Join us for the 2018

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 11th Annual Anam Cara (Soul Friend) Awards Gala to be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018! We’re looking forward to having you attend this fundraising effort, which supports our mission and goals.

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.  This year’s honorees are Jim Daugherty and Declan Fox.

The theme for the Gala is Irish writer Oscar Wilde’s witty comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest. 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!

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.

Purchase your tickets or just register to bid on silent auction items at https://handbid.app.link/anamcara2018 Or mail a check to:

Attn: Anne Marie Geary
Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library
1106 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004

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 , and showcases your support of the great Celtic community of Arizona. Sponsorship opportunities are available at a variety of levels from $750 to $20,000.

This year, we’ve crafted a new Gift Challenge. Be one of 10 generous supporters to donate $10,000 each, which will enable us to meet our year-end goals for the Academy of Irish & Celtic Studies’ curriculum; the Library’s collections and discussion groups; genealogy services; as well as provide matching funds for grants that support our newer literary events, lectures, and cultural activities. As a special thank you for your $10K+ donation, you will receive a top hat to wear at the Gala!

Sponsors who pledged $1,250 and above by August 1st will have their logo included in a full-page color Gala Invitation in the September-October edition of The Desert Shamrock.

As we near the 20th anniversary of the Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation, we’re planning many new programs for our 2018-2019 season, including a new series, The Irish in Latin America, with an exhibit created by Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Your generosity  enables us to provide and enhance our tried and true services, our popular major annual events, and provides the funds to support our new initiatives such as  our Youth Engagement Program.

Please email Anne Marie Geary at annemarie.geary@azirish.org or call (602) 864-2355 for more sponsorship information.

We look forward to your joining us in honoring our awardees for their years of 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.

Purchase your sponsorship and tickets in advance for maximum visibility and benefits and to join us in honoring our awardees for their years of support to the community. 

Jim Daugherty

Jim Daugherty is a Faculty Emeritus with Glendale Community College and a Founding Member of the Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation; he has been President of the ICLF Board, and was also President of the Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Faire Committee. Since 2001, Jim has presented a multi-media commemoration on the anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. An Irish dancer, Jim and his wife, Ann, host the monthly Ceili in the Center’s Great Hall.

Declan Fox

Declan Fox hails from Trim, Co. Meath, son of John Fox of Co. Meath and Francis Fox of Co. Tipperary. He is the second youngest of one brother and three sisters, all of which, reside in Ireland. Declan studied carpentry in his home country and moved to Phoenix in 1994 to establish his contracting business, Fox’s Fine Home Design. He dabbled as a thespian in the Irish play, A Man of No Importance, presented by Desert Stages in Scottsdale. He is part owner of the Irish Wolfhound Pub in Surprise, AZ and is a three-time Ironman, raising money for the Smiletrain charity to benefit children with cleft palate and/or lip in underdeveloped countries. He sings and plays the bodhran and enjoys supporting the local Irish music community. He is deeply humbled and incredibly honored to be chosen for the Anam Cara award and will do anything he can to support the Irish community, the ICC and McClelland Library.