Washington's Irish Ball

We invite you to join us Saturday, February 23, 2013 at the Madison Hotel, Morristown, New Jersey.

Every year, the IACI commemorates this unique historical moment with the Washington’s St. Patrick’s Day Ball, fittingly held within a stone’s throw of Washington’s Headquarters National Park in Morristown.  The Washington's St. Patrick's Day Ball is an annual gala to benefit the established educational, arts, and cultural programming of the Irish American Cultural Institute (IACI).  The evening is a blend of history, pageantry, music, and dance. 

The centerpiece of the ball is the IACI’s Annie Moore Award presentation. The Annie Moore Award is bestowed on an individual who has made significant contributions to the Irish and/or Irish American community and legacy.  The Washington’s St. Patrick Day Ball is one of the IACI’s most successful fundraising events and provides vital support to the programs and initiatives of the Institute.

The evening begins with a cocktail reception and traditional fife and drum troupe lead the transition from the cocktail hour to the ball room.  The Ball commences with a re-enactment of George Washington’s 1780 St. Patrick's Day proclamation.  Dinner is served and attendees will enjoy dancing to the music of The Billy Keenan Prime Time Band, an Irish-American band providing the perfect blend of Irish traditional jigs and reels and American rock and roll. 

This year’s honoree is Kevin Cummings. Kevin was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Investors Bank on January 1, 2008. He was also appointed to the Board of Directors on the same date. From July 2003 to January 2008, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

Under Mr. Cumming’s leadership, the Bank was recently recognized in Sandler O’Neill’s report, “Class of 2011 Bank and Thrift Sm-All Stars”, as one of the top 25 performing, publicly traded, small-cap banks in the United States. In addition, Mr. Cummings received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® 2011 New Jersey Award for his success in transforming the Bank into a growth company.

Sponsorship & Ticket Information

Commemorative Dinner Journal

Show your support for the IACI and the 2013 Annie Moore Award recipient with an advertisement or congratulatory message in the Dinner Journal.

Back cover:  $1500                                          Inside front or back cover:  $1000                   

Gold Page:  $500                                             Silver Page:  $350

Full Page (B&W):  $200                                   Half Page (B&W):  $100

Sponsor Listing:  $50



Sponsorship Opportunities


Gala Sponsor:  $10,000

Two Available.  Includes premier seating for table of 10, special recognition on all press releases and at the event, outside back cover ad in the Dinner Journal.


Cocktail Hour Sponsor:  $5000

Includes a Gold Page ad in the Dinner Journal,


Entertainment Sponsor:  $5000

Includes a Silver Page ad in the Dinner Journal.


Invitation Sponsor:  $2500

Includes a Silver Page ad in the Dinner Journal.


Centerpiece Sponsor:  $1000

Includes a B&W ad in the Dinner Journal.


In addition, all sponsors receive the following:  recognition in evening program, company logo on sponsor signage at event, recognition in Eire-Ireland, logo prominently placed on IACI website for one year, recognition in IACI e-news.


Table & Ticket Options



Founding Fathers Table:  $4000

Includes premier seating for table of 10 and a Gold Page ad in the Dinner Journal, recognition at event and in program, recognition in Eire-Ireland


President's Table:  $2000

Includes premier seating for table of 10 and a Silver Page ad in the Dinner Journal, recognition at event and in program, recognition in Eire-Ireland


Table:  $1625

Includes seating for table of 10 and special recognition at the event.


Individual Ticket:  $175

Includes cocktail reception, dinner, open bar and entertainment.

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Irish Contribution to the American Revolution

“On more than one imminent occasion, Congress owed their existence, and America possibly her preservation, to the fidelity and firmness of the Irish.”  George Grieve, Travels in North America, in the Years 1780, 1781 and 1782

In the midst of the American Revolution, General George Washington issued an official proclamation in recognition of St. Patrick’s Day. In honor of the high percentage of Irish-born and Irish-American troops under his command, the proclamation declared March 17, 1780 a holiday for the Continental Army stationed in Morristown, New Jersey. It was the first holiday granted to the troops in two years.  General Washington awarded this holiday “as an act of solidarity with the Irish in their fight for independence".

People from Ireland were the largest single group to arrive in the thirteen colonies in the seventy-five years leading up to the American Revolution. Having fled an oppressive system at home, these immigrants needed little persuasion to enlist in the cause of American liberty. Many people of Irish ancestry, therefore, are to be found among the officers and leaders of the rebellion. Sources claim anywhere from 35% -66% of the colonial forces were Irish.

Irish born participants in the Revolution and the birth of this nation include:

• The first Secretary of the Continental Congress and the designer of the Great Seal of the United States, Charles Thomson
• 3 signers of the Declaration of Independence: Matthew Thorton, James Smith and George Taylor; six were of Irish background: Charles Carroll, Thomas Lynch, Thomas McKean, Edward Rutledge and George Read
• 4 signers of the Constitution: Pierce Butler, Thomas Fitzsimmons, James McHenry and William Patterson
• Printer of the Declaration of Independence, John Dunlop
• The father of the American Navy, John Barry
• 5 Aides decamp of General Washington
• Sharpshooter Tim Murphy of Morgan’s Rifles
• Sixteen generals were from Ireland, including Generals Moylan, Montgomery, Knox
• The Pennsylvania Line was also known as the Line of Ireland
• First units to be sent by France were the Irish Brigades under Walsh, Dillon and Roche
• State governors, Thomas Burke of North Carolina and John McKinly of South Carolina; first governor of Pennsylvania – George Bryan
• Fedanus Burke, one of the most notable figures in revolutionary South Carolina.
• Washington’s intelligence men: Hercules Mulligan and John Honeyman
• Architect of the White House, James Hoban

Thus, the Irish were an integral part in the fight against the British during the American War of Independence. They are rarely recognized for their contributions.

“May the Kingdom of Ireland merit a stripe in the American Standard” – Marquis de Lafayette, 1779 on the contributions of the Irish to the American Revolution