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The 24th Burns Night Gala Celebration


The American-Scottish Foundation® invites members and friends to join for the 24th Annual Burns Night celebration, held in association with the University Club, New York, on Friday, January 18, 2019.

Join us as we honor and celebrate Scotland's national bard, Robert Burns, in words and music. Reserve your tickets for a wonderful evening in true Scottish style and tradition!


The Presentation and Address to the Haggis, and Burns Night guests

The evening will begin with a Reception and Whisky Tasting by Glendronach Single Malt Scotch Distillery with Brand Ambassadors Greg King and Stewart Buchannan. After viewing the exciting Silent Auction, guests will then be piped into dinner where a traditional Burns Night Supper will follow.

Kenneth Donnelly, President, Burns Society of New York and Chairman, American-Scottish Foundation as The Master of Ceremonies will introduce us to the world of Scotland's most famous son, Robert Burns. With full fanfare, the piper will herald the Haggis, leading a procession comprising the chef, the orator and the whisky bearers to present the Haggis. After circling the room in order that all assembled guests may see the magnificent Haggis, it then is placed in position ready to be "addressed".

Our orator, Robbi Munro, will present a resounding and animated recital of Burns' "Address To A Haggis". At the appropriate time, during the line "An cut you up wi ready slight", with a flourish taking his dirk and piercing the Haggis, concluding with "Gie her a Haggis!".

Music for the evening will be brought to us by Mike Ogotree's Shortbread.

We look forward to presenting plenty of music and entertainment for this special evening. With Toasts to the Lads and the Lassies from Mike Ogotree and welcome to New York from Alloway Scotland Sophie Craig who this year performed on Burns Anniversary at the Burns Cottage and for the Robert Burns International Foundation in Budapest.

The evening will conclude with Reels - an evening of true Scottish style and tradition.

Make your reservations here, using our secure online booking facility. Note that ASF Special Member Pricing only relates to full membership of the Foundation.

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Alternatively, download your invitation and reply to us by mail.


A Winter Raffle will be drawn with many exciting prizes! Download our invitation package to purchase tickets, or buy on the night!


We welcome donations of goods or services for our Silent Auction on the night! Please download a submission form here!

Review pictures of the past years' events: Burns Night 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012!



Kenneth Donnelly,
President of the Burns Society of New York and ASF Chairman,
will introduce us to the world of Scotland's most famous son, Robert Burns.

With full fanfare, the piper will herald the Haggis, leading a procession comprising the chef, the orator and the whisky bearers to present the Haggis. After circling the room in order that all assembled guests may see the magnificent Haggis, it then is placed in position ready to be "addressed".

Robbie Munro,
Our orator, will present a resounding and animated recital of Burns' "Address To A Haggis". At the appropriate time, during the line "An cut you up wi ready slight", with a flourish taking his dirk and piercing the Haggis, concluding with "Gie her a Haggis!".

Sophie Craig
Sophie is 17 years old and lives only a stoneís throw from the Cottage where Robert Burns was born in Alloway.

A Robert Burns World Federation National Champion in both singing and in recitation, Sophie is also a member of the National Youth Choir of Scotland. Her passion for performing arts and for bringing the Bardís work to life has seen her invited to perform at numerous prestigious events throughout the UK and beyond.

In 2018, Sophie performed at the Robert Burns International Foundation Burns Supper in Budapest for the British Ambassador and 350 international guests. She also had the special honour of performing at a unique Burns Supper held in Burns Cottage itself on the anniversary of his birth.

Sophie has helped a number of charities but has built a very special friendship with the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow who provide palliative care to 1200 patients and their families each year. Following her performance for the ASF in New York, Sophie will travel to London to perform again for the Hospice at very prestigious fundraising Burns Supper.