A New Couch for Margaret

St. George’s Society’s charitable support has taken a number of forms since our founding in 1770.  For nearly 250 years the Society has adapted its work to meet the needs our New York community.

Margaret has been a beneficiary of St. George’s Society since 2001. Consistently described as a warm individual who even in the most difficult of times presents herself with a good cheer, Margaret is a joy to anyone who meets her.

Watch Margaret’s story.

In the summer of 2016, a bedbug infestation overtook Margaret’s tenement building on the Upper East Side. Her floor was designated as “ground zero” and she and a fellow elderly neighbor agreed to relocate into a temporary shared apartment for four months. Fortunately, since her rent payments were suspended by the landlord, our stipend support was “saved” enabling Margaret to replace her furniture.

A new couch, chair, dresser and clothing were needed when she returned to her apartment, which the Society provided. Unfortunately, when our Manton Social Worker, Mary Lamasney, went for a home visit this past March, she noticed that one of the legs on the new couch was off kilter and deemed it unsafe for use. Mary immediately notified the store regarding the defect but they were not quick to respond.

After a series of weekly calls to the furniture store in Brooklyn, Aslam, the Society’s Mountbatten Intern, secured a replacement and a new and improved couch was delivered to Margaret’s home earlier this month.

Margaret’s story is a great example of the work of our Emergency Grants Program, where we seek to help individuals facing unforeseen crises.

Thanks to your support St. George’s Society is able to continue to help people like Margaret.

Learn more about our charitable programs.

An Evening at Burberry Brookfield Place

The Society was invited to attend a private shopping event at Burberry in their Brookfield Place store.

A decidedly British affair, guests were served fish and chips and beef wellington canapes while perusing their current fall/winter collections. Burberry ended the evening with a raffle for a card case designed with their exclusive new Trench Leather.

We would like to thank Burberry for their hospitality, and encourage you to visit their Brookfield Place location to shop this iconic British brand.


Burberry | Brookfield Place, 228 Vesey St.
www.burberry.com

A Great British Adventure

Did you know that Wall Street is Dutch, George Washington quoted Shakespeare and Winston Churchill became an American in 1963? We learned this and more at the Great British Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, 5th August in Lower Manhattan.

Starting at the Queen Elizabeth II September 11th Garden, participants used their wits, resourcefulness and some impressive dance moves to unlock clues and earn points. Teams traveled to the site of the Society’s founding at Fraunces Tavern, ran from the Charging Bull and created optical illusions in the Oculus.

After two hours of exploring downtown Manhattan, teams made their way to the Barleycorn where we awarded prizes to the winners. Team “Pinkies Up” took home the gold and gift bags sponsored by Links of London.

We would like to thank our friends at Wildgoose who made the entire day possible—generously donating their time, expertise and technology for this fun and interactive challenge. Learn more about Wildgoose on their website.

View more photos from the Great British Scavenger Hunt on our Facebook page.


Thanks to our Sponsors

Wildgoose are a global B2B event tech agency developing their multi-faceted app to suit a range of employee engagement solutions. www.wearewildgoose.com

Links of London is an iconic jewelry brand with an international presence that captures the wit, spirit and heart of London. Visit their Westfield World Trade Center location today.  www.linksoflondon.com

Update from the President

 

Dear St. George’s Society supporter,

At the Annual General Meeting in January, we informed our membership of the forthcoming and exciting developments at St. George’s Society—including the launch of a new visual identity in the fall of this year.

Thanks to the generosity of Advisory Council member, Sir Martin Sorrell, we were provided an opportunity to work with the talented WPP branding agency, Landor. Over the past 18 months, they conducted extensive research of our history and in-depth workshops with many of the Society’s stakeholders and created a fresh look and feel for the organization.

Many of you are familiar with GEORGE, a co-brand introduced in 2011 to create social and networking opportunities for young professionals in New York. The initiative was tremendously successful and attracted many new members to the Society, but it is now time to unify St. George’s and GEORGE under one consolidated brand. The new St. George’s Society “look” celebrates both our notable heritage and our exciting future and we will share updates about the development of this process over the coming weeks.

As we approach our 250th anniversary in 2020, we look forward to the changes ahead that will propel St. George’s Society into the next 250 years.

Sincerely,

 

Phillip Warner, OBE
President

 

August 2017 Membership Perks

This month, receive over 35% off tickets for The Play That Goes Wrong on Broadway.

Get discounted tickets to What Will the Neighbors Say? Theatre Company’s In Her Own Words: The Diana Tapes at IRT Theatre.

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.

To request discount codes or for more information about how to redeem any of the offers below, please email hello@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 HuffPost says, “THIS IS THE FUNNIEST PLAY BROADWAY HAS EVER SEEN!” Winner of the Olivier Award for BEST NEW COMEDY, this side-splitting 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


In Her Own Words: The Diana Tapes

Having enjoyed critical acclaim at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival and BroadwayWorld’s June New England Pick of the Month, this play presents the true story of one of the greatest media scandals in British history – the publication of Andrew Morton’s book about Diana, Princess of Wales, which ended her marriage and shook the monarchy to its core. The question remains: who was the victim, and who the victor?

