2015 Silver Key Awards Reception
Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel,
138 St James Ave, Boston
Tickets are $125 each
with sponsorship levels starting at $500
To purchase tickets or sign up as a sponsor of this event:
Register & pay online at: www.CharitableIrishSociety.org
Mail: The Charitable Irish Society
c/o Sandra Moody, 56
Thomas Park #3, South Boston, MA 02127
About The Charitable Irish Society
Founded in 1737 by merchants and traders with Belfast backgrounds, The Charitable Irish Society is the oldest Irish Society in North America and has been unique in its inclusive membership of both Catholics and Protestants. Since its founding, the purpose of the society has been to provide aid and assistance to newly arrived Irish immigrants in the Boston area as they face the multiple challenges of adjusting to and assimilating into a new city and country.
The Charitable Irish Society's Silver Key Awards Reception is our primary annual fundraising event. Funds raised are distributed to or on behalf of individual immigrants and to institutions that provide services to immigrants.
2015 Silver Key HonoreesMargaret Stapleton
from Scituate spent the first nineteen years of her life in Ireland. She remains close to her roots and serves on the Board of the Irish Pastoral Center and is also a past President of the Eire Society. Mrs. Stapleton is known in particular for her work with the homeless. In true Irish form, she first learned of the Pine Street Inn through her parish at St. Mary of the Nativity in Scituate and felt compelled to offer her time and talents. Throughout her career as a senior managing director and vice president at John Hancock Insurance and Financial Services, she was a loyal friend of the shelter and served on its Board of Directors. Her passion, interest in, and support of the homeless population gave rise to the opening of Stapleton House on Harrison Ave in Boston.
is an Irish-born artist who has been living in Boston since 1990. Regarded for his original landscapes, interiors, and figurative paintings, Vincent works from inspiration and intuition. His paintings reveal a remarkable understanding of light — transforming everyday subject matter into images that are memorable and moving.Vincent was born and raised in Kanturk, County Cork, a small town in dairy farming country in southwest Ireland and this gentle, gifted soul moved to Boston in 1990.Vincent’s work has been recognized with awards from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the John Stobart Foundation in Boston, and plein air competitions internationally. He has exhibited his work in galleries in Ireland and throughout the US for three decades, and has presented workshops in Ireland, Nova Scotia, Colorado, Wyoming, New York, and throughout New England. His paintings been commissioned by the Boston College Burns Library, the Irish Cultural Center of New England, the Michael J. Quill Irish Cultural Centre in New York, and other organizations and private collections.
Creative artist Kieran Jordan
is a dynamic performer, teacher, director, choreographer, and writer in the field of Irish dance. Based in Boston, Massachusetts, she has established a professional freelance career spanning more than 15 years.A life-long Irish step dancer, Kieran has performed at concerts and festivals throughout North America and Europe, combining her nimble footwork and sean-nós dance musicality with a warm and uplifting presence.She has produced two DVDs on old-style Irish dance and was honored with a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship in 2008 and a Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grant in 2010.“Besides being a talented and inventive dancer, Jordan stands out as a creative choreographer” (The Irish Voice). Kieran’s teaching mission is to share a holistic view of Irish dance, by preserving, celebrating, and contributing artistically to its living traditions. Her classes encompass Irish dance history, Irish music appreciation, choreography, and embodied technique and repertoire in traditional and “old-style” Irish dance. Kieran is known to all for her beautiful spirit.