Join us for the 2019

anam cara awards gala

The Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation, the founding organization of the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library, is coming up on our major charity event of the year, the Anam Cara (Soul Friend) Emerald Anniversary Gala to be held on Saturday, October 19, 2019! We’re looking forward to having you attend this fundraising effort, which supports our mission and goals.

Join for what promises to be a great night of dinner, live music and entertainment to showcase what we’re all about, a silent auction, laughter and craic, and a gathering of friends old and new!

The Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library host the annual Anam Cara Gala as an evening in which we recognize individuals who have exhibited exemplary individual or community service and leadership to the Irish community and Celtic culture.  

We look forward to you joining us in honoring our awardees for their years of dedication and service while simultaneously supporting rich cultural programming in Arizona. Your tax-deductible donation to the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library will improve access to dynamic Irish culture, arts, and education for people of all ages and backgrounds – expanding the hearts and minds of our community at large.

Entertainment

 

Patrick hails from the Emerald Isle’s Capital city Dublin, where he is a well-known performer and recording artist. Patrick studied Singing in Dublin at the prestigious “BEL CANTO SCHOOL OF SINGING,” where the teachings are centered on expression and telling the story.

 

He has brought his vocal excellence to many countries including Sweden, Germany, as well as touring theatres on the East Coast of the United States. Patrick has appeared on TV and Radio shows in the United States, Europe, and in his native Ireland and has released  three albums to date.

 

Patrick is very much committed to the Art of Singing and also enjoys bringing a high energy of dancing to his Shows. After entertaining in most corners of the globe including a regular show in Las Vegas he is excited to bring a high-quality evening of entertainment to the Anam Cara (Soul Friend) Emerald Anniversary Gala.

 

Patrick’s favorite pastime is meeting New People so when you meet him please say HELLO!

 

 

Sponsorship and Support

 

Sponsorship packages present businesses and individuals the opportunity to support the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library in a way that provides co-branding and showcases your support of the great Celtic community of Arizona. Sponsorship opportunities are available at a variety of levels from $750 to $15,000.

 

This year’s Gala is a special, celebrating the 20th (Emerald) Anniversary of the Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation (ICLF), the parent organization of the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library. The past 20 years of the organization has been a fantastic journey. The organization has many ambitious plans looking forward to the next 20 years. Please help us make the accomplishments of the next 20 years even better by providing your support. Anam Cara Gala sponsors are essential to the success and financial health of the organization. We would love to create a sustaining partnership that will have reciprocal benefits in the future

 

Please email us at anamcara@azirish.org for more sponsorship information.

 

We look forward to your joining us in honoring our awardees for their years of service. Your tax-deductible donation to the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library will provide and improve access for people of all ages and backgrounds to dynamic arts, educational, and cultural programming for the state of Arizona.

 

Click here to see the Sponsorship Brochure.
Click here to see the Sponsorship Form.

Purchase your sponsorship and tickets in advance for maximum visibility and benefits

ANAM CARA (AH-nem KAH-ruh) ………………………………………………. $15,000
Soul Friend of the ICLF – Title Sponsorship
• VIP table – 10 Gala tickets with a first row/center stage, preferred table
• Top billing logo placement on all of our event signage and sponsor recognition during promotional campaign
• Full-page color ad in event program and inside front cover recognition
• Link to sponsor webpage on the ICLF website for one year
• VIP private pre-reception with Anam Cara Award recipients
• ICLF Honored Recognition in 2020 Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day Parade
• ICLF One-Year Emerald Membership ($1000 value): this includes having name on Library donor wall and rate reduction for one private rental at organization

 

FLAITHIÚLACH (Fla-hool-ock) …………………………………………………. $10,000
The Gift of Giving
• VIP table for 10 Gala tickets first row preferred table seating
• Prominent logo placement on event signage and sponsor recognition during promotional campaign
• Link to sponsor webpage on the ICLF website for six months
• One full-page color ad in event program and inside front cover recognition
• VIP private pre-reception with Anam Cara Award recipients
• ICLF One-Year Emerald Membership ($1000 value): this includes having name on Library donor wall and rate reduction for one private rental at organization

 

COMHALTAS (COAL-tas) ………………………………………………………….. $7,500
Learning Together
• VIP table for 10 Gala tickets with a preferred seating table
• Half-page color ad and sponsor recognition in event program and prominent logo placement on all event signage
• Sponsor recognition during promotional campaign
• VIP private pre-reception with Anam Cara Award recipients
• ICLF One-Year Emerald Membership ($1000 value): this includes having name on Library donor wall and rate reduction for one private rental at organization

