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March 23, 2012

Fundraising Dinner a Rousing Success!

Celebration of Canadian-Scots Supports Important Initiatives

On Wednesday, March 21 guests of the Clan Currie Society and the Canadian Friends of Scotland finally learned what exactly Tyrannosaurus Rex, Scottish Highlanders, Stalwart Canadians, and great single malt whisky all have in common? One hell of a great fundraising dinner!

The fabulous Mary Queen of Scots restaurant in New York City played host to a sumptuous dinner paired with some incredible rare single malt scotches from Adelphi Distillery. The sold out event was co-hosted by the Clan Currie Society and the Canadian Friends of Scotland.

Proceeds from the evening benefited the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum in Alberta, Canada and the upcoming documentary film on James Bruce, 8th Earl of Elgin and Governor General of the Province of Canada.

The hosts for the evening, Lord Charles Edward Bruce and his brother Alex Bruce (brand manager for Adelphia Distillery) delighted dinner guests with song, verse, and some very lovely and rare drams. Lord Bruce kicked off the evening with a rendition of Robert Burns' Address to the Haggis ably supported by piper Danny Sprague.

Guests were also treated to a memorable meal starting off with a Chilled Duck Confit paired with Benriach 1979 32-year old (Speyside) whisky, followed by Cullen Skink paired with Highland Park 1997-14 year old (Highland). The main course was a wonderful Venison Wellington served with Bunnahabhain 1991-20 year old (Islay) malt. The meal concluded with a superb Chocolate Stout Pot de Creme paired with Glen Grant 1985-23 year old (Speyside) single malt.

Later in the evening, Lord Bruce returned to sing to the Honours of Scotland which literally had the crowd on their seats and eventually on the tables! We are delighted to report that no whisky was lost and no dinner guest was hurt during the toast.

Throughout the evening, guests bid on a wide array of Silent Auction items, including VIP tickets to the Pipes of Christmas, a trio of autographed books from renown paleontologist Philip J. Currie, an array of framed artwork (including a stunning framed facsimile copy of the Declaration of Arbroath), a tie and scarf set in the new Ellis Island tartan, and ladies jewelry from Michael Kaye Couture.

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Clan Currie Society/Canadian Friends of Scotland Dinner

March 21, 2012

Mary Queen of Scots Restaurant

New York City