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Eileen McDonnell Honored at Concern U.S. Seeds of Hope Awards

Eileen McDonnell speaks at Concern Worldwide U.S.'s annual Seeds of Hope dinner in November. (Photo: Courtesy Concern Worldwide U.S.)

By Irish America Staff
December / January 2018

Concern Worldwide U.S. recognized Penn Mutual chairman and CEO Eileen McDonnell at its 21st annual Seeds of Hope dinner in November.

McDonnell was honored for her outstanding dedication to improving the lives of the world’s poorest people, particularly women and young girls. “I am humbled by Concern Worldwide’s perseverance in their commitment not only to emergency relief, but more vitally, to people’s long-term needs,” she said in her keynote address.

Over 600 attended the gala dinner, including David Donoghue, former representative of Ireland to the United Nations, and Brian d’Arcy James, three-time Tony award nominee and star of Broadway’s Hamilton (and McDonnell’s cousin), who also performed.

In total, the dinner raised more than $2 million, with more than $230,000 raised on the night of the event – a record for Concern Worldwide. ♦

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