In Her Own Words: The Diana Tapes moves between Morton’s office, the sitting room where the Princess recorded her darkest secrets onto cassettes, and the dingy West London cafe where one of her best friends surreptitiously handed them over. The subterfuge and deception are brought to a scorching climax that changed celebrity, privacy, and the Windsor family forever.

Date: Through 27th August
Venue: IRT Theatre, 154 Christopher Street
Websitehttp://irttheater.org/3b-development-series/in-her-own-words-the-diana-tapes/

Special Offer: 50% off regular-priced tickets


Royal Oak Foundation Lectures co-sponsored by St. George’s Society

We are excited to co-sponsor two upcoming lectures presented by The Royal Oak Foundation.

No More Champagne: Churchill and His Money
with
David Lough, Bestselling Author

Thursday, 12th October | 6:15 pm

Holkham: A Family Home for Over 400 Years
with 
Thomas Coke, 8th Earl of Leicester

Wednesday, 8th November | 6:15 pm

Learn more about both lectures HERE.

Tickets go on sale starting 4th September 2017 at royal-oak.org/lectures.

Venue: The General Society Library, 20 West 44th Street
Special Offer: $10 OFF the standard ticket price


Oliver + Jane

Specializing in men’s and women’s clothing and accessories, Oliver + Jane allows one’s personal style to shine through. Every piece can be customized—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 not—in the creative process as they like.

Receive 20% off all custom clothing for men and women at this Upper East Side atelier and boutique.

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


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


Royal Oak Foundation Fall 2017 Lectures

 

We are excited to co-sponsor two upcoming lectures presented by The Royal Oak Foundation

Tickets on sale starting 4th September 2017 at royal-oak.org/lectures.

St. George’s Society members receive $10 OFF the standard ticket price!
Please contact us at hello@stgeorgessociety.org for redemption code.


Winston and Clementine Churchill, 1914
Photo: ©Mary Evans Picture Library 2008

No More Champagne: Churchill and His Money
David Lough, Best-selling Author
Thursday, 12th October | 6:15 pm
The General Society Library
20 West 44th Street

The popular image of Winston Churchill—grandson of a duke, born at Blenheim Palace, drinking champagne and smoking a cigar—conjures up an image of a man of wealth and substance. In truth, Britain’s most celebrated modern statesman lived for most of his life on a financial cliff edge. He had to take risks, speculate wildly on shares, and write constantly to fund his lifestyle. Indeed in 1898 Churchill wrote “The only thing that worries me in life is money.” With unprecedented access to Churchill’s private records, historian and financier David Lough was able to create the first fully researched narrative of Churchill’s private finances and business affairs. Mr. Lough will lecture and disclose the scale of Churchill’s financial risk-taking, his ability to talk or write himself out of the tightest corners, and also expose the links between the private Churchill and the public figure. Depicting Churchill’s financial endeavors across his lifetime, Mr. Lough will also illustrate the cultural shift in Britain as aristocratic inheritances often waned and a new class of business entrepreneurs emerged, forging fortunes in railways, mining, finance, and other industries. Mr. Lough’s remarkable tale of Churchill’s success despite his monetary shortcomings only makes the story of one of the most successful political figures of the 20th century more fascinating.


Holkham Hall, Norfolk
Photo: By kind permission of the Earl of Leicester and the Trustees of the Holkham Estate

Holkham: A Family Home for Over 400 Years
Thomas Coke, 8th Earl of Leicester
Wednesday, 8th November | 6:15 pm
The General Society Library
20 West 44th Street

Situated on the stunning north Norfolk coast, Holkham is one of the finest examples of a centuries-old family estate adapting to the modern age. Thomas Coke, the 8th Earl of Leicester, stewards the thriving 25,000 acre estate, which has belonged to the Coke family since 1609. Its magnificent Palladian style Hall was built by the 1st Earl between 1734 and 1764. The Earl commissioned William Kent to design a building to reflect his passion and appreciation for Italian art and architecture, and to house his collection acquired on his Grand Tour. The interior state rooms feature superb examples of sculpture, tapestries, and paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck, Claude, and Gainsborough, among others. Besides 7,400 acres of farm land managed by the farming company, the estate has other businesses, including a boutique hotel, a holiday park, various renewable energy projects, a National Nature Reserve, and the care of over 300 estate houses, many of which are over 150 years old. Thomas Coke, who took over the running of the estate in 2006, will speak to Royal Oak audiences about the history of his family home and illustrate its exquisite interiors. He will also discuss the challenges of maintaining such a grand estate, which draws nearly a million visitors a year.

‘No Place to Hide’ Book Launch

We were delighted to be selected as a charity partner of the newly-published book ‘No Place to Hide’ by Maurice Evlyn-Bufton.

