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65connect 2016 Thirteenth Annual New Jersey Golf Classic SEPTEMBER 2015 Over 100 golfers arrived at Bayonne Golf Club to play Irish links style golf in New Jersey. Pat Tully National Director of the Young Leaders greeted the guests and thanked the presenting sponsors BMW and Delta Air Lines and golfers before sending them out for the 11am shotgun start. Out on the course the golfers competed in multiple skills contests including closest to the pin longest drive straightest drive and a hole-in-one competition with a rst-class golf trip to Ireland aboard Delta Air Lines as well as a putting contest with a chance to win a BMW bicycle. The guests then moved into the dining room for dinner and were addressed by The Worldwide Ireland Funds President and CEO Kieran McLoughlin. Kieran then introduced the Co-Chairs Matthew McBride and Patrick Leahy who addressed the supporters and introduced the evenings honoree Chuck Reagan. Chuck has been a loyal supporter of The American Ireland Fund and has attended all 13 of the NJ Golf Classics. Chuck spoke about the importance of philanthropy and his connections to The American Ireland Fund and to Ireland itself. Pat Tully then followed up with a spirited live auction that included a VIP trip to the US Open Tennis tournament in 2016 and a trip for 4 people to meet the Zac Brown Band at any stop within the US on their tour with Delta Air Lines generously providing the travel. The Dallas Shamrock Shootout OCTOBER 2015 The 22nd Dallas Shamrock Shootout was hosted by American Ireland Fund Board Director Kevin Curley to benet Integrated Education in Northern Ireland. Amid bright Texas sunshine the overall winning team of Fionn MacCumhaill GAA Club team comprised of Ronan Noonan Peter Kenny Barry OReilly and American Ireland Fund Young Leader Davey Devlin came up the fairway slightly ahead of Greg Boots team comprised of Greg Lucas Boyd Pat Walsh and Joe Shockey for an exciting nish. All retired to the clubhouse for a grand nale of dinner drinks and auction. In attendance were Young Leader Kevin Curley II and AIF Board Member Mike Corboy. Brian Small Fundraising Manager NI from the Integrated Education Fund attended from Ireland and brought along Jake Proctor an 18-year-old product of integrated schooling in Northern Ireland. They expressed their profound gratitude to Kevin for his support of their cause. The Shootout has raised around 1M since its inception and Kevin recently had a nursery school in Cranmore near Belfast named in his honor as recognition of his dedication to peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland. Matthew McBride Kieran McLoughlin Patrick Leahy Chuck Reagan Joe Posch Brian Small Kevin Curley Tim OBrien Pat OBrien Joe Matina Shane Naughton David Turner Shaun Kelly Ronan Noonan Peter Kenny Barry OReilly The 2015 NJ Golf Classic Committee Debbie Breslin Kevin Curley Brian Digan