CELTIC FC FOUNDATION VIRTUAL NEW YORK GALA A ROARING SUCCESS
Celtic View|Vol 56 Issue 12
CELTIC FC FOUNDATION VIRTUAL NEW YORK GALA A ROARING SUCCESS
CELTIC FC Foundation hosted its Virtual New York Gala last week, and it was a great success, raising a total in the region of $118K/£92K.

In October 2018 and 2019, we held Gala Dinners in Manhattan, in collaboration with our New York Committee and local Celtic Supporters’ Clubs. The events developed a platform to build upon the strong support for Celtic Football Club in the city, and across North America and also helped to form the foundations for a long-term presence of Celtic FC Foundation, within New York City and its surrounding areas.

Our third annual event in Manhattan was planned for last night but, sadly, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic made that impossible. But the need now is greater than ever, as more and more people are suffering as a result of this crisis and are desperate for our support.

So it was an honor to go virtual and have so many supporters from both sides of the Atlantic get behind us, as they always do.

Monies raised will be devoted to our ongoing Football for Good Fund (FFGF), to support those who are most vulnerable within our local communities and in North America.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, we launched the FFGF in March 2020. Since then, the Fund has risen to over $900K/£700K and we have worked with a host of partners to provide urgent food and essentials to those who are vulnerable - families, individuals, the elderly, the homeless, refugees, and frontline medical workers. Our partners include two based in New York - Coalition for the Homeless and Children’s Aid - who received donations to provide vital interventions for families and those who are homeless.

• The two-hour Gala was hosted by Hugo Straney, producer and host of the Hugo Straney Show, and a familiar face to many supporters due to his regular involvement in the NAFCSC’s Las Vegas Convention.

• The evening kicked off with 30 minutes of some of our favorite tunes from Liam McGrandles, who performed at Celtic Park.

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