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Bono, Barry for Concern dinner


By Irish Echo Staff

Concern Worldwide U.S. will hold its 22nd Annual Seeds of Hope Award Dinner at Cipriani Wall Street this evening, Tuesday.

The dinner is the global international humanitarian organization’s single-largest fundraising event, with added significance provided this year by the 50th anniversary of its founding in Dublin, in 1968.

Special guest for the gathering is Bono and the emcee will be Samantha Barry, Editor-in-Chief of Glamour Magazine.

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Concern Board Chairperson, Joanna Geraghty, President and COO of JetBlue Airways will present the 2018 Seeds of Hope Award to Craig Vosburg, President of North America for Mastercard, in recognition of his commitment to innovation, inclusion, and equality.

“U2 lead singer Bono, a longtime friend of the organization, will join emcee Samantha Barry onstage for a conversation, and entertainment will be provided by the P.S. 154 choir,” said a release.

More than 700 guests are expected, including corporate and political leaders, and members of the diplomatic community, the release stated.

Concern Worldwide ( is a non-governmental, international humanitarian organization dedicated to reducing suffering and working toward the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty.

With nearly 4,000 highly skilled and committed staff, Concern is active in 25 of the world’s poorest countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the Caribbean.

Working together with communities, Concern strives to save and transform lives every day through emergency response programs and longer-term development initiatives, including health and nutrition, climate resilience and disaster risk reduction, primary education, water and sanitation, and livelihoods support.