October Membership Perks

This month’s perks include discounted tickets to The New York Red Bulls as well as lectures with The Royal Oak Foundation and The English-Speaking Union.

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

New York’s Annual Festival of Irish Theater

wilde-page-001Welcome to the witty, complex and contradictory world of Oscar Wilde in this performed anthology of some of his best loved works. Originally devised for the Wilde Weekend in Enniskillen, the Irish town where Oscar went to school, this performance has been reinvented for the historic environment of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where Oscar, his wife Constance and his lover Bosie will share the stage with unforgettable characters such as Lord and Lady Windermere, Jack and Algernon, Lady Bracknell and Dorian Gray. Is it life or is it art? Come and decide for yourself.

Date: Sep 24 – Oct 2

Venue: American Academy of Dramatic Arts – 120 Madison Ave
Website: http://1stirish.org/?post_type=show&p=2027

Special Offer: $15 tickets (regularly $20)

A third off tickets to the 2016 Irish Screen America Film Festival



The 2016 Irish Screen America Film Festival opens on Friday Sep 30th with the New York Premiere of Queen Of Ireland, Ireland’s national treasure and accidental activist Miss Pant Bliss will attend the Opening Night Screening Co-Presented with Glucksman Ireland House NYU, and Irish Arts Center. The witty incisive documentary follows Miss Bliss during the lead up to the historic same- sex marriage referendum in Ireland (Q & A with Director Conor Horgan to follow the screening). Irish stars Seana Kerslake and Nika McGuigan will attend the World Premiere of Irish TV’s brand new hit comedy series Can’t Cope,Won’t Cope (Q&A with Director Cathy Brady to follow). Also showing over the three-day festival will be the best of Irish Shorts, A shorts showcase of Irish Filmmaking talent in NYC , and the hit Irish films Tiger Raid (Tribeca) and Mammal (Sundance). The annual festival showcases the best in contemporary Irish media with screenings,industry panels, discussions and master classes in the two largest cities for the entertainment industry in the United States – New York and Los Angeles.

Date: Sep 30 – Oct 2

Venue: NYU’S Cantor Film Centre
Website: http://www.irishscreenamerica.com/nyc/

Special Offer: $10 tickets (regularly $15)

 Les Parisiennes: Women in Wartime Paris 1939-1949

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Based on her new book, Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved, and Died Under Nazi Occupation, best-selling author Anne Sebba explores the fascinating lives of these women, using first-hand accounts and letters, revealing how these women came to terms with their tumultuous experiences during the war and after the Liberation.

Date: Oct 19, 6:15 pm

Venue: The General Society Library, 20 West 44th Street
Website: https://www.royal-oak.org/lectures/event_detail.php?eid=55463&lid=7&cid=0

Special Offer: $30 member tickets (regularly $40)

Churchill’s Legacy: Two Speeches to Save the World

Watson Churchill LegacyInspired by his new book, Churchill’s Legacy: Two Speeches to Save the World (Bloomsbury 2016), Lord Watson will explain how Churchill’s “iron curtain” announced the beginning of the Cold War and changed the way the Western world viewed communism. He will describe the resulting controversy and explain how these speeches were integral to the emergence of NATO and the Marshall plan, committing the U.S. to Europe’s economic recovery and foreshadowing the EU today.

Date: Oct 26, 6:15 pm

Venue: The General Society Library, 20 West 44th Street
Website: https://www.royal-oak.org/lectures/event_detail.php?eid=55468&lid=7&cid=0

Special Offer: $30 member tickets (regularly $40)

Still time to join in the action with our St. George’s Promo code new_york_red_bulls

St. George’s Society of New York has teamed up with the New York Red Bulls for the 2016 season to provide all  members and their families with a special ticket offer! See the last game of the season vs. Columbus Crew on 16 October.


Date: Oct 16, 3:00 pm

Venue: Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ
Website: https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/nyredbulls/EN/promotion/home

Special Offer: Tickets from $23

Lights, Camera, Madison Avenue: The Golden Age of Advertising.

51kicuyqnbl-_sx331_bo1204203200_An inside look at the production of 20th-century television commercials begins with a review of advertising’s beginning going through the 1960’s and early 1970’s. The author and speaker, a career “Mad Man”, recounts lightheartedly his experiences on commercial productions – both live and film- in theaters and studios in New York City. at LBJ’s ranch, on The White House lawn, along Rome’s Appian Way, in Lady Astor’s dining room and on the Tryall Golf Course in Jamaica, month other places. The technical (and people) challenges involved in producing high-end commercials for major corporations are given in often funny details.

