May 2017 Membership Perks

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Save 10% on tickets to the USA vs. Ireland Rugby Match at Red Bull Arena, as part of the Emirates Airlines Summer Series.

Pre-sale tickets for Michael McIntyre’s Big World Tour.

PLUS… 25 free tickets to the NY Capital District Renaissance Festival in June.

To request discount codes or for more information about how to redeem any of the offers below, please email GEORGE@stgeorgessociety.org


The Play That Goes Wrong
Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG “A GUT-BUSTING HIT!” and The Huffington Post says, “THIS IS THE FUNNIEST PLAY BROADWAY HAS EVER SEEN!” Winner of the Olivier Award for BEST NEW COMEDY, this sidesplitting show-within-a-show is a classic murder mystery chock-full of mishaps and more madcap mania than a Monty Python marathon!

Welcome to opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines), it’s bedlam beyond Broadway’s wildest nightmare and “A RIOTOUS EXPLOSION OF COMEDY!” (The Daily Beast).

Date: Through November 19
Venue: Lyceum Theatre Broadway, 149 West 45th Street
Websitehttp://bit.ly/2pWEa1S

Special Offer: Over 35% off tickets


Michael McIntyre’s Big World Tour

 

Britain’s biggest comedian Michael McIntyre is going global with his Big World Tour. Heading to America for the first time, catch him at the Beacon Theatre in February 2018!

In the UK, Michael has performed three arena tours selling over 1.5 million tickets, including a record 28 times at London’s 16,000 capacity O2 Arena where he was awarded the keys to the venue along with Prince, Take That and One Direction. Around the world, Michael has previously sold out arenas in New Zealand, Australia and Dubai and holds the record for the biggest selling comedy shows in South Africa and Norway.

Michael currently presents his own television show Michael McIntyre’s Big Show on BBC1. The last series averaged over 6.5 million viewers and recently received two BAFTA nominations.

Date: Februrary 1, 2018
Venue: Beacon Theatre
Website: http://www.beacontheatre.com/events/2018/february/michael-mcintyre.html
Special Offer: Pre-sale tickets for $60 (now through May 31, 2017)


USA vs. Ireland Rugby Match at Red Bull Arena
As part of the Emirates Airlines Summer Series, Rugby is coming to New York/New Jersey with the Irish squaring off against the United States at Red Bull Arena!

This June 10 at 4pm, World No. 4 Ireland returns to U.S soil for the first time since their historic victory against the mighty All Blacks at Soldier Field. Coming off a marvelous second place finish in March’s Six Nation’s Cup, the Irish look to do battle with a United States team who’ve just won their first ever America’s Cup Championship.

Now through May 19, select tickets will be a special 10% off when you use the code: SUPPORTER.

Date: June 10, 4pm
Venue: Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ
Websitehttps://www.usarugby.org/usavire/

Special Offer: 10% off select tickets


Brits Off Broadway Festival 2017

59E59 Theaters is the number one Off-Broadway destination in New York City and hosts the annual Brits Off Broadway festival when the best of British theater comes to New York in a veritable feast of new work never before seen in the US!

St. George’s Society members can register for FREE membership (worth $59.59) with 59E59 Theaters and enjoy discounts on tickets to more than 40 productions, all year long, including Brits Off Broadway shows as well as a 15% discount at selected local restaurants and $15 parking with your member ticket stub on the day of show.

Date: April 4 – July 2
Venue: 59E59 Theaters, New York
Website: http://www.59e59.org/
Special Offer: Free membership worth $59.59


The Choral Society of Grace Church in New York’s Spring Concerts

This year, the program features Vaughan Williams’ ‘Dona Nobis Pacem’ and Barber’s rarely performed ‘Prayers of Kierkegaard’. These are both monumental mid-century choral works, for full orchestra, which also succeed in remaining deeply human.

John Maclay is in his 18th season as Music Director of the Choral Society of Grace Church in New York. Under his leadership, the 150-voice ensemble has emerged as one of New York City’s most exciting choruses and is the only large chorus in New York City to perform in mixed formation, not in voice-part blocks.

