Irish International Immigrant Center Solas Awards Gala 2017

The IIIC is excited to announce the details of our 2017 Solas Awards Gala. As the IIIC's signature annual fundraising event, the Gala honors the many ways immigrants contribute to our society, while supporting the immediate needs of those coming to our shores from across the globe.

The IIIC is thrilled to present the Solas Leadership Award to John F. Donohue, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Arbella Insurance Ground, and the Founding Chair of the IIIC's Advisory Board, John Donohue fully embodies the vision, mission and vaues of the IIIC, and for over two decades he has been our closest friend, benefactor and ambassador.

We are honored to present the Solas Service Award to the Honorable John F. Kerry, former Secretary of State and U.S. Senator. Secretary Kerry, a strong proponent of Comprehensive Immigration Reform and a pathway to citizenship for immigrants, served as the 68h U.S. Secretary of State from 2013-2017 under President Barack Obama, and served as Senator from Massachusetts from 2985-2013.

Finally, we are delighted to present the first ever Solas Courage Award to Noon Elhassan a young woman from Suda who has overcome great odds to build a life here in the U.S. The IIIC assisted Noon and her family in becoming permanent United States residents and today Noon is studying at the University of Massachusetts Boston, pursuing her dreams of becoming a doctor and a U.S. citizen.

Our celebration will be held at the InterContinental Boston on Thursday, October 12th beginning with registration and reception at 5:30pm, followed by dinner and program at 6:30pm. If you would like to purchase tickets for the celebratuon, please visit

We hope you can join us for this special event!