By Jill Fox
After a very long wait, State Representative Christine Hunschofsky was honored by The Emerald Society of Fort Lauderdale as “Irish Mother of the Year.”
Named by their committee back in 2019, the society held its 70th Annual Gala at the Signature Grand in Davie — fifteen months and two St. Patrick’s Days later.
The oh-so-green event included Irish music, step dancing, and the presentation of $5,000 in scholarships.
“It’s so nice to be able to celebrate my Irish heritage right here in South Florida,” said Hunschofsky, who grew up in Boston and took Irish step-dancing for more than six years.
Introduced beautifully by her son, John, 20, the “Irish Mother of the Year,” felt lucky to have both him and her father in attendance.
“For me, it was really special because my dad was there, and he’s originally from County Mayo, Ireland,” said Hunschofsky. “And John was home from Georgia Tech and gave the best speech – very hard to follow.”
Other nominees for the Emerald Society’s 70th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Gala included Irish Person of the Year, the Honorable Tom Lynch; Honorary Irish Person of the Year Vincent “Vinnie” Viola; Humanitarians of the Year Dan O’Brien and Terence Michael Glynn; and Community Hero, Don Deyo.
Hunschofsky said it was wonderful to be surrounded by her friends and colleagues after such a long time.
“To be acknowledged as a mother is the greatest compliment you can ever get.”
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- Jill Fox is an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer. She has worked in public relations and television for over 20 years. Fox lives in Parkland with her husband and their two children.
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