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2023 Eileen D. Foley Award Recipient

Dr. Robert W. Hickey


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The Event

This event is sold out! Email to be put on the waitlist.

It will be held on September 28th at the

Wentworth by the Sea Country Club!

Each year, FFI presents the Eileen D. Foley Award to a New Hampshire citizen(s) who takes personal responsibility in making the world a better place. Bob's family, friends, and fellow community leaders will gather to present him with this year’s award and watch as he is “roasted” by members of his family, colleagues, and long-time friends.

Robert (Bob) W. Hickey, MD

Bob currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Portsmouth Regional Hospital and is a member of the Community Investment Committee for the Foundation of Seacoast Health.

Bob is a founding board member and former chair of HealthCare Gives, a giving circle for Seacoast healthcare professionals which has provided over $300,000 in grants to local nonprofits that support health and wellness on the Seacoast. Bob served on The Music Hall Board of Trustees from 2011-2020 and is a former board chair, also having been a member of the Executive, Governance, Corporate Sponsorship and Executive Director Search Committees. He has recently been a member of the Regional Advisory Board of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

Bob has led professional organizations including the New Hampshire Allergy Society and the New England Society of Allergy and is Past-President of both organizations. He has served a five-year term as the physician representative on the NH Air Resources Council, a nine-member, Governor-appointed panel that advises the NH Department of Environmental Services on air quality issues.

Bob remains active at his NH alma mater as the Dartmouth Medical School Class of 1987 Secretary and co-chairs the Reunion Committee.  Bob has also served on the town of New Castle Recreation Committee and the board of The Surf Club of Rye.

Bob moved to the Seacoast after growing up in Buffalo, New York, graduating from Syracuse University, then Dartmouth Medical School. Bob completed his Pediatric Residency at Brown University School of Medicine, where he was also Chief Resident. He then served four years in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corp and obtained the rank of Major. After completing an Allergy/Immunology fellowship at the University of Buffalo School of Medicine. Bob, and his wife Patty, moved to the Seacoast and joined Allergy Associates of NH, the largest allergy/immunology practice in Northern New England, where he is a managing partner. Bob remains a board-certified Allergist/Immunologist and Pediatrician.

Bob is humbled and honored to receive the Eileen Foley Award. Friends Forever International’s mission to educate and empower youth and foster connections across cultural and religious barriers resonates with his lifelong commitment to health and well-being and to the young people who are our future.

Bob resides in New Castle with his wife Patty, the Director of Global Initiatives and English instructor at Phillips Exeter Academy, and has two adult children, Arya and Gavin.

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About the Eileen D. Foley Award

Each year FFI 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 if they truly represent the spirit of the award and Eileen D. Foley, its namesake.

If any community members have suggestions for the selection committee, please contact FFI Executive Director Stephen Martineau at or a member of the FFI Board of Directors.

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About Eileen D. Foley

In 2008, when we were brainstorming an annual award to recognize people in the community 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 $10,000,000 to invest with the Friends Forever International endowment held with Impax Asset Management.

If you would like to join us in honoring Eileen, please send in your support to:

Friends Forever International

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.

Sponsorship Levels

This Event is Sold Out! Email to be put on the waitlist.

Platinum Sponsor


  • 10 seats in prime location (1 full table)

  • Marquee acknowledgment

  • 2 full-page ads in event program

  • Recognition in all press releases, event materials

Diamond Sponsor


  • 10 seats in prime location (1 full table)

  • Marquee acknowledgment

  • 1 full-page ad in event program

  • Recognition in all press releases, event materials

Presenting Sponsor


  • 10 seats in prime location (1 full table)

  • 1 full-page ad in event program

  • Recognition in all press releases, event materials

Leading Sponsor


  • 10 seats (1 full table)

  • 1 full-page ad in event program

  • Recognition on event poster

Sustaining Sponsor


  • 6 seats

  • 1/2 page ad in event program

  • Recognition on event poster

Supporting Sponsor


  • 2 seats

  • 1/3 page ad in event program​

  • Recognition on event poster

Individual Sponsor


  • 1 seat

  • Listed in event program

  • Recognition on event poster

Program Ad Sponsor

$1,000 - $2,000

  • $2,000 - 1 full-page ad in event program

  • $1,000 - 1/2-page ad in event program

All sponsorships and gifts in Bob’s honor will be matched by Paul & Jessica McKeon.

For additional information, please contact Amelia at

or give us a call at 603.397.5301.

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