Solas Awards 2020

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

A virtual event coming October 15th.

We hope you will join us!

Sponsor Solas 2020 here!

On the evening of October 15th, Rian Immigrant Center’s Solas Awards Celebration will be held as a special, global and virtual event. From the comfort of your home, we invite you to come together to support immigrant families on the path to new beginnings.

Solas Sponsorships provide vital funding for Rian’s Legal, Education and Wellness Services. In light of COVID-19 and its economic and health effects on the immigrant community, your support will have a tremendous impact. Learn more about our Sponsorship Opportunities 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. 


  Iuventa 10 Crew


We are pleased to present the Solas Award 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.  

The Solas Humanitarian award will be presented to the Iuventa 10 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. 

Rian’s Courage award will be awarded 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, and fiercely advocating for her sick child as a single mother.

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

Sponsor Solas 2020 here!

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 Foundation

BNY Mellon 

Geraghty Associates


Empowering Sponsors 

Law Offices of Gerard F. Doherty

Kim Borman and Steven Singer

Nancy Englander and David Ruben




Opportunity Sponsors

J.P Morgan 

Foley Family

Eastern Bank Foundation

Liberty Mutual Insurance


Welcoming Sponsors

Cahalane Family

David and Karen Hinchen

Cambridge Trust Company

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

Boston Consulting Group

State Street Irish American Professionals

Iandoli Desai & Cronin P.C. 

Rasky Partners, Inc.



Century Bank 

Charles and Nancy Donahue

Eoin Reilly and Darlene Donovan

Ernst & Young

Greenough Brand Storytellers

Judith Weiss

Mike and Rosie Niland 

Nancy Joyce and Rene Jarquin


John White

Madeline Cronin

Edward Ladd

In Memory of Barbara and Arthur Foundas


Many Thanks To…

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 – 


Sponsors as of September 23, 2020