Sponsored by the Donegal Association of Philadelphia
Hello, my name is Marissa Berry and I am a 22-year-old college graduate from outside of Reading in the beautiful Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This spring I had the pleasure of graduating from West Chester University outside of Philadelphia with a B.S. in Business Management. I have recently finished classes at Mainline Center for Bartending in Philadelphia and have a certification in mixology. In the Spring I also completed a year-long internship at United States Liability Insurance where I hope continue my professional experience and gain full time employment when I return home in the fall.
I have loved my studies during the past 5 years, but I also have a real passion for music. I have been singing since I was 9, being trained in both classical and musical theater genres. I have had the pleasure of singing with local groups at home, performing with Brickhouse Theater group in Reading as well as singing in the West Chester University Women’s Choir. I have also had the pleasure of singing the National Anthem around the Berks County area at different events every year. I have 8+ years’ experience playing the flute, and I also am trying to teach myself to play the tin whistle. I grew up listening to traditional Irish music thanks to my grandparents and still listen to it regularly.
Another passion of mine is volunteering. I learned when I was in high school that putting energy into volunteering for a cause that you believe in is a very healthy and positive practice, and it holds true for me to this day. Right now I have 3 organizations that I am currently involved with. The first is Berks Nature, which is a conservancy that provides Science/Nature/Environmental protection education for children. The second is Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership organization which is a life-changing experience that helps to inspire 16-year-olds across America, showing them that they are the Leaders of tomorrow. The third is with my high school alumni show choir, with whom I am currently putting together a concert event for next summer to raise money for breast cancer.
I am extremely honored to have been selected to represent Philadelphia in the 50th Mary from Dungloe Festival. I was introduced to the festival by my beautiful cousin and best friend Aiofe Keegan, who was the 2014 Kildare Mary. I have had the pleasure of traveling to Donegal this past winter, and I couldn’t wait to come back! The culture is rich and the people are unforgettable. I am very excited to spend this once-in-a-lifetime experience with these amazing women.