10th Annual 'A Celebration of Scotland's Treasures' Gala

Tim Llewellyn Photography

Tim Llewellyn Photography

March 29, 2017

The Metropolitan Club

New York City

Join us as we honor award-winning documentary filmmaker

Ken Burns

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
  • Co-Chairs
  • 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.

Reservations and Contributions


We hope you will join us on March 29th!

For more information, please contact Maggie Fogel at 212-873-2955 or mfogel@ntsusa.org

2016 A Celebration of Scotland’s Treasures

Event Partners

A Celebration of of Scotland’s Treasures is generously supported by the following event partners. Proceeds from the gala support the conservation of the natural, built, and cultural treasures cared for by the National Trust for Scotland.

The Macallan

The Macallan is one of the world’s most awarded and admired single malts. This peerless reputation has been built by the commitment of The Masters of Spirit and Wood, the craftsmen at the heart of The Macallan since it was legally licensed in 1824. Their unfaltering obsession with selecting exceptional oak casks and distilling sublime spirits brings an unsurpassed, timeless quality to The Macallan.

Available for tasting during reception and dancing, and for toasting during dinner.

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Connoisseurs Scotland

Luxury Scotland is your gateway to the very best of Scottish Luxury & Boutique Hotels. Wonderful locations, warm Scottish hospitality, great food and service to match. Luxury Scotland partners include the finest golf resorts in the world, incredible castles, outstanding city centre properties, delightful country house hotels and boutique hotels, the ultimate luxury train and the finest hotel afloat. Journey with us, and we will open doors for you that to other people remain closed.

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Scottish Gourmet USA

Scottish Gourmet USA, long-time corporate partner of The Foundation, is the go-to resource for anyone looking for Scottish fare and gifts in America.

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Auction and Gift Bag Partners

The live and silent auction, as well as the evening gift bags, are made possible by the generosity of the following partners. Proceeds from the auction support the conservation of the natural, built, and cultural treasures cared for by the National Trust for Scotland.

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