Annual Black Tie Dinner


Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of the Jersey Shore
45th Annual Men’s Black Tie Dinner on Friday, March 9, 2018

SPRING LAKE HEIGHTS —The 45th Annual St. Patrick’s Black Tie Dinner was held on Friday evening, March 9, 2018, at Doolan’s Shore Club, Route 71, Spring Lake Heights, at 6:30 PM. The popular black tie event celebrating St. Patrick’s Day promises to attract another sellout crowd, with proceeds from the dinner benefiting educational grants for deserving college bound high school seniors of Irish heritage and other charitable endeavors.

The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Board of Trustees selected Timothy C. Hearne, Jr., the President and CEO of United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties (UWMOC) as the 2018 Irishman of the Year.  Tim is the grandson of three Irish Immigrants who came to America in the 1800’s. During his time at United Way, Tim successfully transitioned the UWMOC to a community impact model and was very active in the rebuilding of Monmouth County after Superstorm Sandy, raising close to $7 million for the United Way Rebuild NJ program and the Monmouth County Long Term recovery Group. Under Tim’s leadership, the United Way organizations in Monmouth and Ocean County merged and announced a $1 million challenge grant, the largest gift to a United Way in the state.


The Board of Trustees also conferred the 2018 Order of St. Brendan Award to Ray O’Hanlon. The Order of St. Brendan honors native born sons of Ireland who have added to the luster of their Irish heritage here in the United States. Born in Dublin, Ray is a graduate of University College Dublin. He worked with the Irish Press newspaper group before moving to the United States in 1987. O’Hanlon joined the Irish Echo in 1988 and began his career with the paper by expanding its coverage of Irish-American life and activities beyond the New York area.

O’Hanlon’s particular beat has long been the immigration issue and his 1998 book, “The New Irish Americans,” is considered a definitive account of the battle for immigration reform waged by the Irish Immigration Reform Movement and other Irish-American organizations in the late 1980s and early ’90s. “The New Irish Americans” was the recipient of a Washington Irving Book Award. Ray’s personal success and outstanding efforts represents a true Irish immigrant success story.  He also served as a commentator on the PBS broadcast “Out of Ireland” television series.

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