Join us Friday October 23rd for the 2020

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) Gala to be held on Friday, October 23rd, 2020 from 7 to 10 PM with cocktail hour from 6 to 7 PM.

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!

This year, like so many organizations, we have had to rearrange our annual event to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our community and staff. As such, we are pleased to announce a new format to this year’s Anam Cara Gala. This year, we will be offering a hybrid format for the Anam Cara Gala. What does this mean? More ways to participate!

There will be four ticket types:
– In person for Members (registration closes Oct 16th)
– In person for Non-Members (join now for only $20 and save $25 on your ticket price by becoming a member HERE) (registration closes Oct 16th)
– Online with a take-home wine, cheese, pastry basket (to be picked up before the event) (registration closes Oct 16th)
– Online viewing only (registration closes October 22nd)

To ensure safety and social distancing, in-person seating is extremely limited. Additionally, tables will be limited to six people (if all in a family/cohabitating/specifically requested) or 4 people (two groups of two) with 6 ft of distance between each table.

We are pleased to announce that The Black Donnelly’s will be performing LIVE and IN PERSON for our entertainment! Join the band sweeping the nation (literally) for this special evening.

Typically, this event serves 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. With the ever-changing nature of the year, we instead will honor our entire community with a look back at the past 20 years and a look forward to the next. Likewise, we would like to honor front line workers
for their hard work in keeping our community safe this year – and every year.

Have a memory you would like to share? Email the photo or video to by
OCTOBER 13 for a chance to be featured.

We look forward to you joining us for an evening of reflection, friendship, and service. 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 and will ensure the survival of
our beloved Center for many years to come.

If you or your business would like to sponsor this event please email for more information. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.


$75.00 per person