AIF’s New York Gala Dinner
By Irish America Staff
August / September 2002
The American Ireland fund held their annual New York Dinner on May 2, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, raising a record $3million.
The gala event attracted 1,500, among whom were special guests Irish tenor Ronan Tynan, New York Met great Rusty Staub, the founder of The New York Police and Fire Widows and Children’s Benefit fund, and The Chieftains, who received the AIF’s Performing Arts Award in recognition of the group’s fortieth anniversary.
Dinner Chairman Robert J. McCann, Senior VP of Global Securities Research and Economics at Merrill Lynch, presented the inaugural Leslie C. Quick Jr., Leadership Award to dinner honoree Christopher “Kip” Condron, President & CEO of AXA Financial Inc. Condron received an honor for his considerable dedication and generosity to The American Ireland Fund.
The evening also celebrated the Fund’s donation and disbursement of $1 million to 9/11 disaster related charities, including several which benefited children and families of uniformed rescue workers, many of whom were in attendance. ♦