Date: May 12 &13
Venue: Grace Church in New York, New York
Website: www.thechoralsociety.org/
Special Offer: Save $5 off the door price upon presentation of your membership card (normally $30)


NY Capital District Renaissance Festival

Prepare for a weekend of knights, ladies, minstrels and more amongst the apple trees and strawberry fields of Indian Ladder Farms in Altamont NY.

The festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11, 2017, features performances throughout the day with plenty of time to browse the thirty-plus marketplace vendors.

 

Date: June 10 & 11
Venue: Indian Ladder Farms, Altamont, New York
Website: www.nycapitaldistrictrenfest.com
Special Offer: 25 free tickets to St. George’s Society members (usually $13)


Seamus Heaney’s “Aeneid, Book IV” with Stephen Rea and Neil Martin

Acclaimed actor Stephen Rea teams with cellist Neil Martin to present the U.S. premiere of their staging of Seamus Heaney’s translation of Aeneid Book VI. “There’s one Virgilian journey that has indeed been a constant presence and that is Aeneas’s venture into the underworld,” Seamus Heaney once told an interviewer. “The motifs in Book VI have been in my head for years — the golden bough, Charon’s barge, the quest to meet the shade of the father.”

Heaney’s translation of Book VI of the Aeneid, which he began when his father died in 1986, was virtually complete when he himself died in 2013. Now the Poetry Center teams with Rea and Martin, two of Heaney’s old friends, to present a staged reading of the translation — “a remarkable and fitting epilogue to one of the great poetic careers of recent times,” wrote Nick Laird.

Date: May 22, 7:30pm
Venue: Kauffmann Concert Hall, Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street Y
Website: http://www.92y.org/event/seamus-heaney
Special Offer: 20% discount on tickets


From Dickens to Downton: Victorian and Edwardian Food by Carl Raymond

From Dickens to Downton: Victorian and Edwardian Food by Carl RaymondFrom Dickens to Downton is a journey through British food and dining traditions from the mid 19th century through to the 20th century. Beginning with a look at food references in Dickens which helped establish some of Britain’s most cherished culinary traditions all the way thorough the world of town and country houses known to lovers of Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs, as well as Gosford Park, this talk will take a look at culinary traditions upstairs and downstairs, inside and outside the house. Carl Raymond will lead the audience on a tour of some classic dishes and discuss their background, how they were prepared and served. In addition, he will discuss trends and influences in eating and entertaining from the Industrial Revolution to World War I.

Date: June 15, 6:30pm
Venue: The English-Speaking Union, NYC
Website: https://www.esuus.org/newyork/about/Dickens-to-Downton/
Special Offer: $25 tickets for St. George’s Society members

Take Action with St. George’s Society!

For 247 years, members of the St. George’s Society community have joined together to act as a force of good for individuals in need. From providing college students with funding to complete their education, to aiding the elderly in distress. Whether it be at the end of life, beginning of life, or all points in between – St. George’s provides relief for those who need it most.

We’re asking our members to take action to help expand on the impact St. George’s has on communities in need. The Society is happy to work with you in our Community Fundraising Initiative to plan events, create campaigns, or develop appeals to help raise funds for our charitable programs. We are with you 100% of the way!

St. George’s created a charity fact sheet for members and community partners interested in taking action. Additionally, here are some fundraisers members have hosted in the past:

1. Creating a St. George’s team to participate in any of the 5K runs or challenges that take place throughout the tri-state area.

2. Hosting a brunch or dinner to gather community members, friends, and family for a cause. Cheers to making a difference!

3. It’s summertime! Members in the past have invited the St. George’s community and their families to attend a picnic in Central Park, collecting small donations for food and games.

4. Feeling creative? In the past members worked alongside the St. George’s team to plan the Summer Family Scavenger Hunt throughout Manhattan!

For the elderly individuals in our Beneficiary Program, Scholarship Program recipients, and families in our Emergency Grants Program, every dollar counts towards ensuring the support they receive from St. George’s Society. Our Community Fundraising Initiative allows you the opportunity to help make a direct impact in our community.

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact our Event Manager, Eliane Abou-Assi at eliane@stgeorgessociety.org.

 

English Ball 2017

St. George’s Society of New York hosted its annual gala, the English Ball, on 3 May at the Mandarin Oriental in New York City.

