Mayo Society of Greater Cleveland Green and Red Ball
Returns September 17th!
The Annual Ball of the Mayo Society of Greater Cleveland takes place at the InterContinental Cleveland Hotel, 9801 Carnegie Avenue September 17th. This year’s honorees include Mike Gibbons as Mayo Society Person of the Year. Mike is a lifetime resident of Northeast Ohio and the founder of Brown Gibbons Lang & Co., an international investment banking firm with headquarters in Northeast Ohio.
A cocktail reception with traditional Irish music begins the event at 6:30pm, followed by dinner, the Murphy Irish dancers, live music, and a raffle. Guests may buy raffle tickets for prize baskets on site. The Conference, Ball, and raffle support the Society’s mission of forging connections between County Mayo and our local Irish community.
Funds raised enable students from John Carroll University, as well as National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway), to participate in a semester abroad scholarship program, among other charitable aims of the society.
The Ball tops off a weekend conference bringing County Mayo, Ireland officials and business leaders to Cleveland to enhance collaboration.
Tickets are $150 per person; VIP tickets are $250 and include VIP reception.
The Mayo Society
The Mayo Society of Greater Cleveland was founded in 1995; the first meeting, held in the home of Marie and Paul McHugh included Gerry Quinn, Marie McHugh, Kevin McGinty, Steve Mulloy, Jimmy Goggin, and Bridie Talty.
A Constitution and Bylaws were implemented by Neil Conway. They were later revised by Jack Kilroy. During the following years, the membership grew to approximately 200.
In 2005, Tom Scanlon joined the board and recommended becoming a 502c3 tax exempt organization. The first fundraiser was held at Windows on the River in 2005; Enda Kenny from the Irish Government was guest of honor. He was later to become Prime Minister.
James Kilbane from Achill Island sang the National Anthems and all in attendance enjoyed this gala event. Most of the money raised was donated to Fr. Michael Tracey’s parish in Mississippi, which was destroyed by a hurricane. That was the beginning of the Mayo Society’s charitable giving.
Since then, many organizations have been the beneficiaries of the society’s work. Total donations up to COVID have exceeded $250,000. The society will continue to fund programs important to our community, such as the scholarship program with John Carrol University and NUI Galway, and funding for the maintenance of the Irish Cultural Garden.