Don’t be green with envy… Join us this Saturday for the 2020 Celtic Connection

March 4, 2020- The 2020 Celtic Connection will take place this Saturday, March 7th at the Boston Marriott Newton to raise awareness and funds for Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency. Come out to support the 12th annual Building Friends for a Cure event while celebrating Irish heritage and St. Patrick’s Day with friends and family. Wear your favorite green attire and enjoy a traditional Irish dinner of delicious corned beef and cabbage. Live music will be performed by “Hogan’s Goat” and Irish step performances by students at The Harney Academy of Irish Dance. Feeling lucky? Guests can also bid on the silent auction and can participate in the Pot ‘O Gold 50/50 Raffle.

A highlight of each year’s event is the presentation of the Shillelagh Award. The Shillelagh is a traditional Celtic weapon associated with Ireland, and the award symbolizes the battle that Alpha-1 doctors, researchers, and leadership wage against Alpha-1. We can’t wait to announce this year’s awardee.

This Building Friends for a Cure event would not be possible without the incredible commitment of the local New England Alphas. We are grateful for the dedication of the 2020 Celtic Connection Committee Members: Bob Healy (Chair), Julie Berry, Team Bravo, Dan Coffin, Kathi Coffin, Sheila Favazza, Joan Garry, Siobhan Lestina, Angela McBride, Joanne Mellady, Pattie Murphy, Bob Stoker, Margaret Stoker, Judith Vargus-Vila, Richard Vargus-Vila, Fred Walsh, Ginger Watkins and Rick White.

Thank you to our generous sponsors that make this evening possible: AlphaNet, Apic Bio, Beam Therapeutics, Berry/White Family, Binnall Family, Brigham and Women’s Hospital Lung Center- Dr. Hersh, Buonanno/Redmond Family, Ruth & Gordon E. Cadwgan, Chris Rizzo, Cisco, CMIT, CReM of Boston University and Boston Medical Center-Dr. Kotton & Dr. Wilson, CSL Behring, Dell/EMC, Dicerna, Eversana, Joan & Oliver Garry, Grifols, HealthNET, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Navin, Haffty & Associates, Petrie’s Flower Shoppe, Presidio, Reidy Family, RoundTable Technologies, SpyGlass MTG/Lighthouse Computer Services, Inc., The Ergonomic Group Inc., Trillium Technical, University of Massachusetts-Dr. Flotte, Versatile Technologies and Vertex.

The Celtic Connection has become the largest Building Friends for a Cure event. For more information on organizing a fundraising event, please contact Angela McBride at (877) 228-7321 ext. 233, or

The Building Friends for a Cure program is supported by AlphaNet, CSL Behring, Eversana, Grifols, Takeda and Vertex.

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