Friends Forever International Annual Dinner and Roast
Each year Friends Forever International selects a prominent member of the New Hampshire community to honor with the Eileen D. Foley Award at our annual roast-style fundraiser. A former Portsmouth mayor, Eileen D. Foley dedicated her career to public service and charitable causes. After being presented with the award, each year’s recipient is “roasted” by family and friends.
How the Recipient is Selected
Recipients of the Eileen D. Foley award are chosen by a committee comprised of representatives from the FFI Board of Directors and past recipients of the Award. The panel meets several times and looks at a variety of categories including years of service in the “trenches”, scale and scope of service, impact on the community, how they personally align with the values of FFI, and do they truly represent the spirit of the award and of Eileen D. Foley, its namesake.
If any members of the community have suggestions for the selection committee please contact FFI Executive Director Stephen Martineau at firstname.lastname@example.org or a member of the FFI Board of Directors.
The Eileen Dondero Foley Fund
In 2008, when we were brainstorming an annual award to recognize people in the community that were making a difference day in and day out and who we wanted to be an inspiration to our international youth as well as to the local community, the easiest part of the whole process was who we should name the award after Eileen Dondero Foley. She represents the best that the Seacoast has to offer. Her charm, wit, grace under fire, vision, understanding, and commitment to both local and global issues inspired thousands across the street and the world. Friends Forever International was honored to establish the Eileen Dondero Foley Award to commemorate her lifetime of service and to annually recognize those special individuals among us that have taken a personal responsibility to make the world a better place.
With Eileen’s passing in 2016, in partnership with the Foley Family, FFI established the Eileen Dondero Foley Fund. The proceeds from this fund will annually generate enough revenue to bring over one outstanding representative of FFI from our past participants, the Eileen D. Foley Fellow. They will embody the spirit and character of Eileen in perpetuity and share their story at the Annual Dinner and Roast in her name.
The financial goal of this Fund is to raise $25,000 to invest with the Friends Forever International account at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. We are currently at $10,000.
If you would like to join us in honoring Eileen, please send in your support to:
1 Morgan Way
Durham, NH 03824
Memo: Eileen Dondero Foley Fund
Or complete this form and select Eileen Dondero Foley Fund in the appropriate spot.