Gold Medal of the American Irish Historical Society


About the 2019 Annual Dinner

The Annual Dinner of The American Irish Historical Society is a black tie event held each year in early November. This year the Annual Dinner will be at The Plaza, located on 5th Avenue at Central Park South.   This year’s Annual Dinner will be held on Thursday, Nov. 7 2019.  The culmination of the Annual Dinner is the Gold Medal award.  The 2019 Gold Medal recipient is Leo P. (Sullivan) Denault.   If you would like to attend the Annual Dinner, please click on the button below.

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2019 Gold Medal Recipient

Leo P. (Sullivan) Denault
Leo P. (Sullivan) Denault
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122nd Annual Dinner

Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography Photo: Maureen S. Bateman, Leo P. (Sullivan) Denault, Christopher Cahill

The American Irish Historical Society Names Entergy Corporation Chairman and CEO Leo P. (Sullivan) Denault 2019 Gold Medal Honoree

The American Irish Historical Society awarded its highest honor to Leo P. (Sullivan) Denault, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Entergy Corporation with its 122nd Gold Medal.

Each year at its Annual Dinner, the AIHS presents its Gold Medal to a chosen individual of Irish descent. The medalist is chosen for their exemplary life and accomplishments, which highlight the continuing mission and purpose of the Society. On Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019 Leo P. (Sullivan) Denault was presented with the 122nd Gold Medal of the AIHS, in the Grand Ballroom of The Plaza in New York City.

For the evening of Nov. 7, Mr. Denault used his mother’s maiden name, Sullivan, to honor her, his Irish heritage, and the story of the Irish in New York City, New Orleans, and beyond. Mr. Denault calls New Orleans home and sees the enduring landmarks of the early 19th century Irish experience and contributions to his city on a daily basis. These remind him of his story and the story of countless others whose families came in search of the American dream.

“Leo P. (Sullivan) Denault is an exemplar of the achievements that can be reached by the future generations of those who journey across the sea,” said Maureen Bateman, President-General of the AIHS. “The American Irish Historical Society is honored to celebrate the life and career of Leo P. (Sullivan) Denault and to confer upon him the Society’s honor.”

Mr. Denault is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Entergy, a Fortune 500 company, that helps bring power to millions of people living in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Mr. Denault is leading the effort to transform Entergy to a pure-play utility that is deploying new technologies to improve the customer experience while maintaining customer rates that are among the lowest in the country. Entergy is devoted to its community and its team committed more than one hundred twelve thousand hours of volunteer service and nearly $20 million last year alone to help those struggling to make their way.

Mr. Denault also devotes himself personally to local charities and serves on the board of directors for Jobs for American Graduates, a school-to-career program dedicated to removing barriers to graduation and/or employment for young people. In these ways, his life and career reflect the ideals of the Society.

“I am honored to accept this award and grateful to be mentioned in the same paragraph as the distinguished Gold Medal winners who have come before me,” said Mr. Denault. “As with so much about American Irish history, their collective stories of hard work, commitment and perseverance are a source of inspiration and sets the true gold standard for us all to aspire to.”

Previous AIHS Gold Medal honorees include: U.S. Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan; U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan; Cardinal John O’Connor of New York; musician Bono; actor Liam Neeson; Loretta Brennan Glucksman, Chairman of the American Ireland Fund; Author Mary Higgins Clark; Sir Anthony O’Reilly, former Chairman of H. J. Heinz Company; Donald Keough, former President and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company and Chairman Emeritus of Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees; and Declan Kelly, economic envoy to Northern Ireland and former Chairman and CEO of Financial Dynamics.

Prior to the culmination of the evening and bestowal of the Gold Medal, Tadgh J. Crowley presented the Harry Boland Cup to the American Irish Historical Society. Mr. Crowley is the grandnephew of Harry Boland TD who was appointed Special Envoy to the US by the First Dail in April 1919. The cup was presented to Harry Boland by the New York Chapter of the American Association for the Recognition of the Irish Republic on December 26, 1921, the eve of Harry’s third and final departure from the US to return to Dublin to participate in the Treaty Debate at Dail Eireann. The Harry Boland cup, along with his appointment credentials as Special Envoy to the U.S. and a portrait of Boland by Leo Whelan RHA, will be on public display at the American Irish Historical Society at 991 Fifth Avenue.

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