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A Celebration of Scotland's Treasures

Thursday, April 11, 2019

The Metropolitan Club, NYC

An Evening of Scottish Music, Dining, and Dancing

Please join us for a festive evening celebrating all that we love about Scotland – from coastlines to castles, from art to architecture, from wildlife to wilderness – with a little whisky thrown in for good measure!

Honorary Chair

Naoma Tate


Alan Cumming and Grant Shaffer | Christopher Forbes | Joan Kahn | Susi and Alasdair Nichol


Katie McNally & Friends

Hailed as “…the new face of Scottish fiddling in the USA” (The Living Tradition), Katie McNally has already made her mark on Celtic music in North America. Her 2016 release “The Boston States” pays homage to the living Scottish and Cape Breton tradition in her hometown of Boston. In addition to fronting her own trio, Katie performs with Fàrsan, transatlantic collective Apiary, and has toured with such Celtic music luminaries as Carlos Nuñez, Karan Casey, and John Whelan. Recent cover-girl for Fiddler Magazine, Katie has performed in the US and abroad at the Newport Folk Festival, Celtic Connections, the Barns at Wolf Trap, and The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes.

Alasdair Nichol

Alasdair Nichol, our auctioneer for the evening, is an international authority on paintings, a frequent appraiser on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow since 1998 and is Chairman and co-owner of Freeman’s, America’s oldest auction house. Mr. Nichol has lectured extensively in both the United States and in the United Kingdom at universities, art schools, societies and private clubs on a variety of subjects, ranging from the Art Market to the Pennsylvania Impressionists and Scottish Art. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Alasdair originally trained as a painter in Aberdeen and then Belfast, where he graduated with a Master’s Degree in 1984.

The Macallan

The Macallan is one of the world’s most awarded and admired single malts. This peerless reputation has been built by the commitment of The Masters of Spirit and Wood, the craftsmen at the heart of The Macallan since it was legally licensed in 1824. Their unfaltering obsession with selecting exceptional oak casks and distilling sublime spirits brings an unsurpassed, timeless quality to The Macallan.

A Celebration of Scotland’s Treasures Image Gallery

Auction and Gift Bag Sponsors

About the Great Scot Award

The Great Scot Award is presented annually to a Scot or American who has contributed to the countries’ shared heritage. The recipient is selected by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees and the award presentation is the highlight of the annual gala, A Celebration of Scotland’s Treasures

Great Scot Award Honorees

  • Honorees 2008-2015


     Sir Billy Connolly

    Stand up comedian, actor, musician, TV presenter, and artist


    Richard Scott

    10th Duke of Buccleuch and the 12th Duke of Queensbury


    Ian Gow

    Chief Curator, National Trust for Scotland


    The International Alliance for the Advancement of Scottish Roots Music


    Mrs. Thomas J. Hubbard



    Christopher Forbes

    Vice chairman of Forbes Inc., noted collector and connoisseur


    Alan Cumming

    Award-Winning Actor, Singer, Writer, Producer, Director, and Author


    Alexander McCall Smith

    Internationally Acclaimed Author

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