St. George’s Society’s AGM was held on 20th January, 2016 at the General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen. During the meeting President Richard Sexton, MBE reported on the Society’s achievements in 2015 and four new members were elected to the Board of Directors.
In 2015 the Society had a record-breaking English Ball and GEORGE British Bash, together raising almost $700,000. Attendees enjoyed video highlights from both events as well as videos documenting the stories of people that the charity helped. Reports were also heard from CEO Karen Karpowich; Treasurer Stephen J. Storen; Secretary Ceasar N. Anquillare JP; Scholarship Committee Chair Dr. Paul Beresford-Hill, CBE; and Beneficiary Committee Chair Melissa M. Gibbs.
Past President Robert Titley presented the Nominating Committee’s report and Amanda Bowman, Matthew Broom (pictured above right), Clare Risman and Marc Walby (pictured above left) were elected to serve as directors for three year terms. The Society is grateful to Philippa Cheetham, MD, Susan Lopez, Natalie T. Pray and Nicholas C. Walsh who all completed their term on the Society’s Board of Directors.
A reception followed, during which C. Hugh Hildesley (pictured left) was presented by Her Majesty’s Consul General, Danny Lopez, with the Order of St. George’s Society, in recognition of his service to the Society. Since 2012, Hugh has raised over $500,000 for our charitable programs as auctioneer at St. George’s Society and GEORGE events. Hugh entertained guests with anecdotes from his time as an auctioneer at Sotheby’s including details of the most expensive piece that he has auctioned (the Guennol Lioness at $57 million); and the most unusual item he sold at a charity event (one ton of horse manure!)