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A Celebration of Scotland's Treasures

Save the Date

Thursday, April 11, 2019

The Metropolitan Club, NYC

This festive event has celebrated Scottish heritage, from poetry and dancing to whisky and haggis, for more than a decade. The highlight of the evening is always the presentation of the Great Scot Award, which is presented to a Scot or American who has contributed to the countries’ shared heritage. Past recipients include Ken Burns, Sir Billy Connolly, Alan Cumming, and Alexander McCall Smith.

About the 2018 Great Scot

Mark Beaumont BEM

Mark Beaumont, record-breaking athlete, adventurer, documentary maker and author, was the recipient of the evening’s Great Scot Award. On September 18, 2017 Mr. Beaumont became the first person to cycle around the world in less than 80 days, an iconic milestone in human endurance, smashing this 18,000 mile record by a margin of over 40 days, averaging 240 miles a day. Mr. Beaumont has become a household name in the UK through his documentaries about ultra-endurance and adventure, taking viewers to more than 100 countries, into the Arctic, the high mountains and around the Commonwealth, as well as surviving capsize in the mid-Atlantic.

Aside from his athletic and broadcast career, Mr. Beaumont is the Rector of the University of Dundee, Patron and Chair for Orkidstudio, the Honorary President of Scottish Student Sport and Patron for the Saltire Foundation. Mr. Beaumont is married and lives in Edinburgh with his wife Nicci and two young daughters.

2018 Event Chairs | Table Sponsors | Benefit Committee

Honorary Chair

Helen E.R. Sayles CBE

Event Co-Chairs

M. Victoria Cummock
Naoma Tate

Vice Chairs

Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Robert Burton
Christopher Gow
Jill Joyce
Paula C. Kirby and Peter M. McWhinnie
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Scott-Morton

Chairman’s Circle

Helen and DuWayne Sayles
Naoma Tate

President’s Circle

Jill Joyce
Ellen M. Poss

Director’s Circle

Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Robert Burton
M. Victoria Cummock
Mrs. Thomas J. Hubbard
Gerald and Jana Klauer
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Scott-Morton


Ambassador Daniele Bodini
Christian and Pierre Daviron
Christopher Forbes
Kennedy P. and Susan M. Richardson
John Wickman


Leslie J. Aitken and Jonathan B. Treat
Thomas S. Kenan
Anna Maria and Wright Palmer
John and Eleanor Rorer
Elise Wagner|Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP


Tosh Barron
Inserra Supermarkets
Janice Carlson Oresman
Lynda Packard
Ned Sullivan|Scenic Hudson
M. Holt Massey and Sandra Ourusoff Massey
Mr. and Mrs. Stanley DeForest Scott


Kirstin and Andrew Bridier
Ms. Helen Cartwright
Mrs. I. W. Colburn
Elissa and Mark Goldner
Paula C. Kirby and Peter M. McWhinnie
Anne E. Impellizzeri
Diana J. Mackie
Quinn Peeper and Michael Harold
Mr. and Mrs. Norman Volk
Nina Christine Yacavino

Junior Circle

Kerry Joyce
Elizabeth Owens

Benefit Committee

Jeannie and Henry Becton
Olivia T. M. Brock
Nan Chisholm
Alan Cumming and Grant Shaffer
Curt DiCamillo
Christopher Forbes
Nicholas and Paula Gleysteen
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel D. Hubbard
Gerold and Jana Klauer
Holt Massey and Sandra Ourusoff Massey
Chas A. Miller III|Birch Coffey
Susi and Alasdair Nichol
Janice Carlson Oresman
Mitchell Owens
Lynda Packard
Paul Roberts
Anne Robinson and Andrew Hamilton
Donna Schinderman
Christine and Keith Scott Morton
Brenton Simons
Pattie and Bob Titley
Charlie Whitfield
Nina Christine Yacavino

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The Live and Silent Auction

The auction offers more than fifty items including experiences, art and antiques, jewelry, fashion and accessories, home goods, and more. The auction is made possible by the generosity of our event partners. Download a PDF of the brochure to view a full list of what is available. 

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About the Great Scot Award

The Great Scot Award is presented annually to a Scot or American who has contributed to the countries’ shared heritage. The recipient is selected by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees and the award presentation is the highlight of the annual gala, A Celebration of Scotland’s Treasures

Great Scot Award Honorees

  • Honorees 2008-2015


     Sir Billy Connolly

    Stand up comedian, actor, musician, TV presenter, and artist


    Richard Scott

    10th Duke of Buccleuch and the 12th Duke of Queensbury


    Ian Gow

    Chief Curator, National Trust for Scotland


    The International Alliance for the Advancement of Scottish Roots Music


    Mrs. Thomas J. Hubbard



    Christopher Forbes

    Vice chairman of Forbes Inc., noted collector and connoisseur


    Alan Cumming

    Award-Winning Actor, Singer, Writer, Producer, Director, and Author


    Alexander McCall Smith

    Internationally Acclaimed Author

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.

ANTA design and manufacture luxury interior textiles, stoneware and fashion gifts from their factory in the Highlands of Scotland.

Luxury Scotland is your gateway to the finest Scottish luxury hotels, restaurants, spas and golf resorts that Scotland has to offer. Long-time partner of The Foundation, Luxury Scotland donates unparalleled Scottish vacation experiences to our live auction.

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.

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. Scottish Gourmet USA provides the haggis for the evening.

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