Natalie T. Pray and Antonia Romeo

This year, the Society honored two remarkable women for their impact on the Anglo-American community on both sides of the Atlantic: Natalie T. Pray, noted philanthropist and the first and only female President in the Society’s 247-year history, and Antonia Romeo, Her Majesty’s Consul General in New York and Permanent Secretary of the Department for International Trade.

In addition to celebrating the outstanding achievements of the honorees, the Society held a “Fund-A-Scholar” auction conducted by Hugh Hildesley of Sotheby’s. The auction raised over $90,000 for the Scholarship Program, allowing the Society to continue providing support for well-deserving students.

Preceding the auction, 2016 scholar, Sana, spoke about her journey from Pakistan to Lehman College, and how her scholarship has allowed her to get a step closer to her goal of becoming a cardiac surgeon. She shared with attendees:

 

Sana, 2016 scholar

Education is something I believe everyone should have access to. I hope to inspire future generations to pursue their dreams, no matter what barriers they may face.

In entering my senior year, I thank St. George’s Society and their supporters for believing in me and providing me with the stepping-stone to becoming a cardiac surgeon.

I know I speak for all of [the scholars] when I express my most sincere gratitude and tell you that this program has changed our lives.

On behalf of the scholars and St. George’s Society, thank you for your support.

View photos from the evening.

2016 Scholarship Recipients

Meet a Scholar: Rintu

St. George’s Society established a Scholarship Program for British and Commonwealth students at Lehman College in 2008.

Rintu is a 2016 recipient of the St. George’s Society Scholarship and looks forward to graduating this June. Born and raised in Bangladesh, he migrated to America five years ago to pursue undergraduate education.

He is currently a senior in Accounting at Lehman College, and his goal is to qualify as a CPA and teach accounting.

Rintu has worked in restaurants and data entry jobs to pay bills, striving to improve the standard of living for his family. Sadly, Rintu’s mother recently suffered a stroke and is now living with him so he can take care of her.

Rintu knows that to secure a stable future for his family, he needs to stay focused in school and achieve his career aspirations. Higher education has not always been an attainable dream, as his family’s income is limited.

St. George’s Society scholarship eases some of the financial burden, allowing Rintu to focus on his studies.

He says: “My lifetime goal is to improve myself and the standard of living for my family and community. With the assistance of St. George’s Society, Lehman College has helped me develop even higher goals than I ever could have imagined for myself.”

Community Spotlight : Chloe Hewitt

Originally from Yorkshire in England, Chloe was diagnosed with pediatric brain cancer (medulloblastoma) in 2005.

Since moving to New York for treatment, St. George’s Society has financially supported Chloe and her family.

Chloe’s mother Shirley spoke with us about their journey.

How did you hear about the charitable work of St. George’s?

We were staying at the Ronald McDonald House, and the weekend night manager at that time mentioned the Society.

Why did they refer you?
We moved to New York in order for Chloe to receive further treatment in 2006. The city was and still is the only place that can help Chloe. Chloe has a recurrent disease (6 relapses), and there are no treatments available outside the USA for her condition. Employment was not an option for my husband Steve, as he is not a US citizen and did not have a working visa at the time.

What did assistance from St. George’s Society’s mean to your family?
Assistance from St George’s Society was a major help: both when we were first granted a stipend, and later when we lost our health insurance and St George’s paid for Chloe to be insured. We just managed to keep heads above water until Steve was able to find employment.

The friendship and support offered by St. George’s helped so much through those very difficult times, and we are not sure how we would have managed without it.

Where is Chloe now?
Chloe is at college in Boston and doing very well. Her major is in Fibers, and she is enjoying all of her classes. She loves knitting and finds using yarns as a type of meditation. One of the classes this semester is a woodwork class, which she very much enjoys.

Balancing the college work and her cancer treatment is a challenge, but she is doing an amazing job. Her studio classes are 5 hours long, so she gets quite tired at times.

When Chloe was in high school she wrote something in one of her classes that is so very touching:

“Sometimes I am taking large strides, sometimes small steps but I am always looking forward not back. My name is Chloe Hewitt. I am a survivor and I will not be defined by my disease.”

St. George’s Day Celebrations 2017

The St. George’s Day weekend was a smashing success, if we do say so ourselves!

