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POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 16, 2011 Page 9 by J-Iilda M. Morrill American Ireland Fund Executive Director Steve Greeley, Gala Vice Chairman Peter Eastwood, honoree David McCullough and Gala Chairman James Boyle, left to right, at the AIF 30~ Annual Boston Gala. (Photo by Roger Farrington) More than 1,100 guests gathered on November 17, for The American Ireland Fund's 30th Annual Boston Gala at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel. More than 82.3 million was raised for the American Ireland Fund's "Promising Ireland Cam- paign" to support nonprofit organizations across the is- land of Ireland. Among those who attended the event were James R. Boyle, President, John Han- cock Financial Services; Peter Eastwood. President & Chief Executive Officer, Chartis U.S.; Jack Sebastian, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs & Co.; Mike Sheehan, Chief Executive Officer, Hill Holliday; Karen Kaplan, Pres- ident, Hill Holliday; Robert Kraft, Chairman & CEO, The New England Patriots; and Massachusetts Lt. Governor Tim Murray, to name but a few. The 2011 Gala honored David MeCullough, a Boston resident with Irish roots, and two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award and recipient of Presidential Medal of Free- dom, the nation's highest civilian award. McCullough addressed the capacity crowd and was feted with a re- sounding standing ovation The fundraiser, one of The Worldwide Ireland Funds' 100-plus worldwide events, supports Irish philanthropic causes. The 2011 Gala was chaired by James R, Boyle, President of John Hancock Financial Services; and Peter East- wood, President and CEO of Chartis U.S., served as Vice Chairman. "The Boston Gala his- torically has been among the city's most successlFul fundraising events each year; and this year, under the leadership of Jim Boyle, has been no different. In fact, it has been one of our best," said Steve Greeley, Executive Director of The American Ireland Fund. "The event was at capacity and we were pleased to wel- Come guests from around the world that came to cel- ebrate with us. It is an honor for the Boston Irish-Ameri- can community and its friends to be able to give back to Ireland at a time when our support is needed there now more than ever." Added Gala Chair Jim Boyle, "The American Ire- land Fund Boston Gala has long been one of most antici- pated philanthropic events in the city. It has been an honor to be part of an evening that raises support and awareness of The American Ireland Fund's work across the island of Ire- land. The needs in Ireland are great and the Irish- American community here has heard the call by gener- ously enabling us to surpass our goals for this year's event." The American Ireland Fund is a philanthropic net- work that supports worthy causes in Ireland and around the world. Their mis- sion is to be the largest net- work of friends of Ireland dedicated to supporting pro- grams of peace and reconcili- ation, arts and culture, edu- cation and community de- New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, left, is pictured with Jill and Robert Gallery at the AIF Gala. (Photo by Roger Farrington) Boston's Consul General of Ireland Michael Lonergan, left, and Raymond Keaveney, Director of the National Gallery of Ireland. (Photo by Roger Farrington} History in Cambridge, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. In collaboration with The Christmas Revels, at 6 p.m. the Pinewoods Morris Men will perform the tradi- tional "Abbots Bromley Horn Dance" in the museum's gallery currently featuring the exhibit titled "Headgear: The Natural History of Horns and Antlers." The horn dance is the old- velopment throughout the island of Ireland. Founded in est known English ritual 1976, The Worldwide Ireland dance and features six musician and featured performer in his 32"d year with Revels, will demon- strate horn-based musical instruments such as the gemshorns, the Pibcorn, and his ivory sopranino recorder. At approximately 6:30 p.m. everyone will be invited tO join a processional to the nearby Sanders Theatre, led by the horn dancers (weather permitting). All Christmas Revels ticket holders will be admit- ted free for "Winter Solstice Night at the Museum" in advance of the 7:30 p.m. cur- tain at Sanders Theatre just down Oxford Street. Regular museum admission prices apply for non-Revel ticket holders. During the December 16- 29 run of "The Christmas Revels," show your Revels ticket or ticket stub for half- price admission to the museum. "Headgear: The Natural History of Horns and Antlers" will remain on dis- play through December 2011. For more information, tall 617-495-3045. ....... We are told that "Disney On Ice Presents Treasure Trove" sets the Funds currently operate in human "deer" with antlers gold standard with a magical 12 countries and have weaving in and out in a hyp- medley of Disney tales in Claudia Liberatore, Gwen Cook and Laura Zoll, left to raised more than $370 rail- notic pattern to the sound ofone jam-packed ice show lion for more than 1,200 out- a haunting melody, that commemorates the fight, smile for the camera,(Photo by Roger Farrington) standing organizations. Revels Artistic Director legacy of Disney animated For more information, visitPatrick Swanson will intro-films. This brand-new skat- I~~~LL0 ' duce the performance and ....... 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