A Message from the President of the Worcester Hibernian Cultural Foundation
It is with much excitement that I am writing to tell you of a new sponsorship opportunity that we are introducing for the Worcester Hibernian Cultural Foundation. As we continue to grow at our home at 19 Temple Street in Worcester we have decided to create an annual sponsorship plan to serve our patrons better and to give them more benefits and opportunities.
Download WHCF sponsorship form
As many of you know, AOH and LAOH Division 36 use the WHCC as their home base. However, as we are open to the public, not all of our patrons are members of either the AOH/LAOH. Becoming a sponsor of the WHCC will not only give you some of the benefits that the AOH/LAOH receive but extra benefits contingent on your sponsorship status. The WHCC has worked to create a welcoming place to go for both Irish and non-Irish patrons alike. Our mission, in part, is to maintain a center for the Irish community of Worcester and its members. We strive to achieve this by fostering Irish cultural and educational endeavors. In order to have the space needed to provide these opportunities, the initiative to renovate and eventually purchase our current space began back in April, 2005.
When selecting a location for our new home, relocating to The Canal District seemed like the logical choice. The Canal District was home to many of the immigrant Irish who came to Worcester to build the Blackstone Canal; many Worcester-area residents are descendants of these immigrants. After a great deal of work by many we opened our doors on Temple St in November, 2005. Since this time we have worked to fulfill our mission and to develop a place where people can gather for generations to come. Today, the Centre houses a function hall available for public rental, Fiddlers’ Green Pub and serves as a meeting place for several community based, non-profit groups.
In 2011, the Centre hosted over 140 Irish cultural events or meetings for Irish heritage groups with nearly 13,000 attendees. Private functions (such as weddings) introduced the Centre to nearly another 10,000 attendees. In addition to our own events, we offer free meeting rooms for all Irish-based groups as well as cultural activities from other organizations. The Foundation has hosted other Irish cultural activities in the area including Irish language classes, the local visit of Dublin's Artane Marching Band, and the Worcester Rugby club. The Centre offers a number of cultural events: traditional Irish Siesuins, weekly Irish Ceili Dance lessons, dances, performances by world-renowned Irish musicians and dance troupes, theatrical productions, lectures, and Bluegrass jam sessions.
We have also had the extreme fortune to host on the regional and international stage with visits from President Mary McAleese; the Irish, Polish and Israeli Consulates; and regular visits from the state governor, senators, and congressmen.
In order to continue our work, we need your support. On the attached form you will see the different sponsorship levels and the benefits that go along with each level. We have a variety of payment options available and hope that you will be able to help us remain a fixture in the Worcester community for years to come.
Molly O. McCullough