Saint Andrew’s Society of the State of New York

Four honoured at New York gala event

Susan RiceFour leaders in Scottish arts, business and science were honoured at a gala dinner in New York for their work on the global stage.

Hugh Grant, chairman and chief executive of Monsanto Company was presented with the Global Man of the Year award.

US national Lady Susan Rice, former chief executive of Lloyds Bank Scotland, received the Global Woman of the Year award from the St Andrews Society of the State of New York.  Lady Rice is chairman of Scottish Water, and the Scottish Fiscal Commission, and president of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry.

Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde received the Entrepreneurial Leadership Award in Science and Technology.

Dr Fiona Kennedy, the singer, producer and philanthropist was awarded the Cultural Heritage Award.

In addition to raising funds for the St Andrews Society of the State of New York, proceeds from the gala will go to New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Yorkhill Children’s Charity which sits at the heart of the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow.

Society president, Thomas D. Halket, said: “This dinner greatly furthers the Society in the fulfilment of our charitable purposes. Not only are we privileged to honor four great individuals who exemplify all the best of Scotland, we are also pleased that it enables us to continue our support  of two major medical institutions that provide the highest care and services to children of  the United States and Scotland.”

Gala committee chairman, James Heggie lll, said: “This is the second such Global Awards Gala and it is now the major event for the Scottish communities in the USA. The fact that we can not only honor great Scots and Scots Americans but also support two world class medical centres makes our endeavours even more rewarding.”

The St. Andrew’s Society of the State of New York has provided over 150 scholarships to promote cultural interchange and goodwill between Scotland and the United States since 1956.

Photo: Lady Susan Rice, Hugh Grant, Fiona Kennedy, Sir Jim McDonald (click to enlarge)

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