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.

April 2017 Membership Perks

St. George’s Society of New York has teamed up with STX Entertainment to offer complimentary tickets to a preview of Their Finest on April 5.

Receive 20% discount on all tickets to An Evening with Frank Bidart and Alice Oswald on April 3. The Guardian describes Oswald’s work as “an astonishing book of beauty, intensity and poise – a revelation”.

PLUS… discounted tickets to shows, concerts and lectures. Mandolino Pizzeria Restaurant is offering 10% discount on all food and drink. Also, Brook Brothers is hosting a two-day shopping event.

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


Ernest Shackleton Loves Me
ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME is the epic musical adventure starring GrooveLily’s fierce and funny electro-violinist Valerie Vigoda (Striking 12), and the courageous and charismatic Wade McCollum (Priscilla Queen of the Desert). This innovative, high-tech adventure tells the story of a sleep-deprived single mom who struggles to work as a video game music composer. Unexpectedly, she is contacted across time by the famous polar explorer, Ernest Shackleton. Inspired by her music, he shares his epic Antarctic journey with her in video and song. Against all odds, they discover that their greatest inspiration lies within each other.
Directed by Obie Award winner Lisa Peterson and written by Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro (Memphis), with music composed by Brendan Milburn and lyrics by Valerie Vigoda, ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME features production design by Alexander V. Nichols (Nice Work If You Can Get It), costume design by Chelsea Cook and sound design and original compositions by Tony Award winner Rob Kaplowitz (Fela!), ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME was originally co-commissioned by Theatre Works and La Jolla Playhouse.

Date: April 14-June 11
Venue: TONY KISER THEATRE – 305 West 43rd Street (btwn. 8th & 9th Aves)
Websiteernestshackletonlovesme.com

Special Offer: Tickets Only $55* (reg. $89)


Harney & Sons Fine Teas
This month, we have teamed up with Harney & Sons Fine Teas to offer 10% off in-store tea purchases at their Soho and Millerton locations.

It is not only the Harney mission to deliver quality tea products to their customers, but also to educate the world of tea history and taste. Whether through their dedicated customer service team, their published guides to tea drinking, or their two tea tasting shops, the Harney & Sons team works to pass on their passion for tea to a broad audience.  Harney & Sons remains committed to delivering their customers a superior tea drinking experience.

Date: Ongoing
Venue: Harney & Sons’ Soho and Millerton locations

Websitehttps://www.harney.com/
Special Offer: 10% discount on in-store tea purchases


Jolly Grub
Receive 10% off your order (excluding delivery) from this online store delivering British foods and fare straight to your door.

Date: Ongoing
Venue: Online

Websitehttps://www.jollygrub.com/
Special Offer: 10% discount on all orders (excluding delivery)


Mandolino Pizzeria Restaurant
Mandolino is where the East Village NYC meets Napoli. Open all day seven days for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.

At Mandolino, the magic and the art happens in the kitchen. Bold flavors and fresh ingredients evolve into delicious meals created by the hands of our truly talented and skilled chefs. Both bring an array of skill and their own passion for cooking is shown in each meal they create. Our goal is to satisfy your tastebuds and to keep you coming back for more.

Date: Ongoing
Venue: Mandolino Pizzeria Restaurant

Websitewww.mandolinonyc.com
Special Offer: 10% discount on food and drink


An evening with Frank Bidart and Alice Oswald
A reading by two of our finest performers of poetry.

Frank Bidart’s new book is Half-light: Collected Poems. “No other poet sounds like Bidart,” wrote Garth Greenwell. You can hear the muscular physicality of his language, the way the sentence twists around the line breaks, never quite as expected. His work is one of the unfolding wonders of the literature of our time.”

Alice Oswald’s new collection is Falling Awake. “Hers is a mystical work, and when she writes you can hear the long heritage of English verse behind her,” wrote The Economist. “Her poems have a rhythmical tightness. They are propulsive, forward-pulsing, knitting one line to another. She is acutely alive in the world.” Impressively,  Oswald will recite her poems from memory.

Date: April 3, 8pm
Venue: Buttenwieser Hall, Lexington Avenue at 92nd St
Websitehttp://www.92y.org/event/frank-bidart-and-alice-oswald
Special Offer: Tickets from $12 – $17.60 (normally $15-$122)


Young & Damned & Fair:
The Life of Catherine Howard, Fifth Wife of King Henry VIII

Playwright, novelist, historian and author, Gareth Russell presents a vivid and authoritative biography that sheds new light on Catherine’s rise and the forces that led to her death at the executioner’s block. In the course of his extensive research, Russell uncovered the complete text of Catherine Howard’s interrogation, which has not been published since the 18th century; he incorporates that text along with color photographs, family tree, map, and notes to give us a new understanding of one of history’s most famous women.

Date: Apr 3, 6:30pm
Venue: The English-Speaking Union of New York
Website: https://www.esuus.org/newyork/about/catherine-howard-lecture/?
Special Offer: Member tickets $25 (normally $35)


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


Preview screening of Their Finest

St. George’s Society of New York has teamed up with STX Entertainment to offer complimentary tickets to a preview of Their Finest on April 5.

With London emptied of its men now fighting at the Front, Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) is hired by the British Ministry as a “slop” scriptwriter charged with bringing “a woman’s touch” to morale-boosting propaganda films. Her natural flair quickly gets her noticed by dashing movie producer Buckley (Sam Claflin) whose path would never have crossed hers in peacetime. As bombs are dropping all around them, Catrin, Buckley and a colorful crew work furiously to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation. Although Catrin’s artist husband looks down on her job, she quickly discovers there is as much camaraderie, laughter and passion behind the camera as there is onscreen.

