January 20th, the American-Scottish Foundation celebrated their 28th Annual Burns Night Celebration, commemorating Robert Burns, Scotland’s National Bard, through words and music. The evening brought together leading members of the Scottish American community including HM British Consul General, Emma Wade Smith and Chris Thomson, Head of Scottish Government in the USA who joined over 250 guests celebrating in true Scottish style. Amongst the guests were Michael Malone, Mark Rifkin, Ashley and Steve Ganz, David Disi and Michael McCabe, Breaking with tradition the whisky bearers were all women –Rebecca Bales, Elizabeth Cassis and Rebecca Rawson.
From Burns family members to the Bells and Kellers, there were many leading members of the Scottish community in the room and later leading the enthusiastic reeling!
Following the whisky tasting cocktail hour, overseen by Whisky Ambassador Robin Robinson, guests were piped into dinner where a formal Burns Supper then took place. Kenneth Donnelly, Chairman, American Scottish Foundation, heralded the arrival of the Haggis which was ceremoniously piped in by NYU Pipe Major James Felder and Addressed with great gusto by Robbi Munro. With musical tributes from the award winning team of Claire Mackenzie and Scott Gilmour of Noisemaker the evening concluded with “enthusiastic” reeling – together with on line bidding on over 80 items in the on line auction in support of the ASF Youth Bursary programs.