Celebrating its fifth year, the Irish American Hall of Fame (IAHOF) is proud to announce the 2015 class of inductees. Over 400 nominations were submitted from July through September 2014 from individuals all over the world. A specially selected screening group reviewed and culled the nominations into a representative list of candidates. In December 2014, a national body of distinguished individuals representing academia, government, and Irish-affiliated organizations from around the United States selected the winners.
The IAHOF’s goal is to preserve and promote the stories of the Irish in America and the ongoing links between Ireland and the United States. The Hall of Fame was founded by members of the Chicago-based Irish American Heritage Center (IAHC). While the Hall of Fame is an organization born of and operated under the auspices of the IAHC, it is overseen by a separate governing committee and has a national focus. The IAHOF’s initial emphasis will be on electronic and online information and inductees are commemorated with a display at the IAHC.
The 2015 inductees by award category are:
- Arts and Humanities
- Business & Industry
Sister Sheila Lyne
- Public Service
Justice Anne McGlone Burke
Father Jack Wall
Mother Frances Warde, RSM
Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD
2015 Hometown Hero Announced
The IAHOF is proud to also honor Billy Lawless as its 2015 Hometown Hero. The Award recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves as leaders within their local Irish community and have a consistent track record of contributions and service over many years that helped to preserve or strengthen Irish heritage at a local level.
Mr. Lawless exemplifies the meaning of “hometown hero” by his ongoing and tireless efforts in preserving and promoting Irish culture throughout Chicagoland.
The Awards Gala recognizing the 2015 inductees is Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Center.
Cocktails are at 6:30pm. Dinner, music and the awards celebration follow at 7:30pm. Tickets are $200 for general admission and $175 for IAHC members; before March 25th pricing is $150 for members and $175 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the events page here or calling 773-282-7035.
About the Irish American Hall of Fame: Founded in 2010, the IAHOF inducted its first honorees in March 2011. For the complete list of all prior inductees and learn more about the IAHOF, visit www.iahof.org.
For reservations, visit the events page here