On Friday, December 6, 2013, Concern Worldwide’s 13th Annual Winter Ball was held at the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park. Approximately 250 guests attended the event, which raised more than $135,000 in support of Concern’s programs to eliminate extreme poverty and suffering in 27 of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable countries.
Concern Worldwide U.S. fundraising manager, Aisling Studdert, and senior development officer, Dara Burke, formally welcomed guests and kicked off the program. Crystal Wells, communications officer, and Kieran McConville, videographer and multimedia producer, then spoke about their recent experiences in two countries where Concern is responding to humanitarian emergencies—the Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. They then introduced a video, shot and edited by Kieran, that showed stories from Afghanistan, Haiti, Malawi, and the Philippines.
John Murphy, co-chair of the event, led the proceedings, helping Concern raise more than $17,000 through a raffle as well as an auction. “Every year, I have a wide smile on my face in the week or two leading up to the Ball and an even wider one in the weeks thereafter,” said Murphy. “The holiday season should be about those of us who have so much good fortune to think of others and help out through giving. The way Concern makes you feel at the Ball, bringing you into the work they do, is so positive and infectious—it just fills the room each year with a truly joyous feeling.”
DJ Rollman provided the entertainment while the after-party continued at Fetch Bar and Grill.
Many thanks to our incredible committee, without whom this would not be possible: co-chairs Shane Naughton and John Murphy and committee members Niamh Alexander, Kevin Brennan, Larry Carroll, Jean Clancy, Stephen Cullen, Ruairi Curtin, Joseph DiPasquale, Robert Dunne, Aisling Garvey, Mark Jafar, Niall O’Brien, Nav Ramzan, and Michelle Vandamme.
Many thanks to our supporters and sponsors, which include Amity Hall, Bua, Navigator Entertainment, Inc., The Penrose, Sweet Afton, Viacom, Wilfie and Nell, and The Wren.
“We are hugely grateful to everyone, particularly our committee, for attending and supporting Concern through the Winter Ball,” says Studdert. “Concern is truly blessed to have so many people come back to the Ball each and every year and we look forward to seeing everyone back again in 2014.”