St. George’s Gives Back

St. George’s Society is delighted to announce our newest initiative: St. George’s Gives Back!

This program reflects the overwhelming request from you—our members and supporters—to take a more active role in serving our community. St. George’s Gives Back see us participate in volunteer activities throughout the city to help those in need.

Our first volunteer activity took place on Saturday 17th June at St. Thomas Church’s Soup Kitchen where we prepped, packed, and distributed bagged lunches to individuals experiencing homelessness. Our group made record-breaking time for food prep and packaging, and successfully served over 300 lunches in Midtown Manhattan!

View more photos from the day.

We are thrilled to offer these unique opportunities for members to interact and give back at the same time!

  • Upcoming St. George’s Gives Back activities:
    Saturday 19th August at St. Thomas Church’s Soup Kitchen
  • Sunday 17th September at Ronald McDonald House

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July 2017 Membership Perks

This month, receive 20% off all custom clothing for men and women at Upper East Side atelier and boutique Oliver + Jane.

Receive a complimentary on-site consultation with an architect for the house or apartment renovation of your dreams, courtesy of Standing Architecture.

Free tickets to Suzanna Ross A Little Love, A Little Amour concert at the Metropolitan Room when you spend $25 on food and drink. Tickets are limited.

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


Oliver + Jane

This fresh, Upper East Side atelier-slash-boutique specializes in men’s and women’s clothing and accessories that allow one’s personal style to shine through. Every piece is customizable—from fabrics and colors to linings, buttons, and beyond — so you’re always sure to walk away with a unique piece. British design talents Adrian Littley and Jane Wilson Marquis bring their decades of experience in the fashion industry together in this new, beautiful space, offering customers the chance to be as involved—or uninvolved—in the creative process as they like.

Date: Ongoing

Venue: 401 East 76th Street, New York, NY 10021

Special Offer: 20% off all custom clothing for men and women


Standing Architecture

From comprehensive to consulting services Standing Architecture LLC will provide architectural design, planning, interior design and lighting design. The practice has developed excellent working relationships with designers, structural & MEP engineers, general contractors and expediters.

Receive a complimentary on-site consultation with an architect for the house or apartment renovation of your dreams, courtesy of Standing Architecture.

Date: Ongoing

Websitehttp://www.standing.com

Special Offer: Complimentary on-site architect consultation


Suzanna Ross A Little Love, A Little Amour concert at the Metropolitan Room

Suzanna Ross will be singing a repeat performance of A Little Love, A Little Amour. Combining old-style romance with contemporary flair, Suzanna will cover songs from the American, French, and British songbooks. She is known for a warm, sometimes smoky, sometimes poetic sound that lends itself to lush melodies and lyrics sung in both English and French.

The songs include American tunes, French classics, 60s and 70s pop, and movie favorites from the lists of Diana Krall, Sting, Edith Piaf, British pop legend Dusty Springfield, Burt Bacharach, Michel Legrand, French pop legend Francoise Hardy, and more. She will be accompanied by her quartet of musicians from the New York City and European scenes. The tightly knit band moves easily from jazz, to pop, to ballads, and includes piano, bass, sax, and drums.

Date: July 6. 7pm (doors open at 6.15pm)
Venue: Metropolitan Room, 34 W 22nd St, New York, NY 10010
Websitehttp://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=260036

Special Offer: Free tickets when you spend $25 on food and drink. Tickets are limited.


Drive Data Recovery

Drive Data Recovery is the nation’s leader in data recovery services with a network of 73 facilities staffed with expert technicians dedicated to helping you get your life back on track when you think your data is lost forever. They are experts in recovering data from desktop/laptop hard drives and SSD’s, RAID arrays, servers, mobile phones, tablets and USB storage devices.

In addition to their standard no-cost evaluation/diagnostic service, St. George’s Society members will receive a 15% discount on data recovery services.

Date: Ongoing
Websitehttps://www.drivedatarecovery.com

Phone: 1-866-315-3282
Special Offer: 15% discount on data recovery services


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


 

Afternoon Tea with the Beneficiaries

On 1st June, Nord Anglia International School welcomed a group of our elderly beneficiaries to enjoy a spring afternoon of entertainment and refreshments.

 

Now in its second year, The Spring Tea and Talk event provides the opportunity for the children to meet and interact with the beneficiaries in our community. During the afternoon, guests enjoyed talented musical performances by the students, including a reprise from the musical Annie, a pianist and a live guitar set.

This year we also introduced the interactive mural, which allowed guests to express themselves creatively through the medium of art. Students and beneficiaries of all ages added their signature piece to the mural – ranging from quotes and floral designs to native flags and cultural symbols.

We would like to thank all the children and teachers at the Nord Anglia International School who helped create such a successful event. Additionally, thank you to the generous donation from the Inez Branca Family Foundation, an ongoing supporter of our Beneficiary Program.


Since its establishment in 1770, St. George’s Society has served thousands of people in need. Currently, we serve over 100 elderly beneficiaries, providing monthly stipends for elderly and disabled beneficiaries living in New York to remain safe and comfortable in their homes, avoiding homelessness.

Meet Our Social Worker – Mary Lamasney

Joined St. George’s Society: May 5, 2008
Born: The Bronx
Lives: Washington Heights

 

What brought you to New York?