Date: Oct 20, 6:30 pm

Venue: The English-Speaking Union, 144 East 39th Street
Special Offer: Tickets from $20



25 Scholarships Awarded

sana-batoolSt. George’s Society’s Scholarship Committee met in July to review applications for financial assistance from students entering their final year at Lehman College (part of CUNY). Thanks to funds raised at the English Ball the Committee awarded 25 scholarships totaling $100,000.

This year’s scholars come from the United Kingdom and a number of Commonwealth countries including Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Nigeria and Pakistan and are majoring in a variety of degrees, such as Biology, Mathematics, Nursing, Accounting, Health Services Administration and Psychology.

One example is Sana from Pakistan, whose ambition is to become a cardiologist. Sana sought asylum in the U.S. in 2013 when her father decided it was not safe for her family to stay in Quetta. Two years earlier a deadly suicide bomb attack had occurred a block away from their home which left a great number of the community dead and injured.

Sana is now pursuing a chemistry major with a specialization in biochemistry at Lehman College, something that seemed impossible to her just a couple of years ago. Sana commutes four hours each day to college and also volunteers at a biochemistry laboratory so does not have time to do a part-time job to cover her educational expenses.

“I now have the opportunity to become the first person in my family to attend college Sana said, “I will continue to apply the same diligence to the rest of my collegiate studies as I have to this point, making education and service to others my top priority.”

Since the program began in 2008, St. George’s Society has awarded 249 scholarships totaling over $720,000 and in 2013 the Society became Lehman College’s largest benefactor. The Society plans to expand the program to include Hunter College, also in the CUNY system.

If you’d like to donate to the St. George’s Society Scholarship fund please click here.

Thank you for your support!

Member Spotlight Maria-Cristina Necula

mariacristina-necula_sept2016Maria-Cristina Necula
Director of Alumni Relations
Lehman College, CUNY
Individual Member

Joined: 2012
Bucharest, Romania
White Plains, NY

What brought you to New York? My father escaped from Romania, which, at the time, was under a totalitarian regime behind the Iron Curtain, and after tremendous efforts, he succeeded in bringing my mother and me to New York, one of the greatest cities in the world. I was 12 when I arrived here, and despite, in later years, having lived in Vienna and briefly in Paris, the Big Apple remains my absolute favorite city.

What do you enjoy about being a member of St. George’s Society?  I enjoy the wonderful variety of events, and the opportunities to meet fascinating and interesting people. As the Director of Alumni Relations at Lehman College, I also love collaborating with the St. George’s Society team, especially Anna Titley, in organizing joint events for Lehman students: the St. George’s Society Scholarship recipients who benefit from the generosity of the Society.

What is your favorite New York place or pastime?  The Metropolitan Opera is my top favorite, but I am definitely predisposed towards it, because I was trained as a classical singer and have been immersed in the opera world since I was 10, performing and writing about opera. I also love the New York City museums: one of my favorites is the Neue Galerie for early 20th century German and Austrian Art; it is one of the many special jewels in the multicultural crown of Manhattan.


The British Bash is Back!

With just 9 weeks to go until the British Bash on December 1st, it’s time to delve into the archives and celebrate #FlashbackFriday reliving some unforgettable “Best of British” memories.

The Two Robbies

Our 2015 hosts, NBC Sports’ Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe kept our guests (and each other) entertained all night!robbies-collage

One for you, one for me… and another one for me!

Over the past 5 years, we’ve had a fantastic selection of “Best of British” auction items, from balls signed by David Beckham to ball gown dresses from top British designers. Guests can snap up Christmas gifts for everyone (including themselves …‘tis the season and all that!)auction

Photo Booth Moments

Move over selfie stick! Last year’s photo booth went down a storm with guests getting pouty with Soap & Glory’s Lip Plump.photo-booth

Awards, Awards, Awards

2015 honoree, Sir Steve Redgrave pictured with St. George’s Society President, Richard Sexton MBE (seconds before this photo was taken, our band had just kick-started the evening’s live music and Sir Steve asked Rich to join him for a boogie!)awards

Live Music

Back by popular demand… our favorite band, Rhythm Collective, will entertain guests all night long with “Best of British” party anthems.rhythm-collective

What’s live music without dancing?

It’s pretty much British Bash law that guests take over the dancefloor and show us their best moves!dancing

That time we had the “Best of British” cars parked on 42nd street!

Sponsor Jaguar Land Rover brought along their latest models to the British Bash in 2013. If you’re interested in sponsoring the 2016 British Bash click here.cars

Bowled over, year after year…

For five years our bowler hats have made an appearance at the British Bash, they are now – literally – part of the furniture (see bowler hat centerpiece!)


Tickets for the 2016 GEORGE British Bash are on sale now and selling fast so what are you waiting for? Buy your tickets here.

Relive more British Bash memories on YouTube!