 

CÉAD MÍLE FÁILTE (kayd MEE-luh FAHL-cheh) ………………………………. $5,000
One Hundred Thousand Welcomes
• VIP Access includes 8 Gala tickets with a preferred seating table
• Half-page color ad in event program and sponsor recognition listing in event program
• VIP reception with recipients
• ICLF One-Year Tara Membership ($500 value): this includes having name on Library donor wall

PLÉARÁCA (PLAY-raw-ka) ………………………………………………………….. $2,500
Merrymaking
• 6 premier seating Gala Tickets
• Quarter-page color ad in event program and thank-you recognition on table signage
• ICLF One-Year Shamrock Membership

IRISH CULTURAL CENTER ………………………………………………….. $1,250
• 4 premier seating Gala Tickets
• Quarter-page color ad in the event program
• ICLF One-Year Family Membership

 

ACADEMY OF IRISH AND CELTIC STUDIES …………………………… $750
• 2 premier seating Gala Tickets
• Logo listed in the event program
• ICLF One-Year Family Membership

 

Program Ads and Well-Wishes

 

Full page Color: $400
Half Page Color: $225
Quarter Page Color: $120
Well Wish: $35 (30-word limit)

 

Click here to see the specs for program ads and email anamcara@azirish.org if you would like to purchase an Ad or Well Wish.

 

Silent Auction Items

 

If you would like to donate an item or service for our Silent Auction, please fill out the Anam Cara Gala Auction Donation Form 2019 and return to anamcara@azirish.org

 

Ticket Prices:

Members of the Irish Cultural Center & McClelland Library
Single ticket: $125
Table of up to 10: $1,250

Non-Members of the Irish Cultural Center & McClelland Library
Single ticket: $150

Table of up to 10: $1,500

*If you would like to take advantage of your paid membership benefits, please create or log into your account on the ticket page.
**Please purchase all tickets only from the official website. We will not accept resold tickets at admission. Scammers may attempt to sell fake tickets at a lower price.

Our 2019 Honorees

Jan Murphy

Jan Murphy “discovered” the Irish Cultural Center when she saw Mary Moriarty on TV advertising the 2009 St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Faire. The ICC was sponsoring a tour to Ireland and Jan signed up. That fall Mary invited Jan to stop by “to see about volunteering” for the Autumn Celebration at the ICC and Jan unexpectedly became the coordinator of all the volunteers at that event and then continued in that role for the ICC for the next 8 years.

With her background in teaching, she was prepared for the challenge of crowd control and multi-tasking. Jan planned many events and encouraged the participation of hundreds of volunteers. She enjoyed serving on the Board of Trustees for several years and coordinated
the Core Council activities for three years. Having helped organize many past Anam Cara Galas, she is profoundly touched to be an honoree this year. She’s sure that her paternal great-grandparents from County Armagh are smiling down on her. Jan taught high school math and English in Shakopee, Minnesota, for 34 years. The Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program selected her for the 2004 school year in Kimberley, South Africa. She moved to Phoenix in 2006 and worked here as a tutor and tax-preparer.

Jan is active in many clubs and organizations. She edits publications for the Sun City Players Community Theater and sometimes acts in productions. She often drives her 30-foot Class CR-V around the southwest but uses airplanes for her frequent international travels.

Tom Montgomery

Tom Montgomery was born in The Bronx, New York to parents, Thomas and Eileen. Tom Sr. emigrated to NYC from Co. Clare and Eileen from Co. Mayo in 1969. Tom was raised in the thriving Irish community of NYC and its suburbs, with summers at their family home in
Quilty, Co. Clare. After a few years of university in Boston and then Limerick City, he graduated with a B.A from SUNY Purchase College, shortly before making the move to AZ in 2002. He has a young son who happens to be a proud little Irishman named Conor who is 9
years old.

After working in the bar restaurant business since the age of 16, he harassed local publican Seamus McCaffery for a job upon his arrival in the valley. Seamus eventually gave in, and Tom started work at Rosie McCaffery’s and was thus introduced to the Irish community in
Phoenix, and thankfully got his start in a new town. Close to 18 years later, Tom is a co-owner of Tim Finnegan’s Irish Pub and the Kettle Black Kitchen and Pub. During that time, he also earned a master’s degree in education from ASU.

An avid reader and self-declared historian, he supports the Irish community in any way possible. He is an Irish music aficionado known to sing a few ballads on occasion. Tom visit’s the old country and is immensely proud of his bonds with family and friends across the pond.
He is unequivocally humbled by this honor and looks forward to being a true friend of the Irish community in the years to come.