This virtual fundraiser has been postponed and a new date will be announced when confirmed.


In adherence with US government regulations, and the limitations upon us due to the Covid 19 pandemic, The Hope Foundation is sadly not able to stage our Annual USA Gala event this year. For those of you that attended last year, we hold such happy memories and thank you for helping me celebrate my 20th anniversary of founding the Hope Foundation.

This year, in lieu of attending our Gala event, we are appealing to you to support HOPE’s St. Patrick’s Day virtual fundraiser, to be held on March 18, 2021 at 7:00pm EST, when we will host a drawing by zoom, for high-profile prizes! There are two Grand Prizes and the winning ticket will get to choose which one they would like. The first grand prize is a stay at Ballyportry Castle in County Clare, Ireland, where the whole castle sleeps up to eleven people and can be yours for a 3-night stay. The second grand prize is a specially commissioned painting by Brooklyn-based artist Steven Cogle.

Please see below for list of prizes – new prizes will be added over the coming days.

You will have one chance to win for a $100 donation. For a $500 donation you will receive six chances (1 free) and a donation of $1,000 will give you twelve chances to win (2 free).


Please check back regularly as new prizes will be added over the coming days

GRAND PRIZE: 3 Night Stay at Ballyportry Castle

Donated by Siobhan Cuffe

Ballyportry Castle is a 15th century gaelic tower house, built for the Tánaiste of the O’Brien’s, within the Burren, and 30min by car from the Wild Atlantic Way.

You will have the whole castle and is best suited for 4 guests (2 couples) but can accommodate up to 8 guests, especially if they are a family. This a beautiful venue and location.

This grand prize is valid till March 18, 2023 and is available all months of the year excluding July and August. The winner will need to contact management to secure available dates.

Value: $3,000

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GRAND PRIZE: “Krishna Book Shop” – Commissioned Painting by Steven Cogle

Donated by Steven Cogle / Andie MacDowell

Stunning piece, which depicts a street scene in India, was painted especially for HOPE by Brooklyn artist Steven Cogle. Celebrities including Chris Rock, Michael Jordan, Andie MacDowell and many others are avid collectors of Cogle’s work. The piece is acrylic & oil stick on canvas and measures 35” high x 53.12” long.

When taking on a Cogle piece, an observer must be aware of the many layers of meaning and complexity. Each painting that Cogle paints keys-in on a sacred story, a story that documents the tradition of African people who were spread throughout the diaspora, from the Ivory Coast to the Caribbean to East Flatbush. “When people ask me what my art is, I say its tribal Africa crossed with urban blight. You can definitely see the African influences in my artwork, but yet I want to tell a story about my environment where I grew up.”

Estimated Value: $5,000

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Jacqueline Quinn Designer Dress

Donated by Jacqueline Quinn

The winner can choose a dress from the Couture collection.

Jacqueline Quinn is fashion designer and artist, based in New York City. Jacqueline has been in the fashion business for over 20 years and has designed for my celebrities.

Visit to see the collection.

Value: $2,000

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“Valentine’s Day Lunch At The Plaza” by Valerie Weigand McCaffrey

Donated by Valerie Weigand McCaffrey

Acrylic on panel. Hand painted frame embellished with gold.

This painting is part of a series of “love letter” New York Paintings by the artist that includes Lincoln Center, The Met Opera, and Tea at Essex House, along with many sketches and drawings of uptown places and events. All of the paintings are held in private collections.

The artist has a strong, life long affiliation with Manhattan in general and The Plaza Hotel specifically as she and her husband spent their honeymoon there.

Please visit the artist’s website at to view more of her work and the many fine collections where her work is represented.

