The 2016 English Ball, held on 27 April at the Mandarin Oriental in New York City, was a resounding social and financial success, raising over $1,000,000 for the Society’s charitable work. The gala marked the Society’s 246th anniversary and honored three distinguished individuals who are making an impact on the Anglo-American community on both sides of the Atlantic.
Sir Martin Sorrell, Founder and Chief Executive of WPP received the Medal of Honor in recognition of his significant contribution to transatlantic business relations. WPP is the world’s largest communications services company employing over 190,000 people in over 3,000 offices in 112 countries.
Danny Lopez, Her Majesty’s Consul General in New York received the Order of St. George’s Society for his extraordinary service in furtherance of the Society’s mission as Honorary President of the Society. Danny is responsible for promoting the UK’s economic profile, foreign policy and national security priorities in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut’s Fairfield County.
Dr. Amanda Foreman received the Anglo-American Cultural Award for her outstanding achievements in the US-UK cultural world. Dr. Amanda Foreman is an award-winning historian, columnist for The Wall Street Journal and The Sunday Times and 2016 Chair of the Man Booker Prize.
“The 2016 honorees share St. George’s Society’s commitment to promoting philanthropy, culture and international relationships,” said Richard Sexton MBE, President of the Society. “We are truly grateful to have the support of such influential figures in the Anglo-American community. Their participation has created a record-breaking year for the English Ball and will allow us to help more people in need in the tri-state area.”
As well as being a financial triumph, the English Ball is also a great social occasion that celebrates St. George’s Day and the Society’s English heritage. Attendees were greeted by a 15” Union Jack flag hanging proudly in the Mandarin Oriental ballroom and the evening commenced with cocktails in the flag-filled ballroom foyer. Guests enjoyed singing along to the UK and US national anthems and extracts from the BBC Proms in London were shown on big screens and filled the room with patriotic renditions of Rule Britannia, Pomp and Circumstance and Jerusalem. Over 450 guests enjoyed fine food and wine as well as dancing to live music from The Alex Donner Orchestra.
We would like to thank our members and supporters for their collective generosity in helping us achieve this remarkable outcome.
Thank you for your support:
The Kraft Group
21st Century Fox
Cohn & Wolfe
J.Walter Thompson Company
MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated
Ogilvy & Mather
Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide
Young & Rubicam
The Ahrendts-Couch Family Foundation UK
Davis & Gilbert LLP
Marsh & McLennon Companies
Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
Natalie T. Pray
Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, New York
Standard Chartered Bank
The Weather Company, An IBM Business
Joel R. Anderson
BBC Worldwide North America
The Capital Group
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Mr. & Mrs. John C. Harvey
Moet Hennessey USA
The New York Times Company
Sudler & Hennessey