children that have received extraordi- nary care from CMRF.