Save the date for the 2018

anam cara awards gala

The Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library host the annual Anam Cara (Soul Friend) Awards Gala to recognize accomplished individuals who have exhibited outstanding community service and support of the Irish/Celtic culture. The eleventh annual Anam Cara Awards Gala will be held on October 20, 2018.

This year we focused on the incredible state of Arizona and the lasting impact of the Irish community in our state. The 2017 Anam Cara Award honorees, John Corcoran and Pat McMahon, like the honorees who came before them, put their own special Irish touch on the great state they call home. Previous honorees of the Anam Cara Award have included retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, architect and current board president, Paul Ahern, sitting US Senator John McCain, Arizona’s own Irish Cowboy, Bill O’Brien, and CEO and philanthropist Norman McClelland.

Sponsorship and Support

Sponsorship allows businesses and individuals to support the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library, as well and showcasing their generosity and involvement to the great Celtic community of Arizona. Sponsorship opportunities are available at both the Event and Table level.

Not only will you assist in creating a memorable evening filled with wonderful company, delicious food, excellent live entertainment, and shopping some great auction items but, more importantly, you will contribute to helping us expand the hearts and minds of our community.  Funds raised will provide and improve access to dynamic Irish culture, arts and education for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Please email Anne Marie Geary annemarie.geary@azirish.org for more sponsorship information.

John Corcoran

John Corcoran is a name many in the local Arizona Irish community are familiar with. John was born in Castlemaine, County Kerry. Despite the distance between where he was born and the warm desert of Arizona, John is one of the founders of the Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day Parade. As the current chair, John works year-round to ensure the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day is one to remember for Phoenicians of all ages.

Pat McMahon

John Patrick Michael “Pat” McMahon is a fixture in the world of entertainment and news in the state of Arizona. Pat is best known for his portrayal of numerous characters on The Wallace and Ladmo Show, a daily children’s variety program. He is also a longstanding fixture on the Phoenix broadcasting scene where he has served as program director, disc jockey, and talk-show host. Pat has long been a supporter of the Irish community through his various broadcasting jobs and always strives to speak positively about his heritage.

All proceeds from Anam Cara Awards Gala tickets and sponsorship go to supporting the programming and operations of the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library, which together provide educational and cultural programming for the Phoenix community through classes, exhibits, and special events. The history, music, art, dance, literature, drama, crafts, language, genealogical research, travel, sports, and traditions of the Emerald Isle and other Celtic cultures are presented year-round by the non-profit organization.

Tickets may be purchased online only. Purchase your tickets or sponsorship in advance and join us in honoring our awardees for their years of support to the community while simultaneously supporting rich cultural programming in the Valley of the Sun and what promises to be a great night of music, laughter and craic; a gathering of friends old and new.