May 25, 2019
Irish Intl. Immigrant Center Sets Record, Raising $210K

May 21, 2018 — The Irish International Immigrant Center, a Boston nonprofit that assists newcomers to successfully transition to new lives in Greater Boston and the United States, recently announced it raised a record $210,000 at its annual Business Leaders Breakfast.

Funds raised through the event, held May 11 at the Boston Harbor Hotel, will support the center’s legal, education, wellness, and learning exchange programs that support newcomers in gaining stability and security.

Ronnie Millar, executive director of the Irish International Immigrant Center (IIIC), said “the overwhelming support for this year’s Business Leaders Breakfast signifies an increase of awareness around the issues that immigrants and refugees are facing given the current political environment.”

The breakfast drew 300 attendees, and surpassed its fundraising goal of $200,000.

Last year's Business Leaders Breakfast raised approximately $175,000, attended by 230 people.

Funds, which comprise 10% of IIIC's annual budget, were raised through corporate sponsorships and ticket sales, with more than 65 companies and organizations represented at the event.

Sponsors included the Arbella Foundation, John F. Donohue and Frances L. Robinson, Hugh Johnson Advisors, Law Office of Gerard Doherty, Cetrulo LLP, Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation, Rasky Partners, Inc., Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation, Des Mac Intyre, Ironshore, and Sullivan and Young LLP.

At the breakfast, the IIIC’s Learning Exchange Program celebrated its tenth anniversary as a designated visa sponsor under the U.S. Department of State. The IIIC works with the business community to place international university students and recent graduates in internships in their field of study.

In his 2017 review, Millar noted, "The Administration’s anti-immigrant policies have brought severe hardship to immigrant and refugee families, and have resulted in the detention and deportation of tens of thousands from the country they call home. Too many of our neighbors are living in fear and uncertainty, instead of the hope that our country once promised. These policies have been an attack on American values, and on immigrant families across the nation."

To address those challenges, IIIC represented 2,200 immigrant families, which included support for homeless immigrant youth and immigrant survivors of domestic violence.

IIIC also expanded its staff last year in response to increased need for its services.

Founded in 1989 by immigrants, the IIC, reflecting the Irish tradition of social justice and hospitality, is a multi-service center that provides legal, wellness, and education services; advocates for systemic change; and facilitates cross-cultural community building.

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