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
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
Includes seating for table of 10 and special recognition at the event.
Individual Ticket: $175
Includes cocktail reception, dinner, open bar and entertainment.
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.