From left, Ronnie Millar, IIIC executive director; Robin Jones, Solas host; Laoise Moore, Consul General of Ireland to New England who accepted the Solas Award given to Leo Varadkar, An Taoiseach of Ireland; John F. Donohue, Solas host; Linda Dorcena Forry, of Suffolk Construction; Tony Rodriguez, Solas Awardee and BPS student; Maura Healey, Massachusetts attorney general and Solas Awardee; Kevin Mawe, the IIIC’s acting board president.
Viewed as Boston’s Welcome Center for immigrants and refugees, the Irish International Immigrant Center (IIIC) celebrated 30 years of supporting families from around the world at its annual Solas Awards last month. The event honored Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, and Tony Rodriguez, a Boston Public Schools student.
Surrounded by community support, the Awards event raised a total of $725,000 for the IIIC’s vital work, and through the contributions and pledges of the 500 guests, the IIIC raised more than $80,000 that evening.
“Looking back over thirty years of helping more than 40,000 immigrants on their journey to new beginnings,” said IIIC. Executive Director Ronnie Millar, “I am deeply grateful for all the staff, volunteers, supporters, partner organizations, and board members who have made all of this possible. We look forward to continuing to work toward a society where all are welcomed and valued.”
Added Solas Awards hosts Robin G. Jones and John Donohue, who is also co-chair of the IIIC Advisory Board: “It’s a privilege to have the opportunity to play a role in recognizing the extraordinary track record of such a special organization. The work of the IIIC has always been critically important, but never more important than during these most challenging times.”
The IIIC assists immigrants and refugees from more than 120 countries by providing the legal, wellness and educational support they need to build successful lives. Immigrants benefit from receiving the organization’s services and engaging more deeply in their new communities, and, the IIIC adds, existing communities benefit just as much when immigrants are safe, welcomed, and able to fully participate in society.