Date: April 5, 7pm
Venue: Cinepolis Chelsea, New York
Website: http://www.cinepolisusa.com/
Special Offer: Complimentary tickets


Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life – Royal Oak Foundation lecture

Drawing on her extensive access to the Royal Family’s inner circle, the New York Times bestselling author Sally Bedell Smith presents the first major biography of Prince Charles in more than two decades: Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life.

Ms. Smith will give unprecedented insights into Prince Charles, a man who possesses a fiercely independent spirit, and yet has spent his life in waiting for the ultimate role of monarch. Beginning with his childhood, Smith will detail his intellectual quests, his entrepreneurial pursuits, and his love affairs—from the tragedy of his marriage to Diana to his eventual reunion with Camilla. She will also describe his relationship with the next generation of royals, including William, Katherine, Harry, and his beloved grandchildren. Ms. Smith captures a man who has been described as an 18th-century gentleman with a 21st-century mission—a life filled with contradictions and convictions. This is a lecture not just about a man who would be king, but also about the duties that come with privilege.

Date: April 5, 6.15pm
Venue: The Union League Club of New York, 38 East 37th Street
Website: www.royal-oak.org/lectures
Special Offer: $35 members & co-sponsors only; $45 member’s guest


Call Collymore Live at dotmailer NYC

Join Stan Collymore and the dotmailer team for a meet-and-greet, drinks, snacks and football starting at 3pm. Stay for a live recording of ‘Call Collymore’ from 5pm – 7pm.

Call Collymore is the first independent broadcasting platform of its kind. Built for fans with unfiltered opinion at its core. It is home of the World’s Football Phone In – Call Collymore.

Listen to ex-England International and award winning broadcaster Stan Collymore get the opinions that really matter from fans across the globe. Stan won’t shy away from the topics that really impact on the very foundations of the game.

Date: April 17, 3 – 7pm
Venue: dotmailer New York Office, New York
Website: https://r1.dotmailer-pages.com/p/2PJN-26Q/call-collymore-live-at-dotmailer-nyc
Special Offer: Complimentary tickets


New York Red Bulls vs. Columbus Crew

St. George’s Society of New York has teamed up with the New York Red Bulls for the 2017 season to provide all members and their families with a special ticket offer!

Date: April 22, 7.30pm
Venue: Red Bull Arena, Harrison, New Jersey
Website: https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/nyredbulls/EN/promotion/home
Special Offer: Tickets from $23 per seat


Brooks Brothers’ April Corporate Shopping Event

All members will SAVE 25% on Sunday, April 23 & Monday, April 24, 2017. This is a TWO-DAY EVENT and valid on full-priced purchases online, by phone and in US and Canadian Retail stores. (Factory stores are excluded).

Date: April 23 & 24
Venue: Online, by phone and in US and Canadian Retail stores  (excluding factory stores)
Website: www.Membership.BrooksBrothers.com
Special Offer: Save 25% on all full-priced purchases


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)


Dylan’s Story

Dylan is now age 22 months old.  He has undergone many challenges in his short life but he is well prepared for them because of the love and kindness of many, including St. George’s Society.

Dylan was born in May 2015 with an interior cleft palate that was inadequately treated at the local community hospital, leaving the infant with severe surgical damage. The medical/surgical team involved was not able to correct the anomaly and unfortunately exacerbated the situation for this little boy.  He was referred to Babies Hospital in New York to repair the cleft palate and the damage caused by the original surgical procedures but sadly, he now relies on a tracheotomy to breathe and a feeding tube.

His parents, Jon (United Kingdom parentage), an Occupational Therapist, and Eleanor, a Physical Therapist, were prepared for the struggle ahead because of their professional skill sets but not without some support. Dylan requires 24 hour care and Eleanor is currently on leave of absence without pay to look after him. Both parents and doctors are optimistic that he will lead a normal life in the future but for now the family’s income has been drastically reduced making it difficult for them to pay the bills each month and keep a regular routine for their other young children (aged 3 and 5).

St. George’s Society responded to the emergency appeal by providing a monthly stipend of $1000 to assist with the family’s day-to-day expenses and our social worker has regular check-in calls with Dylan’s father to offer emotional support and advice.

Today, as we approach Dylan’s second birthday, he is a taking his first steps literally and figuratively. He is walking on his own, smiling at all he meets, and thriving.  When our social worker did a home visit in December she asked him, “Where is Dylan?” He chuckled at such a silly question, lifted up his little finger, pointed to his chest and gave the biggest smile.

The next challenge is a surgical repair to realign his jaw as well as repair the damage to the tracheal. This is scheduled for March 2017 which will take him to the next step on the road to a full and productive life. Both parents are very appreciative of all that St. George’s Society has provided to them.

I am so grateful for everything St. George’s Society has done to help my family during such a distressing time. It allows us to focus on the well-being of all of our children, taking away some of the financial worries that we have faced since my wife gave up her job to care for our baby.” Dylan’s father, Jon

 

 

Member Spotlight – Paula Nance

 

Paula Nance
Individual Member
Teacher
The Beekman School

Joined: 2014
Born: Greensboro, NC
Lives: Upper West Side

What brought you to New York?
I moved to NYC eighteen years ago to be the Associate Pastor of Metro Baptist Church, a progressive social ministry church in Hell’s Kitchen. Both the church and I knew that after the two-year internship ended, I would pursue a career as an actor. Today I work as an actor and educator, while continuing to be active in the ministries at Metro.

What do you enjoy about being a member of St. George’s Society?
I love the gatherings throughout the year that allow me to meet new folks and enjoy fun activities, all the while knowing that the money raised is helping people in need.

What is your favorite New York place or pastime?
Obviously, theatre is one of New York’s most impressive offerings. I enjoy Broadway, but especially enjoy the more intimate venues like the Irish Rep and 59E59.