Ken Burns to be honored at 10th annual gala
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MARCH 15, 2017 – Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns will be honored at 10th annual A Celebration of Scotland’s Treasures gala on March 29, 2017
- Evening will feature live auction by Alasdair Nichol, whisky tasting by The Macallan, and Scottish country dancing to a recently-restored 18th-century fiddle used at the famed Bachelor’s Club in Ayrshire
- 2017 Great Scot Award will be presented to filmmaker Ken Burns, a kinsman of Scottish poet Robert Burns
- The only US event of its kind, proceeds support the work of Scotland’s largest conservation and preservation charity
New York City – On March 29, The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA will present its 10th annual fundraising gala, A Celebration of Scotland’s Treasures, at New York’s Metropolitan Club. Over the past decade, the festive evening has become known for its celebration of all things Scottish, from whisky and haggis to poetry and dancing. The gala is co-chaired by Paula Kirby and Peter McWhinnie, Elizabeth Owens, Michael Scott-Morton, and Naoma Tate. Jill Joyce is the evening’s honorary chair.
A highlight of the evening will be the recognition of award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns as the Foundation’s 2017 Great Scot. The Great Scot Award is presented annually to a Scot or American who has contributed to the countries’ shared heritage. Past recipients include Phyllis Logan, who portrayed Mrs. Hughes on Downton Abbey; comedian Billy Connolly; actor Alan Cumming; and author Alexander McCall Smith. Mr. Burns learned recently that he is a kinsman of Robert Burns.
“We are simply thrilled to honor Ken Burns with the Great Scot Award,” said Helen Sayles, chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. “The ancestral and artistic connection between one of America’s most masterful historians and storytellers and Scotland’s national bard is deeply meaningful to him and to the thousands of Americans who partner with us to preserve Scotland’s cultural heritage for future generations.” “I cannot think of a higher honor than this,” said Mr. Burns. “The poetry of Robbie Burns and the fiercely independent spirit of the Scottish people have been with me since boyhood, and this honor affirms my own body of work influenced by that poetry and that spirit.”
FELLOWSHIP & FUN-DRAISING
The celebratory event also will feature tastings by The Macallan and Snow Leopard Vodka. Alasdair Nichol, Vice Chair of Freeman’s, America’s oldest auction house and frequent appraiser on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, will recite Burns’ Ode To A Haggis before dinner and later will preside over a live auction with lots including a voyage on the Hebridian Princess, a trip to Edinburgh’s famed International Festival, and sea kayaking at Kintail.
The evening ends with a full-blown cèilidh. Scottish country dancing takes place to traditional Celtic music performed by Scottish vocalist Maureen McMullan & Friends. New this year, the National Trust for Scotland has arranged for the recently restored 18th-century violin belonging to Robert Burns’ tutor William Gregg, which was used to accompany Burns’ dance lessons at the Bachelors’ Club in Ayrshire in around 1779, to travel to New York for the event. Guests will be able to dance to the fiddle that Burns himself danced to centuries ago.
Proceeds from the gala support the conservation of the irreplaceable natural, built, and cultural treasures cared for by the National Trust for Scotland, that country’s largest conservation charity. These include the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, the remote island of St Kilda, and Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s domestic masterpiece The Hill House. Last year, the event raised more than $400,000. A Celebration of Scotland’s Treasures founding chairs are Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hubbard and Donna Schinderman.
SIX LIVE AUCTION ITEMS
- Seven-night voyage for two on the HEBRIDEAN PRINCESS Take an unforgettable seven-night cruise on board the Hebridean Princess. This five- star luxury cruise ship is renowned for its exceptional service, fine food, and wine.
- Luxury Scottish Hotel Package Enjoy an eight-night vacation with two nights each at four of Scotland’s most luxurious, stylish, and romantic hotels: One Devonshire Gardens, Cameron House, Crossbasket Castle, and Kinloch House.
- Edinburgh Festival in The Pavilion at Lamb’s House Experience the best of Edinburgh during the International Festival, the Fringe, and the International Book Festival while staying in the beautiful Pavilion at Lamb’s House, Leith.
- Kayaking at Kintail Adventure for four on the hills and the sea awaits, with a week in the highlands at Ferry Cottage on the Balmacara Estate, only a short journey from Skye. Daily ranger led adventures in kayaking and hiking as well as a private tour and tea at Inverewe Garden.
- A Week With Burns Follow in the poetical footsteps of the past and present, with a week in Ayrshire, the birthplace of Robert Burns, and receive a bespoke poem dedicated in your name, written by the Heritage Poet in Residence for NTS, Martin Cathcart Froden, winner of the 2015 Dundee International Book Prize.
- Edinburgh Nirvana A day of golf for four at the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers (Muirfield), including lunch in the world-famous club house, will be yours. Accommodation for two nights will be provided by Prestonfield House, the city’s most historic and sumptuous country house.
TICKETS ON SALE NOW
A Celebration of Scotland’s Treasures takes place at The Metropolitan Club with the marble stair hall as the backdrop for cocktails, whisky tastings, silent auction and the cèilidh. The awards ceremony and live auction are in the magnificent dining room.
Ticket Price: $500 individual; $10,000 table
Event Contact: Maggie Fogel at email@example.com or 212.873.2955.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Hubbard
Paula C. Kirby and Peter M. McWhinnie
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel F. Abernethy
Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Robert Burton
Alan Cumming and Grant Shaffer
Mr. Christopher Gow
Mr. Paul Roberts
Mr. and Mrs. Stanley DeForest Scott
Helen and DuWayne Sayles
Glenn R. Popowitz and John Zoetjes
Cynthia Nichols Bailey
Pierre and Christian Daviron
Wilson and Eliot Nolen
Kennedy P. and Susan M. Richardson
Mrs. Janet Ross
Lady Jennifer Bute
Ned Sullivan | Scenic Hudson
Mr. Gerold and Dr. Jana Klauer
John and Eleanor Rorer
Tom and Tosh Barron
Jeannie and Henry Becton
Sandra Elizabeth Canning
Mrs. I. W. Colburn
Nicholas and Paula Gleysteen
Daniel D Hubbard and Dorcas Beatty Hubbard
M. Holt Massey and Sandra Ourusoff Massey
Chas A. Miller III and Birch Coffey
Mr. and Mrs. Alasdair Nichol
Janice Carlson Oresman
J. Rodney Pleasants and Steve Godwin
Anne Robinson and Andrew Hamilton
Christine and Keith Scott Morton
Pattie and Bob Titley
Nina Christine Yacavino
About Ken Burns
Ken Burns has been making documentary films for almost forty years. Since the Academy Award nominated Brooklyn Bridge in 1981, Ken has gone on to direct and produce some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made, including The Civil War; Baseball; Jazz; The Statue of Liberty; Huey Long; Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery; Frank Lloyd Wright; Mark Twain; Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson; The War; The National Parks: America’s Best Idea; The Roosevelts: An Intimate History; Jackie Robinson; and, most recently, Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War.
Future projects include films on the Vietnam War, the history of country music, Ernest Hemingway, and the history of stand-up comedy.
Ken’s films have been honored with dozens of major awards, including fifteen Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards and two Oscar nominations; and in September of 2008, at the News & Documentary Emmy Awards, Ken was honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
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