The 24th Washington DC Event took place on Tuesday November 25th at The Hay Adams, The Rooftop Terrace honouring Mike McCurry, President Public Strategies Washington Inc. / Former White House Press Secretary and Ambassador Paula Dobriansky, Former Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs / President’s Special Envoy to Northern Ireland.
Jim Boland, President Flax Trust/America welcomed guests, Union Leaders and representatives, Business, Government and Academia were in attendance.
Mike McCurry, President Public Strategies Washington DC/Director Flax Trust/America introduced Fr Myles Kavanagh C.P. founder/Chairman Flax Trust.
Fr Myles gave an overview of the early days of Flax Trust in Washington – meetings at State Department and Security Council.
Mike O Neil Esq K & L Gates/Director Flax Trust/America gave a financial report.
Jeff Finkle, President & CEO IEDC/Director Flax Trust/America reported on Ulster Community Investment Trust (UCIT).
Mike McCurry introduced a DVD showing cross sections of Flax Trust Bursary recipients from the School for Social Enterprises in Ireland (SSEI); two youth clubs across the divide in North Belfast; Flax Trust Inter Community School Choirs Gala Awards (FISCA) in Belfast City Hall and Post Primary Education grant recipient.
Hon James Walsh K & L Gates/Director Flax Trust/America introduced Honoree Ambassador Paul J Dobriansky.
John Feehery, President Quinn Gillespie Public Affair/Director Flax Trust/America introduced honoree Mike McCurry.
Following awards presented by Sr Mary Turley Director Flax Trust, guests were addressed by Irish Ambassador to Washington DC Anne Anderson; Norman Huston, Director NI Bureau North America; Susannah Goshko representing British Ambassador Sir Peter Westmacott
Professor Pat O Shea Vice President and Chief Research officer, representing University of Maryland gave an update on the working relationship with the University of Ulster.
Pattie Cunningham Account ManagerUnited made the presentation to Hon Tom Donahue winner of the round trip to Ireland courtesy of United.