I have lived in New York City my entire life. It is the greatest city in the world I might add.

What is your involvement with St. George’s Society?

I have the privilege of being the Manton Social Worker. I work with senior beneficiaries, assisting those who were born either in the United Kingdom or Commonwealth nations who live in New York and are in need of financial and emotional support.

What do you enjoy about being a part of St. George’s Society?

It is the best job in the world, and I am the luckiest social worker in New York City. The Society enables me to give hope to those who need it the most.

What is your favorite New York place or pastime?

Riding the A train and looking at the unfolding drama of life in New York City. Walking in Fort Tryon Park with my sister Patty. Sitting with my husband as the sun sets on the Hudson River outside our window.

What are your city must-sees?

Staten Island Ferry, Scandinavian House, New York Historical Society, Cloisters, Morgan Library.

Best restaurant in the city?

Sammy’s Romanian Restaurant in the East Village.

June 2017 Membership Perks

This month, receive a complimentary on-site consultation with an architect for the house or apartment renovation of your dreams, courtesy of Standing Architecture.

Free tickets to Suzanna Ross A Little Love, A Little Amour concert at the Metropolitan Room when you spend $25 on food and drink. Tickets are limited.

Receive over 35% off tickets to The Play That Goes Wrong, which runs through November 19.

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


Standing Architecture

From comprehensive to consulting services Standing Architecture LLC will provide architectural design, planning, interior design and lighting design. The practice has developed excellent working relationships with designers, structural & MEP engineers, general contractors and expediters.

Receive a complimentary on-site consultation with an architect for the house or apartment renovation of your dreams, courtesy of Standing Architecture.

Date: Ongoing

Websitehttp://www.standing.com

Special Offer: Complimentary on-site architect consultation


Suzanna Ross A Little Love, A Little Amour concert at the Metropolitan Room

Suzanna Ross will be singing a repeat performance of A Little Love, A Little Amour. Combining old-style romance with contemporary flair, Suzanna will cover songs from the American, French, and British songbooks. She is known for a warm, sometimes smoky, sometimes poetic sound that lends itself to lush melodies and lyrics sung in both English and French.

The songs include American tunes, French classics, 60s and 70s pop, and movie favorites from the lists of Diana Krall, Sting, Edith Piaf, British pop legend Dusty Springfield, Burt Bacharach, Michel Legrand, French pop legend Francoise Hardy, and more. She will be accompanied by her quartet of musicians from the New York City and European scenes. The tightly knit band moves easily from jazz, to pop, to ballads, and includes piano, bass, sax, and drums.

Date: July 6. 7pm (doors open at 6.15pm)
Venue: Metropolitan Room, 34 W 22nd St, New York, NY 10010
Websitehttp://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=260036

Special Offer: Free tickets when you spend $25 on food and drink. Tickets are limited.


Drive Data Recovery

Drive Data Recovery is the nation’s leader in data recovery services with a network of 73 facilities staffed with expert technicians dedicated to helping you get your life back on track when you think your data is lost forever. They are experts in recovering data from desktop/laptop hard drives and SSD’s, RAID arrays, servers, mobile phones, tablets and USB storage devices.

In addition to their standard no-cost evaluation/diagnostic service, St. George’s Society members will receive a 15% discount on data recovery services.

Date: Ongoing
Websitehttps://www.drivedatarecovery.com

Phone: 1-866-315-3282
Special Offer: 15% discount on data recovery services


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


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


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 (saving $10)

Updates from our Scholarship Committee

Dear Members & Friends of St. George’s Society,

As the Chairman of the Society’s Scholarship Committee, I am pleased to share some wonderful news and updates about our Scholarship Program.

Our 2016 scholarship recipients will graduate from Lehman College today. These 25 students have obtained degrees spanning a variety of fields including Biology, Accounting, Nursing and Psychology. We are extremely proud of their accomplishments and wish them many congratulations as they embark on their next journey.

Since the program was launched in 2008, we have awarded more than 250 scholarships, totaling over $720,000 and in 2013, St. George’s Society became Lehman College’s largest benefactor.

As we approach the program’s 10-year anniversary in 2018, we are excited to also welcome students from Hunter College, part of the City University of New York. This expansion of the program provides access to education for more students who lack the financial means to complete their studies.

The Scholarship Committee will select the recipients for the 2017-18 academic year this July. Thank you for your continued support for the Society’s efforts to enrich the lives of individuals and families in the British and Commonwealth community in New York.

 

Warm Regards,

Dr. Paul Beresford-Hill CBE
Chairman, Scholarship Committee

Take Action with St. George’s Society!

 

For 247 years, our community has joined together to act as a force of good for people in need – 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 you to take action and help expand the impact St. George’s has on those in need. Join our Community Fundraising Initiative! We’ll work with you to plan an event, create a campaign, or develop donor appeals to help raise funds for our charitable programs. We are with you 100% of the way!

Here are some ideas for you from members taking action in the past:

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

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

3. Or take it outside and invite family and friends for a picnic – It’s summertime! 

4. Feeling creative? Work alongside the St. George’s team to plan a fun group activity, like 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.

Download our charity fact sheet for more information on the impact St. George’s Society has 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.”