March 29, 2017
The Metropolitan Club
New York City
Join us as we honor award-winning documentary filmmaker
A kinsman of Scotland’s national bard, Robert Burns
Presentation of the Great Scot Award by D. Brenton Simons, President and CEO of the New England Historic Genealogical Society
- Founding Chairs
- Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Hubbard
- Donna Schinderman
- Honorary Chair
- Jill Joyce
- Paula Kirby and Peter McWhinnie
- Elizabeth Owens
- Michael Scott-Morton
- Naoma Tate
The Great Scot Award is presented annually to a Scot or American who has contributed to the countries’ shared heritage. Past recipients include Phyllis Logan, who portrayed Mrs. Hughes on Downton Abbey; comedian Billy Connolly; actor Alan Cumming; and author Alexander McCall Smith.
The award presentation is the highlight of A Celebration of Scotland’s Treasures. The festive evening features a whisky tasting by The Macallan, a recitation of the traditional Ode to a Haggis, and Scottish country dancing. In honor of our Great Scot, Ken Burns, and in celebration of our 10th anniversary year, there will be a special musical performance using a violin from the NTS collection which is thought to have belonged to Robert Burns’ tutor William Gregg and that was used to accompany Burns’ dance lessons at the Bachelors’ Club in Ayrshire in around 1779. Guests will conclude the evening with a rendition of Auld Lang Syne featuring the “Burns Violin” – just as Burns himself did with the same instrument over 200 years ago.
Proceeds from the gala support the conservation of the irreplaceable natural, built, and cultural treasures cared for by the National Trust for Scotland. These include the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, the remote island of St Kilda, and Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s domestic masterpiece The Hill House.
We hope you will join us on March 29th!
For more information, please contact Maggie Fogel at 212-873-2955 or email@example.com