The New York launch event was held at The Metropolitan Club on 13th July.

The book explores the evolving role of the Banking Chief Operating Officer and 4000 complimentary copies are currently being distributed to individuals within the international COO banking community, with the option to make a charitable donation. So far, the book has raised over $18,000 in donations.

Maurice Evlyn-Bufton has over 20 years of experience in Investment Banking and Global Markets executive search. He set up Armstrong Wolfe in 2011 and has subsequently established his firm as a market leading voice within COO, CAO and business management executive search.

St. George’s Society Board member, Marc Walby, introduced St. George’s in a powerful speech at the event.
Walby described the work we do, sharing stories of our beneficiaries to convey the Society’s mission and purpose.

The London launch was hosted on 16th March 2017 at Standard Chartered Bank’s London headquarters.

Thank you to Maurice Evlyn-Bufton, those who attended the launches in London and New York, and the global community that generously supported the cause.


Armstrong Wolfe are donating 100% of proceeds from Maurice Evlyn-Bufton’s new book ‘No Place to Hide’ to three charities: GCF Bosnia, Sightsavers, and St. George’s Society. Read more about the mission.

Team SGSNY vs NYC

As current St. George’s Society interns, Grace Owen and Aslam Siddikhan lead the Society’s Mountbatten Fundraising Committee. They give an update on goals, progress and their experiences along the way.

Few things would inspire us to do exercise on a Saturday morning. However, for St. George’s Society, we make an exception.

This Saturday, we will be leading a team of enthusiastic Mountbatten interns through the trials and tribulations of New York’s toughest obstacle course, the NYC City Challenge all to raise funds for St. George’s Society.

#TeamSGSNY will be jumping over police cars and crawling through mud immensely exciting.  Training began in June, and the (much-needed!) support from family, friends and St. George’s members has been phenomenal.

The team is dedicated to raising funds for St. George’s charitable programs, and we are honored to be a part of such a meaningful cause. #TeamSGSNY is fast-approaching our $5000 target, and these funds will go directly to improving the lives of New York’s most needy. The charity enriches the lives of the young and the old, by preventing homelessness, providing hope and supporting academic dreams.

We know this challenge is going to be tough. Some members of the team are more experienced runners than others, but we will support one another through each and every hurdle, ensuring that everyone reaches the finish line.

Aslam says: “This is the first large-scale event I have been part of, and I’m really looking forward to it. I know I have worked hard in many areas leading up to the event – from training to reaching out to family and friends who are British or have a Commonwealth background, to support a cause I personally can relate to.”

Grace says: “The Mountbatten Committee’s enthusiasm has been incredible, and we have a 16-strong team taking part. I’ve organized a number of fundraising events in London, but this is certainly the most physically demanding one I’ve been involved with to date!”

We are hugely grateful for all the support we have received, and are looking forward to tackling Randall’s Island’s obstacle course on Saturday (and the well-deserved beer afterwards!).

 

If you would give us some last-minute support, you can donate online. Thank you!

Giving Just Got Easier

St. George’s Society is thrilled to announce we will be launching a new fundraising platform this coming August.

Classy is a one stop shop that houses membership renewals, event registration, crowdfunding and peer-to-peer fundraising all in under one roof. This in an effort to maximize our fundraising potential and therefore our ability to provide vital assistance to people in need.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR ME?

  • Classy offers a more user-friendly platform, allowing you to register for an event, renew your membership or donate to the Society with ease.
  • More ways to support St. George’s! Upgrade your membership, pledge a monthly donation or host your own event or campaign only a few steps.
  • You can access your giving history, update membership details, and manage your recurring donations via an online portal.

Executive Director, Anna Titley, shares that “We are thrilled about the transition to a more comprehensive, user-friendly platform that will optimize member’s experiences and develop new ways in which they can support our charitable programs.”

Keep an eye out for upcoming developments.

Fitness and Fundraising with Team SGSNY

 

Join St. George’s Society as we get fit this summer!

 

Team SGSNY is back to tackle the NYC City Challenge on Saturday 15th July at Randall’s Island Park.

Lead by the Mountbatten Fundraising Committee, we will tackle a series of urban obstacles including climbing walls and ropes, navigating monkey bars and carrying water jugs.

Last year’s team raised over $5000, and this year we’re aiming even higher! WE NEED YOU to help us reach our $6000 goal. Please donate online.

Interested in getting in on the action? Contact us at hello@stgeorgessociety.org for details on how you can join Team SGSNY!


Don’t feel quite up to the City Challenge?

Get fit in a fun and supportive environment, with our very first Summer Fitness Class on Monday 10th July at the British International School of New York.

Suitable for all levels, this class will have you feeling good while doing good with our very own Grace Owen. Following, enjoy healthy snacks and the opportunity to mingle with your new fitness friends.

$20 to participate. Register online today!

For any questions, please contact us at hello@stgeorgessociety.org.