We kicked off the weekend with a post-work pub crawl on Friday, visiting several of our favorite British watering holes including Cock & Bull, The Shakespeare and The Churchill.

The crowds were out in full force on Saturday at the England Day Block Party in spite of the weather. After all, it wouldn’t be very English without a little rain would it? Thanks to everyone who tried their luck at our tombola, and a special thank you to the Cock & Bull for donating the proceeds from their food market to help us raise funds for the Society’s charitable programs.

Our interactive photo booth was a hit too – even the Queen got involved. Check out the gallery.

On Sunday, we rounded off the weekend with a St. George’s Day Brunch at The Churchill. Guests enjoyed a delicious fare, and our photo booth made another appearance as well. View the photos.

St. George’s Day Celebrations

St. George slays the dragon

St. George’s Day remembers St. George, England’s patron saint, on the anniversary of his death (23rd April). Every year, St. George’s Society of New York celebrates St. George’s Day with our members and extended community in the New York metropolitan area through a variety of events as well as collaborations with NYC-based British businesses and the hosts of England Day NYC.

Join us 21-23 April 2017
for a host of activities throughout NYC!

ENGLAND DAY PUB EXPLORER KICKOFF

Where:
Start at Cock & Bull
23 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036

When:
Friday 21rd April 2017
From 6:00pm

Join us for a post-work pub crawl to kick off the weekend of England Day events. We will meet at Cock & Bull and travel to The ShakespeareThe Churchill and Lillie’s Victorian (Union Square) to enjoy drink specials throughout the evening. Play the interactive English Pub explorer game—powered by Wildgoose—for the chance to win BritBox annual subscriptions.

While we encourage you to wear red and white throughout the weekend, all participating restaurants and pubs will be selecting “Best Dressed” candidates to be entered to win a FREE Old Speckled Hen t-shirt on St. George’s Day (while supplies last).

ENGLAND DAY BLOCK PARTY

Where:
The Queen Elizabeth II Garden
11 Hanover Square
New York, NY 10005

When:
Saturday 22nd April 2017
1:00-4:00pm

Come and celebrate St George’s Day and all things English with a New York attitude! Hosted by England Day NYC and various sponsors, the England Day Block Party is a free, family-friendly event celebrating English food, music, sport, and culture. Members, friends, family, ex-pats & New Yorkers… Everyone is welcome!

The St. George’s Society team will have a table set up featuring an interactive photo booth and tombola with a plethora of giveaways, ranging from beauty products and books to wine and theatre tickets. Make sure you stop by to say hello and win some prizes!

ST. GEORGE’S DAY BRUNCH

Where:
The Churchill
45 East 28th Street
New York, NY 10016

When:
Sunday 23rd April 2017
12:00-2:00pm

You’re invited to a St. George’s Day Sunday Brunch at The Churchill. This event is open to all and will feature an all-British playlist, giveaways, a photo booth and more! Families and guests of all ages are welcome.

There will be a pre fixe menu of brunch items available ($25) or choose a separate Sunday roast ($35). Include unlimited mimosas and draft Old Golden Hen with your meal for an additional $15. A portion of the proceeds will directly support our charitable programs.

To RSVP, please email Grace Owen at george@stgeorgessociety.org with your name, contact information, and number of attendees. Please bring cash to pay upon arrival.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Meet the Team

In January, the Society’s Board of Directors appointed Anna Titley as St. George’s Society’s new Executive Director.

Anna has more than a decade of non-profit experience working in both the UK and US and has been with St. George’s Society for over seven years. Anna’s knowledge of the Society’s membership and operations will serve the organization well as we approach our 250th anniversary in 2020.

Upon accepting the position, Anna said “I am deeply honored to be taking on the role of Executive Director at St. George’s and look forward to building on the great foundation that has been developed over recent years thanks to the support of our loyal members.”

