Who in your life exemplifies a commitment to family, community, social justice, and love?
For the Halsted and Lonergan families, it was Mary Halsted Lonergan, a long-time friend and tireless advocate for IIBA and immigrants. Mary was a loving sister, mother, wife and grandmother and cherished friend to many, and she was the spark that started her family’s three decades of service to immigrants and their ongoing commitment to the work of IIBA.
Last year, in Mary’s honor, they established The Mary Halsted Lonergan Tribute Fund to support immigrants on their path to citizenship.
When we announced the Tribute Fund at the 2018 Comedy Night for Immigrant Rights, it sparked audience members to ask, who would I want to honor this way? We decided to make that possible!
An individual, family, or group of friends or colleagues now have an unprecedented opportunity to establish an IIBA Tribute Fund. With a gift of $2,500, you have the double benefit of honoring a loved one and supporting IIBA in our work to help more immigrants attain citizenship. Each tribute fund helps five immigrants become U.S. citizens.
Who stands out to you in your family or community? Who has embodied hospitality, worked for justice, celebrated diversity, and inspired you to be better? Who has helped you grow roots or find your way? Who has been the beacon of light in your life?
The story of your loved one will be included on IIBA’s website, and we will also announce the new Tribute Funds at our Fourth Annual Comedy Night for Immigrant Rights on April 25, 2019 in SF.
Please join us in paying tribute to the people who embody the values we hold dear: equality, diversity, hospitality, opportunity, and justice for all.
IIBA invites you to consider establishing a Tribute Fund for someone whose life you want to celebrate. Who would you want to honor this way? Who stands out in your family or community? Who embodies hospitality, works for justice, or celebrates diversity? Who has helped you grow roots or find your way?
For more information, please contact Development Manager, Danielle Alvarez, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mary Halsted Lonergan Tribute Fund
In recognition of the 100th Anniversary of IIBA, the Halsted and Lonergan family have lovingly established the Mary MacHarg Halsted Lonergan Fund to honor Mary’s longtime affiliation with IIBA.
This fund will support immigrants on the path to citizenship, a cause Mary strongly believed in and tirelessly supported with her time, energy, and financial gifts.
Mary was the spark that started her family’s three decades of service to immigrants and their ongoing commitment to the work of IIBA.
Mary volunteered as an ESL teacher with IIBA and served on the Institute’s Board for many years. Mary’s commitment motivated her husband, Dick Lonergan, and her sister, Anne Halsted, also to serve on the Board during the 1970s and 80s. When Anne married Wells Whitney in the late 1980s, she passed the baton to him, and he served on the Board for over 10 years.
Mary was a loving sister, mother, wife and grandmother and cherished friend to many. She was an incredible cook, and her annual cookbook with recipes from around the globe has been treasured by family and friends.
The Halsted and Lonergan family’s generosity has inspired IIBA to invite other individuals and families to establish their own tribute funds bearing the name of a beloved family member or friend.
Creating a tribute fund supports IIBA in helping more immigrants attain citizenship and honors loved ones who are committed to social justice.