You’re invited!

The American-Scottish Foundation® and the fine pearl jeweler Spey are pleased to invite you to The Spirit of Conservation, a distinguished cocktail reception in support of the critically endangered Scottish freshwater mussel.

Thursday, September 20, 2018
6:30pm – Ambassadors’ Reception
7:00pm – Main Event

Republic Restoratives Distillery
1369 New York Ave. Northeast
Washington, DC 20002

Featuring: A world-premiere composition by fiddler Seán Heely, traditional Scottish melodies by piper Tracy Jenkins, and a wee auction of rare whiskies.

This one-night event benefits upcoming conservation work, field studies, and reintroduction programs that will help keep this species from extinction.

Purchase your tickets.

Ambassadors’ Reception
+ Main Event
Main Event
6:30-7:15pm 7:00-9:00pm
Before the main event, join select members of the diplomatic community for an intimate reception in the upper barrel aging room of the distillery. Enjoy a guided tasting of a rare single malt while mingling with fellow conservation enthusiasts and policy makers. Includes access to the main event. Follow the sound of bagpipes to Republic Restoratives for a conservation kickoff event. Nibble on tasty bites, sip a selection of craft cocktails, and explore a silent auction of rare whiskies among the distillery’s intricate stills, before champion fiddler Seán Heely premieres an original anthem inspired by Spey.
Ticket: $150
Tax Deductible $55
Ticket: $95
Tax deductible $15

Become a sponsor of the event.

Show your corporate or personal support for the environment by sponsoring The Spirit of Conservation event. Your tax-deductible contribution enables leading ecologists to complete critical conservation work in rivers across Scotland – helping to safeguard an imperiled species for generations to come.

Advocate $500
(Tax deductible $310)

  • Two tickets to the Ambassadors’ Reception
  • Mention in select pre-event publicity
  • Listing in evening’s program
  • Name or corporate logo on donor signage displayed during the event
  • 10% off your next order at

Protector $1,200
(Tax deductible $820)

  • Four tickets to the Ambassadors’ Reception
  • 50-word description of organization or biography in evening’s program
  • Recognition from podium in evening’s remarks
  • Opportunity to include collateral in gift bags
  • All benefits of the Advocate sponsorship level

Conservator $5,000
(Tax deductible $4050)

  • Ten tickets to the Ambassadors’ Reception
  • Acknowledgment in all event communications
  • Dedicated article on announcing the partnership, with quotes and link-backs
  • Branded cocktail napkins used throughout the event
  • All benefits of the Protector sponsorship level
Please Select Your Sponsorship Level

Why is this mussel important?

The freshwater pearl mussel is perilously threatened throughout its range and is classified by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature as critically endangered in Europe, having declined by 95 percent.

Scotland boasts some of the largest remaining populations, but even there, the population has halved within the last decade and is now extinct in 73 Scottish rivers. Integral for water purity and river health, this imperiled species demands our attention.

This event will help fund an expedition to study the remote area of northwestern Scotland called Cape Wrath, thought to be one of the last remaining strongholds of the mussel.

Purchase tickets and donate via the links above, or make checks payable to:
The American-Scottish Foundation, Inc.
575 Madison Ave.
10th Floor
New York, NY 10022
t. (212) 605-0338
f. (212) 605-0222

The American-Scottish Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is proud to work with Spey on this designated project to highlight the restoration of threatened river environments. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent of the law.