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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Boston's Charitable Irish Society Presents Silver Key Awards

The oldest Irish organization in the United States - the Charitable Irish Society in Boston - is giving its annual Silver Key Award this year to three worthy recepients: fiddler Larry Reynolds, radio host John Curran, and immigrant advocate Chris Laverty.

The award ceremony takes place on Thursday, October 29, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street in Boston.

The Society was formed in Boston on March 17, 1737 by a group of Irish immigrants who were concerned about the welfare of fellow countrymen who were falling upon hard times.

The Society's mission, according to the early records, was to help Irish immigrants "reduced by sickness, shipwreck, old age and other infirmities and unforeseen accidents, (and) for the relief of their poor and indigent countrymen."

The mission remains primarily the same today, albeit in a modern context, according to Society President Kelley Kassa.

"The Society bestows the Silver Key to a few outstanding members of the Boston Irish community," Kelly says. "The proceeds from the reception are used to underwrite the works of the Charitable Irish Society in helping individual Irish immigrants on an as-needed basis."

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