Estimated Value: $1,000

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“A Los Angeles Cityscape” by Nicholas Gagliarducci

Donated by Nicholas Gagliarducci

Born in Los Angeles Nicholas has been apart of the art scene since the late 80s. A self-taught muralist, Nicholas has extensive work in other multimedia art platforms including film, music, and fashion. His work has been commissioned for private collections belonging to Nicholas Cage, Patricia Arquette, Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Quincy Jones, Casey Afileck and Josh Homme (Queens of The Stone Age), as well as Silverlake’s Conservatory of Music, the Disney Hall and numerous Hollywood Studios. Currently Nicholas has been creating artwork for John Singleton’s “Snowfall” series on FX.

This stunning acrylic piece is set in a beautiful handmade wooden frame.

Estimated Value: $1,000

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Virtual Concert with Mary Coughlan

Donated by Mary Coughlan

Enjoy a unique personalised 40 minute concert by the wonderful internationally acclaimed Irish singer Mary Coughlan.

The lucky winner can choose their favourite 5 songs from Mary’s extensive repertoire, and add them to the set list for your special musical evening hosted by Mary on a date that suits both parties.

Mary Coughlan is one of Ireland’s greatest soulful jazz and blues singers, a true artist who has crafted a timeless and highly regarded, versatile career with devoted fans worldwide.

Mary has lived through childhood trauma, alcoholism and drug addiction to become a musical force like no other; redeemed and transformed through the creative power of music. She embraces each song with empathy, courage interspersed with humour, emotions that reach way beyond the stage connecting with each and everyone in the audience.


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Songwriting Masterclass with Eleanor McEvoy

Donated by Eleanor McEvoy

In this exclusive workshop on songwriting, multi-platinum selling songwriter Eleanor McEvoy will talk about her creative process and why great songs are more than just lyrics and a melody. She’ll talk about rhyme, chord progressions, groove and the hidden subtleties that provide those unplanned sparks of magic that appear from nowhere.

Whether you’re writing songs already, or you just enjoy listening to them, this workshop will enhance your listening experience and will help unlock your creative potential.

Eleanor McEvoy is one of Ireland’s foremost songwriters. She is the composer and co-performer and producer of “A Woman’s Heart”, the title track for the best-selling Irish album in Irish history. In May 2019 it was voted by the Irish public as being in the TOP 10 of Ireland’s Favourite Folk Songs. It features regularly on screen, most recently in 2019 in the award-winning sit-com “Derry Girls”.


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Solid Gold Coin Necklace by Chupi

Donated by Chupi Sweetman

From Chupi’s Irish coin series this piece is cast from an original Irish farthing coin Chupi found in her grandmother’s sewing box. A little reminder you are worth your weight in gold.

This coin necklace is illustrated with an Irish woodcock, it was minted in 1930 at the very founding of the Irish state.

  • 14k Solid Gold chain measuring 18 inches (45cm)
  • Coin diameter is 14mm total
  • Including the bail is 18mm
  • Thickness is 1.5mm

Value: $495

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Seanchaí Session with Eddie Lenihan

Donated by Eddie Lenihan

60 minute private virtual Seanchaí session with master Irish traditional storyteller Eddie Lenihan. Eddie has been described as “Ireland’s greatest living storyteller”.

Irish fairy stories, naturally, form a prominent part of his huge repertoire, but there are historical tales, too, stories of notable persons (women especially, including the banshee), devil stories, accounts of saints (St. Patrick prominent among them, naturally), of monsters, ogres, giants, ghosts and much, much more.

He lives in Crusheen, Co. Clare, but his travels have taken him as far afield as such places as the USA (over 40 states, including a performance at the Smithsonian Institute and award for contribution to the Arts by the City of Philadelphia), UK, Germany, Belgium, Finland, France, among otherplaces. He is always delighted to bring the fruits of his years’ researches and collecting to whoever he may share it with.


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Virtual Sean-Nós Dance Classes

Donated by Emma O’Sullivan

Enjoy online sean-nós (“old style”) Irish dance classes with All-Ireland champion dancer Emma O’Sullivan

Emma hails from Connemara, Co. Galway in the West of Ireland and has toured the globe with many of the top names in traditional Irish music. She is an experienced workshop facilitator and has spent over 10 years sharing this beautiful tradition.

