Honoring Brian Stack
In the midst of the American Revolution, General George Washington issued an official proclamation in recognition of St. Patricks Day. In honor of the high percentage of Irish-born and Irish-American troops under his command, the proclamation declared March 17, 1780 a holiday for the Continental Army stationed in Morristown, New Jersey. It was the first holiday granted to the troops in two years. General Washington awarded this holiday “as an act of solidarity with the Irish in their fight for independence".
Every year, the IACI commemorates this unique historical moment with the Washingtons St. Patricks Day Ball, fittingly held within a stones throw of Washingtons Headquarters National Park in Morristown. The Washington's St. Patrick's Day Ball is an annual gala to benefit the established educational, arts, and cultural programming of the Irish American Cultural Institute (IACI). The evening is a blend of history, pageantry, music, and dance.
The centerpiece of the ball is the IACIs Annie Moore Award presentation. The Annie Moore Award is bestowed on an individual who has made significant contributions to the Irish and/or Irish American community and legacy. The Washingtons St. Patrick Day Ball is one of the IACIs most successful fundraising events and provides vital support to the programs and initiatives of the Institute.
The evening begins with a cocktail reception and traditional fife and drum troupe lead the transition from the cocktail hour to the ball room. The Ball commences with a re-enactment of George Washington’s 1780 St. Patrick's Day proclamation. Dinner is served and attendees will enjoy dancing to the music of The Cara Show Band, an Irish-American band providing the perfect blend of Irish traditional jigs and reels and American rock and roll.
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Founding Father's Table $10,000
Commander-in-Chief Table $5,000
President’s Table $2,500
Standard Table of 10 $1,750
Individual Ticket $175
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Dublin born, Brian Stack was educated at O'Connell Schools in Dublin and later graduated from Salford College in Salford, England (College of Marketing).
Brian commenced his career at Aer Lingus, where he held various positions including Sales Manager, North of England and South of England.
Moving back to Ireland, Brian joined the Convention Bureau of Ireland and in 1977 moved to New York with the Irish Tourist Board. In addition to the position of East Coast Manager, Brian specialized in the promotion of Convention and Incentive Travel to Ireland.
In 1984, Brian was appointed Vice President, Sales and Marketing for the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida and in 1990 joined CIE Tours International as President and CEO, North America.
Brian served as President of the Society of Incentive Travel Executives (SITE) and is currently Chairman of the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA).
In addition, is Vice President of the Ireland-United States Council for Commerce and Industry, a Board Member of the Irish American Cultural Institute, Tourism Cares, and CIE Tours International.
Married to Anne-Marie with two grown children, Annalise and Jonathan and a granddaughter, Brian lives in Rye, New York and enjoys many hobbies including the occasional game of golf.