About Friends of Rise


Frances Black’s courage in speaking openly about her own recovery from addiction; and her selfless example, giving of herself to set-up a primary care organization that supports family members in their own struggles, inspired fans in Cleveland to reach out to Frances to offer their help in raising funds to advance her vision. 

After consultation and conversations, FRIENDS OF RISE – IRELAND, INC. was incorporated as a vehicle to raise and allocate funds in order to aid Irish families with loved ones in addiction.

In December 2014, FRIENDS OF RISE – IRELAND, INC. staged its first fundraising event at the West Side Irish American Club in Olmsted Twp. Ohio featuring music and dance performed by local Irish artists The Roundabouts, and the Brady-Campbell Irish School of Dance; Eimear Reynolds, of Roscommon (the reigning “Face of Ireland” at the time), as well as noted singer/guitarist Donie Carroll from New York City (originally Cork). Frances Black, as the featured speaker, shared her passion and vision for helping families in Ireland with loved ones in addiction.

In January 2016, events are planned for Cleveland, New York, and Chicago with inquiries from several other cities.

FRIENDS OF RISE – IRELAND, INC. is an American-based nonprofit corporation with recognition for exemption as a public charity by the Internal Revenue Service.  FRIENDS OF RISE – IRELAND, INC. is eligible to receive tax deductible contributions from US-based donors.

FRIENDS OF RISE – IRELAND, INC. was incorporated with the Secretary of State of Ohio on December 31, 2013.  The IRS issued a letter recognizing FRIENDS OF RISE – IRELAND, INC. as an exempt public charity on September 23, 2014.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of FRIENDS OF RISE – IRELAND, INC. has designated general operating support of The RISE Foundation, led by Frances Black, as the sole fundraising project at the present time.


FRIENDS OF RISE – IRELAND, INC. funds are periodically transmitted by wire transfer to the RISE Foundation account in Dublin, consistent with the US Department of Treasury Guidelines for US-based charities that send money overseas.

While administered in Cleveland, Ohio, FRIENDS OF RISE – IRELAND, INC. can accept and transmit donations from any groups or individuals throughout the United States.  The expert volunteers with FRIENDS OF RISE – IRELAND, INC. ensure that the donation is eligible for tax deductions, the funds are properly accounted for, and the money is sent to Ireland in a safe and efficient manner.



Jack Kilroy, Chairman and President johnpkilroy@gmail.com

Jack is an attorney living in Avon Lake.  He is the principal in John P. Kilroy Co. LPA which has a focus on tax exempt organizations and public charities.  

William M. Denihan, Director denihan@msn.com

For over 40 years, Bill Denihan has directed large government agencies at the state, county and local levels and is the recognized authority in turning around and stabilizing government in Ohio.  Currently, Bill serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County. In 2009, he directed the consolidation of both the Mental Health and Alcohol Boards. This is now the ADAMHS Board.

John O’Brien, Jr., Director

John is a published author, Deputy Director of the Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival, and Co-Founder/Co-Publisher, Editor of the Ohio Irish American News, a monthly newsmagazine aimed at the 1.445 million people of Irish descent in Ohio.

William Spencer Reilly, Director

William, based in New York City, has produced award-winning, #1 rated television and special events productions.  In 2011, he founded Sober St. Patrick’s Day® with a mission to reclaim the true spirit of the day and to change the perception and experience of what St. Patrick’s Day can be, both in the U.S. and abroad, by providing family-friendly, alcohol free events celebrating the best of Irish music, dance and comedy.


Quinn Irish Radio

Irish American News Ohio

The West Side Irish American Club

Brady Campbell Irish Dance School

Marianne Mangan

Jack Kilroy, Attorney at Law