St. George’s Society is also thrilled to welcome three new faces to the team… 

Eliane Abou-Assi joins us as our Event Manager. Eliane comes from the American Autism Association (AAA), a New York-based non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) by providing them with access to quality therapeutic and educational resources. During her time with AAA, Eliane focused on innovative growth strategies for small non-profit organizations, while developing a voice for families to fight stigma of mental health and developmental disabilities, specifically in low-income and ethnic minority communities. She additionally volunteers her time with the Network of Arab-American Professionals (NAAP), Habitat for Humanity, and at her graduate alma mater Teachers College, Columbia University to aid in research analyzing the impact of the current social climate on the identity development. Eliane is a California native and a lover of food. In March 2017, Eliane was awarded the City and State Above & Beyond Award for being recognized as one of the most influential female leaders in the New York State’s non-profit industry. Eliane@stgeorgessociety.org.

Hastings Hill joins us as our Communications & Membership Manager. She joins us from the Marketing & Public Relations team at Broadway Dance Center where she managed their public-facing communications and supported the cultivation of strategic partnerships both locally and internationally. Originally from Memphis, TN, Hastings developed her love of British culture and history as a graduate student at King’s College London, where she completed an M.A. in Cultural and Creative Industries in 2012. She looks forward to bringing her enthusiasm, versatility, and dance moves to St. George’s Society. Hastings@stgeorgessociety.org.

Grace Owen joins us as our Operations Coordinator, on a one-year placement with the Mountbatten Internship Programme. Originally from Yorkshire in the UK, she specializes in broadcast media and non-profit organizations. During her time in the media, she worked in editorial roles for Discovery Networks Europe, the BBC and Channel 4 amongst others. She founded the charity networking initiative Telly Talk London in 2012, which went on to provide careers for nearly 100 young professionals. The events also raised over £3000 for the mental health charity Mind. Her work led to a Broadcast Hotshot award, which recognizes the most talented under 30s in the industry. Her most recent role was in digital media at the Royal College in London. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, is a qualified fitness instructor and has a passion for dance. Grace@stgeorgessociety.org.

The St. George’s team, L-R: Julie Rosenberg, Hastings Hill, Anna Titley, Mary Lamasney, Grace Owen, Eliane Abou-Assi

Member Obituary – David Rockefeller

We were saddened by the passing of David Rockefeller on March 20, aged 101. David was a life member of the Society, joining in 1962.

David was a famed American banker, and served as chairman and CEO of Chase Manhattan Bank from 1969 to 1980. He was the oldest living member of the Rockefeller family and family patriarch from July 2004 until his death.

A spokesperson said: “David was an absolute joy. If he hadn’t been born a billionaire he still would have been the world’s nicest person.”

His philanthropy was remarkable, donating almost $2 billion to a wide range of institutions, including The Rockefeller University, Harvard University, the Museum of Modern Art, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Council on Foreign Relations.

He was the first in three generations of Rockefellers to publish an autobiography. ‘Memoirs’ was released in 2002, at aged 87. When he was asked why he wrote it, he replied in a reserved tone, “Well, it just occurred to me that I had led a rather interesting life”.

Member Spotlight – Gareth Hughes

Individual Member
Global Head USD Interest Rate Swaps, Societe Generale

Joined: 2015
Born: Bangor, Wales
Lives: Greenwich Village, Manhattan

What brought you to New York?
I was able to transfer with my company at the time, back in 2004. The last 13 years have flown by and despite a brief stint in San Francisco and Boston, I have called New York City home for that period. 

What do you enjoy about being a member of St. George’s Society?
St George’s offers a fantastic opportunity to assimilate into a new environment whilst meeting like-minded individuals from all corners of the globe that have an interest in helping those less fortunate than ourselves. The society’s social events are second to none and always a great time to attend. From curries to quizzes and meeting sporting heroes along the way.

What is your favorite New York place or pastime?
There are far too many to name just one! As someone who likes to keep active I love the ability to drive a couple of hours north to be skiing in the winter or east / south to be on a beach in the summer; riding over the GW bridge or running races in central park. I’m not a stranger to the many bars and restaurants that NYC has to offer either. Current favourites are the Musket Room in NOLITA and Roberta’s in Bushwick.


Gareth ran the New York City Marathon in 2015 and raised $8,621 for the Society’s charitable programs. He completed the marathon in a personal best of 3 hours 27 minutes.

If you are interested in taking on a challenge and raising vital funds for St. George’s Society this year, please contact Eliane Abou-Assi for more information.

St. George's Society of New York is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization. Tax ID: 23-7426425