Get ready for the 2023 Celtic Connection- Saturday, March 11th

The 14th Annual Celtic Connection will take place this weekend on Saturday, March 11th in Boston, Massachusetts. For the first time since 2019 the event will take place in person! The event committee has joined together this year to plan another outstanding Building Friends for a Cure (BFC) community fundraiser honoring Irish heritage. Celtic Connection has become the largest BFC event through the outstanding support of sponsors and the dedication and motivation of the longstanding committee including Julie Berry, Dan Coffin, Kathi Coffin, Bob Healy, Peggy Iverson, Siobhan Lestina, Richard Lovrich, Karen Pittsley, Chase Walsh, Fred Walsh, Kailey Walsh, Ginger Watkins and Rick White. The event aims to raise necessary funds Alpha-1 research and related programs.

Guests look forward each year to the entertainment of the Celtic Connection event including live music performed by “Hogan’s Goat” and  the talented youth dancers from a local Irish dance studio, Harney’s Academy of Irish Dance located in Walpole, Massachusetts.  We look forward to seeing their performances again this year. Social media highlights of Alpha, Richard Lovrich interviewing Liam Harney behind the scenes with these phenomenal dancers, students and leaders have been showcased on the Foundation’s social media outlets. Guest will enjoy a traditional Irish dinner of corned beef and cabbage.

A highlight of every year 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. The Foundation looks forward to presenting this award on Saturday night to the well-deserving 2023 Receipt. Past recipients are always present to share in their continued dedication and commitment to Alphas worldwide.

Thank you to our generous sponsors that make the event possible: AlphaNet, CSL Behring, Grifols, Takeda, Ascella Health, Beam Therapeutics, Brigham and Women’s Hospital Lung Center, Ruth & Gordon E. Cadwgan, CReM of Boston University and Boston Medical Center, Egronomics Ergonomics Group Inc (EGI), Eversana , Joan & Oliver Garry, Michael Winik, Petrie’s Flower Shoppe, Presidio, The Reidy Family, Patty Tew, Target Tack LLC, University of Massachusetts, Vertex and WEI.

Not in Boston? Want to support the event? You can bid online at the silent auction, the platform is open to the community: CLICK HERE to view auction items Featured items include a custom built Alpha-1/Celtic themed acoustic guitar made by Alpha, Dan Coffin, autographed sports memorabilia, vacation stays and lots of beautiful Irish themed items.

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