Solas Awards 2020

Rian Immigrant Center’s 31st Annual Solas Awards Celebration. 

A virtual event.

If you missed it on October 15th, you can still watch and support Solas.

We hope you will join us!

Watch our Solas Awards Celebration Here!

Solas Sponsorships and donations provide vital funding for Rian’s Legal, Education and Resource & Support Services. Please consider joining our generous Solas Sponsors by making a gift here.

Each year, Rian presents the Solas Award to inspirational individuals whose work resonates with our vision of building a society where all people are welcomed, valued, and enjoy equal opportunities and protections. 


  iuventa10 Crew


The Solas Humanitarian award was presented to the iuventa10 crew for their extraordinary efforts to rescue migrants in the Mediterranean Sea. At a time when the human rights of those seeking refuge are so often violated, Rian stands in solidarity with the crew, recognizing our common mission.

We were pleased to present Solas Awards to Des Mac Intyre, Chair and CEO of Mellon, Irish immigrant and long-time friend of Rian Immigrant Center; and philanthropists Atsuko and Larry Fish. The Fish Family Foundation has supported thousands of people along the path to citizenship and is providing emergency relief to immigrant families impacted by COVID-19.  

Rian’s Courage award was presented to Ngozi Okoye who Rian helped to obtain a green card, and begin a new life in the US. Ngozi is an immigrant from Nigeria who has shown tremendous courage by overcoming personal challenges.

The brilliant Irish duo Saint Sister, voted “Best Irish Act” by the readers of The Irish Times, shared a beautiful performance. Award winning poet and human rights advocate Carolyn Forché shared her poem, “The Boatman”. And finally, we were joined by Irish Consul General to New England Laoise Moore, British Consul General to New England Peter Abbot, and Director/Counsellor of Northern Ireland Bureau Andrew Elliott.

We need your help to continue serving the most vulnerable members of our community.

For more information about sponsoring, please contact:

Sari Foundas, / (617) 542-7654 ext. 47 or,

Ronnie Millar, / (617) 710-4668

Solas Awards Celebration is supported by these generous individual and organization sponsors: 

Pathway Sponsors

Schooner Foundation 

John Donohue and Frances Robinson

Karen Keating Ansara and Jim Ansara

Arbella Insurance Foundation

Mac Intyre Family 

BNY Mellon 

Geraghty Associates


Empowering Sponsors 

Fish Family Foundation

Law Offices of Gerard F. Doherty

Kim Borman and Steven Singer

Nancy Englander and David Ruben




Opportunity Sponsors

Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation

The British Society, In Honor of Steve Clark

Northern Ireland Bureau

J.P Morgan 

Foley Family

Liberty Mutual Insurance

The A.M. Fund


Welcoming Sponsors

Greenpages Inc.

Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation

Full Contact Advertising

Seyfarth Shaw

Kevin and Maryellen Kelley


Patriot Care

Guy Carpenter & Company

Eastern Salt Company

Peter and Janet Kelliher

Paul Revere Transportation

Morgan Stanley

Cahalane Family

David and Karen Hinchen

Cambridge Trust 

Donegal County Council 

General Reinsurance Corporation

Hugh Johnson Advisors 

Isabel Lopez

John Hancock

Martin Sheerin and May Lee Low 


Goldman, Sachs & Co.

John and Diddy Cullinane

NBC Sports Boston

Rasky Partners, Inc.

Niland Family



The Sharma Group at Merrill Private Wealth Management

State Street Irish American Professionals Network

Sandi Moody and Patrick King 

Paul Hartnett

Kevin P. Martin and Associates

Demoulas Foundation 

Jack McGlynn and Robert White


Gentle Giant

Iandoli Desai & Cronin P.C.

Boston Consulting Group

Cisco Systems and NTT

Paul Harnett

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

John White

Century Bank 

Charles and Nancy Donahue

Eoin Reilly and Darlene Donovan

Ernst & Young

Greenough Brand Storytellers

Judith Weiss

Nancy Joyce and Rene Jarquin


Madeline and Jeff Cronin

Edward Ladd

In Memory of Barbara and Arthur Foundas
Dot Joyce Consulting


Many Thanks To…

The Sharma Group – Lawrence DiCara – Mike Buckley – Project Management and Cost – The Brian Honan Charitable Fund

Cahal and Sarah Stephens – Charitable Irish Society of Boston – Ellen O’Connor – Joanna Connolly 

Jeremy Baskin – Robert Hildreth – Jane Etish-Andrews and Kevin Andrews – David Gallogly – Lisa Birk –

Thomas Borman – Susan Glynn – Irish American Partnership – William and Anne McNally –   
Boston Harbor Hotel –  Anne Healy – Mary Ryan – Susan Cohen and Michael Klein


Sponsors as of October 14, 2020