the 263rd annual banquet
Over two hundred fifty members and guests of the Saint Andrew’s Society of the State of New York gathered on Friday, November 22nd, at the Society’s 263rd Anniversary Banquet, to honor Billy Kay, a well-known BBC Scotland radio personality who was presented with the “Sammy” Award by Donald Sinclair Whamond, Jr, our 102nd President.
The “Sammy,” otherwise known as the Mark Twain Award, was created to honor leaders in their fields who have had a positive impact on the Scots community around the world.
Mr. Kay’s company, Odyssey Productions, produces documentaries on Scottish cultural history for BBC Radio Scotland, winning five international awards for series like The Complete Caledonian Imbiber. Mr. Kay is a prolific writer of plays, books, poetry and short stories and has been recognized in both Britain and France for his work promoting wine. He is a passionate advocate of the Scots language and is the author of the classic work Scots: The Mither Tongue, and is co-author of the book Knee Deep in Claret.
The Mount Kisco Scottish Pipes and Drums escorted guests in to dinner. Presentation of the Haggis followed, with toasts, a live auction, and musical performances.
Founded in 1756, Saint Andrew’s Society of the State of New York is the oldest charitable organization in New York State. Today the Society embraces its original mission of helping Scots in need through its Almoner Program. In addition, the Society supports graduate students in the USA and in Scotland and provides support to children’s hospitals in both countries.
Members are vital to the success and growth of the Society and continue to celebrate Scotland and its culture contributing to the fabric and diversity of life in New York.
“In Societe Benefice Docte” in the Society badge means Charity, Fellowship, Scholarship.
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