Judy Collins Opens Concern Gala

Joanna Geraghty; kate Johnson; Judy Collins; Colleen Kelly

By Irish America Staff
December / January 2020

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Concern Worldwide U.S.’s Seeds of Hope annual awards dinner got off to a good start with singing legend Judy Collins singing her classic “Both Sides Now,” and classic anthem “Amazing Grace,” telling how she first came across the song. The event took place on Tuesday, October 29, at Cipriani South Street. Concern honored Microsoft and Kate Johnson (President, Microsoft U.S.) Dominic MacSorley, the CEO of Concern talks about the 50-year-old organization founded by Irish missionary priest Father Aengus Finucane. “The lifeblood that started Concern all those years ago is what drives our 3,500 staff every day to work in some of the toughest places on earth.” Dominic citied Concern’s work in Afghanistan as an example.“Today almost four million children are currently out of school in Afghanistan, sixty percent of them girls,  but in the areas where Concern is working we have increased female school attendance to eighty percent. But this achievement can be fragile, especially where security continues to deteriorate. “Our Irish heritage contains many tragic reminders of the desperate plight of migrants fleeing their country either because the land had failed them or to escape insecurity and decades of conflict… It is this history that doesn’t just  create empathy; it creates an obligation to respond. “  

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