Join us in Boston for the 16th Annual Celtic Connection

The 16th Annual Celtic Connection will take place this weekend on Saturday, March 9th in at the Newton Marriott in Boston, Massachusetts. 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, Bob Healy, Peggy Iverson, Siobhan Lestina, Richard Lovrich, Karin Pittsley, Rachel Spunger, Fred Walsh, and Rick White. The event aims to raise necessary funds for Alpha-1 research and related programs.

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 2024 Receipt. Past recipients are always present to share in their continued dedication and commitment to Alphas worldwide. Past recipients include Dr. James Stoller, Dr. Terrence R. Flotte, Dr. Edwin K. “Ed” Silverman, Dr. Jeanine M. D’Armiento, Dr. Noel G. “Gerry” McElvaney, Dr. Andrew Wilson, Dr. Darrell N. Kotton, Fred Walsh and John W. Walsh.

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. Guest will once again enjoy a traditional Irish dinner of corned beef and cabbage for dinner.

Thank you to our generous sponsors that make the event possible: AlphaNet, Beam Therapeatics, Brigham and Women’s Hospital Lung Center, Ruth & Gordon E. Cadgwan, CReM of Boston University and Boston Medical Center, CSL Behring, Ergonomics Group Inc. (EGI), Joan & Oliver Garry, Grifols, Reidy Family, Seabreeze Floral Design, Takeda, Target Tack, LLC, 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 The auction feature handmade items from Alphas around the country, gift baskets, Irish goodies, travel experiences and more! The auction will remain open until 10:00 PM ET on March 9th.

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