Wallace Award® Highland Spring Fling

We invite you to join us from 6:30pm on Friday, March 18, 2016 at the University Club, New York City, for our Wallace Award® Highland Spring Fling and 60th Anniversary Celebration!

The Wallace Award recognizes the success of Scots, those of Scottish descent and Americans as well as Canadians, who have been instrumental in contributing to the well-being of both countries.

Download the full invitation as a PDF file or a zip of JPG files here.

Our honorees are Sir Thomas M. Devine, Kt OBE FBA FRSE, internationally renowned Scottish historian and academic,
Sir Tom Farmer, CVO CBE KCSG DL
, Scottish businessman and founding Chancellor of Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, and Kenneth B. Miller, great-grandson of Andrew Carnegie, Chairman Emeritus of Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, a Trustee for the American Foundation for the Blind and the Alexander Robertson School. See biographies below.

From the sound of the bagpipes and whisky tasting, dinner and dancing - come celebrate with us. The " Highland Spring Fling" will feature performances by ASF Lord Malcolm Douglas-Hamilton Bursary Awardees.

The evening benefits the ongoing work of the Foundation and the
Lord Malcolm Douglas Hamilton Bursary Program
allowing ASF to further our mission of strengthening ties between Scotland and the United States through the pursuit of contemporary social, cultural, educational and business activities. It is one of the most significant events for the ASF during the year and the selection of Honorees is done with much thought and deliberation.

There are many ways to be involved from attending the Gala, to advertising and to donating to the live & silent auctions and raffle. To discuss other opportunities please call the ASF Events office on 212 605 0338 or email americanscottishfoundation@gmail.com

Reservations may be made securely online via Paypal below, or you may download the reservation form in PDF format if you would rather purchase your table or tickets by check or credit card offline. Forms may be faxed to us at 212 605 0222. Please be in touch with us regarding specific seating requests.

Advertising or personal/corporate messages in the Program for the evening - which will be both printed and showcased online - can be reserved by downloading our advertising pack for full details.

During the evening, there will be Live and Silent Auctions. We greatly appreciate all donations. Download a submission form here.

We will also be holding a Raffle on the night with exciting prizes. Raffle tickets are not sold online but can be ordered on the reservation form.


ORKNEY Table of 10 - $25,000
(color page message & Thistle Corporate or Patron membership)

SKYE Table of 10 at $15,000
(color 1/2 page message & Heather Corporate or Benefactor membership)

MULL Table of 10 at $10,000
(color 1/2 page message & Bluebell Corporate or Donor membership)

ISLAY Table of 10 at $5,000 (1/2 page message & Donor membership)

ARRAN ASF Members Table of 10 at $3,750

Payment amount in excess of $210 per guest is tax-deductible to the extent of the law.


ORKNEY individual ticket at $2,500 (two tickets Benefactor membership)

SKYE individual ticket at $1,500
(two tickets Donor membership)

MULL individual ticket at $1,000

ISLAY individual ticket at $500


ARRAN ASF Members individual ticket at $375

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NOTE: Make a saving on your ticket (and for future ASF Events) by taking annual membership of the Foundation. Go here to join us, and then return to this page to buy your tickets for this event at the membership rate!

Sir Thomas M. Devine Kt OBE FBA FRSE

Sir Thomas Devine is the Sir William Fraser Professor of Scottish History and Palaeography Emeritus in the University of Edinburgh.

Sir Tom has won all three major prizes for Scottish historical research (Hume Brown, Saltire and Henry Duncan Prize Lectureship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh), is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (elected 1992), a Fellow of the British Academy (elected 1994) and an Honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy (elected 2001): the only UK Humanities scholar elected to all three of the national academies in the British Isles for which he is eligible.

Educated at the University of Strathclyde and has held leadership positions at Strathclyde, the University of Aberdeen, and the University of Edinburgh.

Sir Tom is the author or editor of more than 3 dozen books and close to 100 articles on a variety of topics all pertinent to Scotland and Scottish culture and history. He is the author of the best selling book, The Scottish Nation. Sir Tom is regarded as the foremost authority of International Diaspora studies.

Sir Thomas "Tom" Farmer, CVO CBE KCSG DL

Sir Tom founded Kwik-Fit in Edinburgh in 1971, and it became the world's largest auto service company, with 2,000 centers in 18 countries, before being sold to Ford in 1999. He has a number of new interests, including property development and business start-ups.

His present appointments include: Honorary President of Young Enterprise Scotland, Honorary President of the Entrepreneurial Exchange, Deputy Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh, and Non-Executive Director of Scottish Power. In March 2007, he was appointed founding Chancellor of Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh.

Sir Tom was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1997, and in 2009 he was made Commander of the Victorian Order (CVO). He has additional honors from the Netherlands, Poland and the Vatican. He holds honorary doctorates from Queen Margaret University, Napier University, Glasgow Caledonian University, University of Edinburgh, University of
St. Andrews, and an honorary fellowship from Stevenson College.

Amongst the awards he has received are:
The Andrew Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy (the first Scot to receive the Medal),
The Institute of Management Gold Medal,
Scotland's Elite Leader of the Year Award,
Scottish Businessman of the Year,
The Golden Plate Award from the American Academy of Achievement,
The Entrepreneurial Exchange's Exceptional Achievement Award,
Companionship of The Royal College of Surgeons,
Fellow of The Royal Society of Edinburgh,
and the Scottish Business Award for outstanding contribution to Scottish Business.

Kenneth B. Miller

Kenneth Miller, great-grandson of Andrew Carnegie, is Chairman Emeritus of Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, a Trustee for the American Foundation for the Blind and the Alexander Robertson School.

During his almost 40 years with the Smithsonian, he has served on the National Board and as a senior strategist for the National Science Resources Center (now Smithsonian Science Education Center). He has also been a board director and head of institutional business development at Tutor.com.

Kenneth has an A.B. in Logic and Philosophy of Science from Princeton University, and is a great-grandson of industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, one of the most well-known and admired Scots.

See a History of the Wallace Award® and Past Recipients

To get an idea of what to expect of this magnificent evening, review details and photographs from the most recent Gala Dinners:

2014 Gala Dinner Journal
Photographs of the 2014 event

2012 Gala Dinner Journal
Photographs of the 2012 event