Sir Thomas Harris KBE CMG Attends
Benefit Tartan Ball on October 18th at the Desmond Hotel.
Schenectady, NY, October 18,2003
The St. Andrew's Society of Schenectady,
a non-denominational benevolent organization is welcoming Sir Thomas
Harris KBE CMG, HM Consul-General, New York Director-General, Trade &
Investment, USA to its bicentennial celebration Tartan Ball on October 18th
2003 at the Desmond Hotel.
culmination of the Society’s bicentennial is the 27th annual Tartan
Ball. The Tartan Ball is a classically
formal Scottish event, complete with skirling pipes, high stepping
highland dancers and of course the famous “Presentation to the Haggis”.
Proceeds from the ball support the Society’s Scholarship Fund, which
supports youth from the Capital District to further their education in the
Celtic Arts. In the past, scholarship winners have been able to pursue
summer clinics in Highland Dance, Bagpiping and drumming, as well as
several young people attending higher education at universities in
“While the Society still works hard to support charities through monetary
gifts, our larger focus is to support young people interested in Scottish
studies with our scholarship fund,” says Paul V. Harris, president of the
Society. “ Our goal is to ensure that the heritage of Scotland is carried
on by the youth of our community, and to do that we hold fund raising
events such as the Tartan Ball. It is the objective of all Scots both here
and in Scotland to continue the threads of culture and history and create
a future for modern Scotland and all those who claim kinship.
Society supports many non-Celtic local and international charities,
including the Schenectady Inner City Mission (SICM), Hospice of
Schenectady County, Schenectady County Museum, and Rachael House of
Scotland (a children’s’ critical care facility in Kinross Scotland).
St. Andrew's Society of Schenectady is
a New York State non-profit organization and contributions
deductible under the Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3).
For more on this
event and other events sponsored by The St. Andrew’s Society of
Schenectady New York go to the societies web site @
Paul V Harris,
President of St. Andrew’s Society of Schenectady New York (right) with Sir
Thomas Harris KBE CMG