The Ireland Funds Texas hosted an Appreciation Reception at The Fairmont Hotel Dallas to thank and publicly acknowledge supporters and friends of The Ireland Funds. John Fitzpatrick, Chairman of The Ireland Funds America, expressed his gratitude for the support and encouragement guests graciously offered throughout the past two decades. He then introduced Darina Padian, the new Texas Director, who acknowledged past and current board members, chairs, committee members and loyal volunteers who have generously given of themselves to help The Ireland Funds succeed in Texas and beyond.
In addition, Darina announced the dates of the 2019 fundraising events – the Texas Emerald Ball, Saturday, March 9 and the 21st Texas Irish American Cup Challenge, Monday, May 13. American Airlines’ Scott Sirianni, VP of Regional Sales, announced plans for American Airlines to start a seasonal direct flight from Dallas to Dublin beginning June 6, 2019 through September 28, 2019. The program ended with John Tillotson, long-time supporter and Chair of the 2019 Texas Irish American Cup Challenge, promoting and generating excitement for the upcoming tournament and the new tournament location at TPC Four Seasons, Las Colinas.
It was an extraordinary coming-together of friends old and new to celebrate the philanthropic impact the Texas chapter had made for Ireland and beyond. The commitment to The Ireland Funds’ mission was renewed as those attending looked forward to a fresh roster of events and the bright future of The Ireland Funds in Texas.
Photos: Can Turkyilmaz