Founders’ Day is an annual celebration honoring the Society’s long, distinguished history. The 2014 Founders' Day celebration took place on Monday, May 5, from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m., at the Racquet & Tennis Club (370 Park Avenue, New York City). NES members and their guests enjoyed cocktails, dancing, music by The Alex Donner Orchestra, hors d’oeuvres, carving stations and a raw bar. This year's event wasco-chaired by Judy Bliss, Lindsey Mullholand and Stephen Storen. The event committee included Scott Glascock, Sara Hunter Hudson, Lucy Kirk, Richard B. Perkins, Jay Sherwood, Anne C. Teasdale and Melissa Zack.
Photos from this year's party, as well as the 2013 and 2012 events, can be found below.
The Tradition of Founders’ Day
The New England Society (NES) was founded in 1805 when Thomas Jefferson was President of the U.S. and the population of New York was 75,770. One of the oldest social and charitable organizations in the country, NES was established to promote “friendship, charity and mutual assistance” among and on behalf of New Englanders living in New York. NES honors the New England heritage through programs such as its scholarship fund for New York City students matriculating in New England, through its annual Book Award for books that celebrate New England, and through its social activities for members and guests. NES held its first official gathering on May 6, 1805 at the City Hotel. Seventy people attended and officers were duly elected, including the first President James Watson. The early activities were focused on two areas: social programs such as the Annual Festival commemorating the landing of the Pilgrims, and charitable works, such as distributing firewood to needy New England families in New York. Though these initiatives have evolved over time, the founding tenets of “friendship, charity and mutual assistance” have remained constant for over 200 years.
PHOTOS FROM THE 2014 FOUNDERS' DAY CELEBRATION
Courtesy of Annie Watt. To view the full set and purchase photos, visit Annie's website.
Photos From Past Founders' Day Celebrations