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.
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:
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.