2021 Community Champion Awards

2020 Community Champion Awards NOMINATE for 2022 2021 Community Champions event photos 2021 Community Champions journal

DateDecember 2, 2021

Location Rosie O'Gradys
800 7th Avenue
New York NY

The Irish Echo Community Champion 6th Annual Awards were held on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at Rosie O’Grady’s, 800 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019.

The nominations are open to people from all walks of life, every kind of job, and will shine a light on the efforts of those who serve and advance worthy concerns and causes, and by doing so are living up to the best traditions of the American Irish.

Award winners can be well-known or true unsung heroes.

All will have in common the drive and desire to help their families, friends,  neighbors, and communities.

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2021 Community Champion Honorees

Sister Marie Sorenson, St. John’s Bread and Life
Glenn Greff, Resource Center Coordinator at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center
Vera Scanlon, US magistrate judge in the Eastern District of New York
Michael Caplice, Long Island Director for the Office of the NYS Comptroller
Becky Carroll, Considered one of Chicago’s top public affairs strategists
Ryan Cook, established a volunteer based mental health organization, The Hope Corner.
Erin Kathleen Kelleher, Westchester community based General Pediatrician
Aniela Nastase, Westchester based Pediatrician
Jason Loughran, Executive Director of Special Projects for the New York City Department of Veterans’ Services
Saoirse Moloney-Stevenson, The Center for Discovery Food Quality and Safety Control Coordinator
Kevin Mead, Executive Director of the IPPF
Kathleen Power-Cronin, New Jersey Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Ramapo College
Callan Gist, volunteers at organizations including Special Olympics and Hunkapi Farms, and is an active member of the Arizona Irish Cultural Center.
Shauna McGrath, Youth Development Officer for Foróige based in the Aisling Irish Center
Declan Walsh, Director of Community Outreach and Service Learning at John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Eileen Colleran Sprague, Director of the Irish in NY Oral History Project
Ryan McNally, Director of Social Care at New York Irish Center
Stephen Long, New York Irish Center’s Director of Arts & Culture
Melissa Schulz, the Office of the Attorney General - Child Support Division and member of the Harp & Shamrock Society of Texas.
Tom Mc Grath, runs 100s of miles and produced a film about addictions and recovery.
Tim Bohen, business professional who lives in Buffalo and author of Against the Grain: The History of Buffalo’s First Ward (2012)
Bobby Donlan, spends retired life with the Giving Kitchen, Hospitality Business Network and volunteer /Board of Directors with Ignatius Jesuit retreat center Atlanta Robert Emmett Donlan Jr.
Kerry Purtill is a a pediatrician at Children’s Medical Practice at 29 Elm St. in Tuckahoe New York
The mission of the Gaelic American Athletic Assoc. of Buffalo, NY Inc. (dba Buffalo Irish Center) is to act as the fulcrum through which our Irish culture and heritage can be shared with the community.
Michael Lamb is the Pittsburgh City Controller serving in his 4th term having first been elected in 2007
John Manning entered the FDNY EMS training academy at Fort Totten. For the past 25 years John has served New York City with pride and the love of giving back to his community and is currently the New York State President for the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America
Mick McEvilley, . Practiced law 47 years. Play guitar, banjo, and sing with the Woodpickers since 1981, with Kettering Banjo Society since 1999, with Celtic Font since 2010, and on my own, of course.
: Lynn Bushnell was vice president for public affairs at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT for 25 years.
Dr. Marc Rabuse has spent his career in private practice enjoying general pediatrics. He has a special interest in pediatric infectious disease.
Daniel Dromm has been a progressive leader in Queens for over 20 years. Dromm was elected to the New York City Council in 2009 and represents District 25 (Jackson Heights & Elmhurst). He serves as the Chairperson of the Finance Committee.


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