New York – April 20, 2007 - St. George’s Society of New York
presented its 237th annual benefit in the Grand Ballroom of
The Pierre Hotel,5th Avenue, New York. The Gala evening
honored Lord Saatchi.
The evening began at 6:30 pm. Guests were gr eeted by a
receiving line and reception with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres
and silent auction items on display. Dinner and main program
began at 7:30 pm. The program featured the presentation of The
St. George’s Society Medal of Honor to Lord Saatchi, of M&C
Saatchi by President Peter M. Felix, CBE, and a live auction
of luxury items with George McNeely IV, Senior Vice President
of Christie’s, as auctioneer. Dancing to the music of Alex
Donner’s orchestra concluded the evening.
The St. George's Society Medal of Honor is traditionally
presented at The English Ball. The award this year recognizes
The Chairmen of The English Ball 2007 are Vicki Downey and
Maurice Saatchi graduated from the London School of Economics
and Political Science in 1967 with First Class Honours in
Economics. He won the MacMillan Prize for Sociology in that
year. He was the co-founder of Saatchi & Saatchi and is now a
partner in M&C Saatchi. He is a Governor of the London School
of Economics and a Director of the Centre for Policy Studies.
He is the author of The War of Independence, 1999; Happiness
Can’t Buy Money, 1999; The Bad Samaritan, 2000; Poor People!
Stop Paying Tax!, 2001; The Science of Politics, 2001; If this
is Conservatism, I am a Conservative, 2005, and In Praise of
Ideology, 2006. He was elevated to the peerage in 1996 and
served as Shadow Minister for the Treasury and the Cabinet
Office in the House of Lords between 1999 and 2003. He was
Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party from 2003 to 2005.
The Society is a private, member-supported charity providing
stipends to elderly/handicapped poor British and Commonwealth
people living in New York. The Society also provides grants to
repatriate persons to the United Kingdom, assists others
referred by the British Consulate- General and offers
cremation and interment in one of their three cemetery plots.
It was founded in 1770 by English colonists in New York to
help fellow countrymen who had fallen on hard times.
HRH The Duke of Gloucester, KG, GCVO, is the Society’s Royal
Patron. Britain’s Consul-General in New York, Sir Alan
Collins, KCVO, CMG, is the Society’s honorary president. For
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