Philanthropist Loretta Brennan Glucksman, a longtime advocate and supporter of Irish causes, is receiving the 20th annual "Ambassador of Ireland Award" in Holyoke, Massachusetts on Sunday, March 20, 2011. The award is being presented by the St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee and the Government of Ireland.
Glucksman joins a distinguished list of past winners, including: Dr. Eoin McKernan, founder of the Irish American Cultural Institute, musicians Tommy Makem and John McDermott, writer Frank McCourt and US Congressmen Peter T. King and Richard E. Neal.
"As chairman of the American Ireland Fund, Loretta's generosity to both countries is legendary," says US Congressman Neal. "For more than a decade, she has single-handedly helped preserve and promote Irish culture around the globe. I am proud to call her my friend, and I am delighted she will be honored on St. Patrick's Day weekend."
A third generation Irish American, Glucksman grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Her material grandparents emigrated to the USA from Leitrim and her paternal grandparents from Donegal. She attended Allentown Central Catholic School and St. Joseph's College in Philadelphia.
Also being recognized at the St. Patrick's Day ceremonies in Holyoke this March is historian David McCullough, who is receiving the "John F. Kennedy Award" from the parade committee.
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