New friendships and fabulous opportunities. The Rose of Tralee opened so many doors for me. Having participated in the Rose of Tralee for two years, I was able to meet stellar men and women. A few Roses became future roommates and life-long friends. Our children are now friends and international playmates. The Southern California center is especially fortunate to work with the American Ireland Fund charity events. I felt so privileged to meet Bob and Dolores Hope, Liam Neeson, Dana Delaney, Kenneth Brannagh and Gregory Peck. It was an honor to shake their hands, and an honor I would not have had without the Rose of Tralee. A shared Irish heritage and a love for Ireland can bring people together that are otherwise worlds apart. A special thank you to Terry Anderson for his support of the Southern California Rose of Tralee Center.