IN-NOLA is honored to host its Famine Commemoration Gala at Gallier Hall on Saturday November 8, 2014.
New Orleans has been selected by the Irish Government to host the 2014 International Irish Famine Commemoration (IFC) which will honor New Orleans’ Irish and celebrate the triumph of Famine survivors in the face of tremendous adversity with several activities scheduled November 6th through November 9th . Previously selected cities include New York, Sydney, Liverpool and Toronto.
Activities during the four day event will have a distinctly New Orleans flavor as the city’s Irish and Irish American community rally for this historic remembrance. The IN-NOLA Black-Tie Gala is one of the weekend’s highlights.
Illustrating the importance of the Gala, many Irish dignitaries are expected to attend including Culture Minister Jimmy Deenihan, the Irish Ambassador to the United States, H.E. Anne Anderson, and, it is hoped, the Irish President, Michael D. Higgins.
For this special occasion IN-NOLA has secured the great (and aptly named) Celtic rock band, Black 47. Led by Irish author, and playwright, Larry Kirwan, Black 47 play a uniquely Irish form of rock 'n' roll that touches on many social and political issues, and yet is never less than entertaining and riveting
Tara O’Grady and her Black Velvet Band will also provide musical entertainment. Tara O’Grady is the full package, combining celtic, folk, blues, and especially jazz in her unique style. Of course, as always, the IN-NOLA gala will feature traditional Irish music and dance presented by local groups.
Currently registration for the Gala is open for IN-NOLA members and members from our sister IN-USA chapters at a discounted price until May 1st. After May 1st, Gala ticket prices will increase by $50 per ticket. These tickets will be available to both the general public and to IN-NOLA members.
There are two levels of tickets – General Admission and a limited amount of private patron party tickets. Food from some of New Orleans' finest restaurants and beverages are included in the General Admission ticket price. In addition, Patron party guests also get to mingle with the Irish dignitaries, enjoy great food from Dickie Brennan’s restaurants and eclectic entertainment in a private party atmosphere in advance of general admission . A portion of the proceeds of the Gala will benefit charities dedicated to providing Famine relief and dedicated to relieving hunger. Also, a portion of the proceeds will support IN-NOLA's annual scholarship program.
Dress code is Black Tie for men and cocktail attire for women.
The schedule of events is as follows:
6:00pm – 7:00pm Patron Party
7:00pm – 11:00pm General Admission to Gala
Spacing is limited so we encourage all members to register now and to have any friends that want to attend become IN-NOLA members as soon possible so that they can register for the event before the event is made available to the general public and to avail of the discount pricing.
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