Estimated Value: $300

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Celtic Jewellery by Irish Goldsmith & Jeweller Declan Killen

Donated by Declan Killen

Celtic jewellery designed and made in Ireland, using gold, silver and platinum and is made using all the traditional methods of craftsmanship and also incorporating modern techniques in the finishing processes. Every piece is individually hand crafted and hallmarked.

Their client portfolio includes collections of jewellery for Queen Elizabeth, Barack Obama, Dermot Kennedy, Design Centre Killkenny, Aer Lingus, National Museum of Ireland, U2, and Trinity College.

Value: TBC

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Traditional Irish Music Showcase with Nuadán

Donated by Nuadán

Nuadán are an extraordinary group of four traditional Irish musicians who play a wide range of traditional tunes and sing sean-nós, macaronic and traditional songs in English.The band focuses on keeping the tradition they were brought up with alive, while also adding something new to the music.

Each member of the band brings a flavour of their own to the ensemble, which brings a fresh and energetic feel to their music.

They have featured recently at the Cork Folk Fest and the Éigse Dhiarmuid Úi Shúilleabháin.

The band comprises of brothers Cárthach Ó Faoláin (accordion, melodeon, vocals), Macdara Ó Faoláin (bouzouki, piano, fiddle, vocals), Pax Ó Faoláin (fiddle, bodhrán, vocals) from An Rinn and Iarlaith MacGabhann (flute, whistles) from Dublin.



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Irish Dance Showcase with Cairde

Donated by Cairde Dance Company

Cairde Dance Company is a new collaboration of very experienced Irish dancers from across Ireland. They have a modern take on Irish Dance, where they combine mainstream music and inventive choreography. The members have featured in major dance shows across the globe such as Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance and have performed on Broadway.

They have over 70,000 followers on Tiktok and are the biggest Irish Dance Crew on the platform, with over 5 million views across all the videos in the last month. They have also featured on TV on a number of occasions where they performed on Ireland’s most-watched TV show The Late Late Show.

One lucky HOPE supporter can be in with a chance to win a 45-minute showcase of this extraordinary talent.


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Signed Robbie Keane Jersey

Donated by Robbie Keane

Irish soccer hero Robbie is the country’s all-time record goal scorer and highest appearance maker.

Robbie visited HOPE projects during his time as player and manager with ATK Kolkata.


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Professional Photographs from Kolkata

Donated by Arthur Carron

Arthur Carron is an Irish PR, press and portrait photographer, and he is a fellow of the Irish photographic federation professional services.

Arthur has travelled to Kolkata with HOPE and this collection of 5 unique photographs are A3 unmounted prints, portraying elements of street life and culture in Kolkata.

Estimated Value: PRICELESS

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Signed Copy of Samantha Power’s “An Education of An Idealist”

Donated by Samantha Power

Irish-American Samantha Power is a journalist, human rights scholar, Pulitzer Prize winning author and government official who served on the National Security Council and as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in the administration of Pres. Barack Obama. She currently serves as the director of the US Agency for International Development under the Biden administration.

Samantha’s book, “The Education of an Idealist” is gripping, candid and witty political memoir that traces her life story from her beginnings as an Irish immigrant to the US through to her work as a war correspondent in the Balkans and her ascent to the White House, where she became the youngest ever US Ambassador to the United Nations.


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Signed Copy of Paul McGinley’s “Landscape of Success”

Donated by Paul McGinley

Paul McGinley is an Irish professional golfer who has won four events on the European Tour. At the 2002 Ryder Cup, he famously holed a ten-foot putt on the 18th hole in his match against Jim Furyk at The Belfry which won the Ryder Cup for Europe. He was the winning captain of Europe in the 2014 Ryder Cup and the first Irishman to captain Europe’s Ryder Cup side.

Paul says “The inspiration for this book came to me through the images that I commissioned as the newly appointed captain of the Ryder Cup 2014.”

This is a limited edition book.