The American-Scottish Foundation® - Events

The 23rd Burns Night Gala Celebration

The American-Scottish Foundation® invites members and friends to join for the 23rd Annual Burns Night celebration, held in association with the University Club, New York, on Friday, January 19, 2018.

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 wi th a Reception and Whisky Tasting. After viewing the exciting Silent Auction, guests will then be piped into dinner where a traditional Burns Night Supper will follow.

The Master of Ceremonies will introduce us to the world of Scotland's most famous son.

The evening will begin with a Reception and Whisky Tasting - together with Silent Auction. 

One of the evening's features is "Piping in The Haggis". With full fanfare, the piper announces the arrival of 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".

Kenneth C. Donnelly, President of the Robert Burns Society of New York and 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 our orator will take his dirk and pierce the Haggis, concluding with "Gie her a Haggis!".

Music for the evening will be brought to us by Hannah Read & Friends.

We look forward to presenting plenty of music and entertainment for this special evening. With Toasts to the Lads and the Lassies, 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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Individual tickets

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

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!