Scots in New York City raise money to build The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice with gala fundraiser on May 23 at Loeb Boathouse, Central Park, NYC | Glasgow Chamber of Commerce
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Scots in New York City raise money to build The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice with gala fundraiser on May 23 at Loeb Boathouse, Central Park, NYC

Generous Scots in the Big Apple are getting together at a fundraiser at the Loeb Boathouse, Central Park on May 23, 2017 to help build a new home for The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow, Scotland. 

Hosted by singer and West End stage actor Darius Campbell, the evening will feature entertainment from New York Symphony Orchestra with Celtic folk singer Ashley Davis together with forensic mind reader Colin Cloud. DJ Trevor Nelson will be on the decks at the exclusive after party. 

The hospice, which is in the final phase of fundraising for the $27million campaign, is looking to bring in a six-figure sum to help complete this round of funding. 

Lynn Bakst, a member of the organizing committee commented: “I grew up in Glasgow and now live in New York City.  I have seen first-hand the gold standard of care given by the hospice when my father was a patient there. 

 “It is an absolute privilege to be involved with the New York event. Our family are forever grateful for the care and support that was given to our dad while he stayed at The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice. It is something we will never forget. 

 “With the creation of the new hospice the care will be elevated to a remarkable level and I know how much this will impact patients and their families as they face challenges.” 

Heather Manson, director of international fundraising at The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice, said: “We are thrilled that enthusiastic Scots in New York want to work together to help our new hospice.

“The warmth of feeling proves that our new home truly is being built by the people of Glasgow for the people of Glasgow. 

“We still have $1.8m to raise and this glittering gala event will help us get a step closer to reaching our target. 

“After more than 30 years of adapting and adjusting, we are building our new hospice to expand our services, and this will allow us to offer 21st-century palliative care to young people aged 16 years and over for the first time.” 

In day care and on the wards, more than 1200 patients and families are cared for every year.   

Construction work is already underway and the first patients are expected to move to the new hospice in the city’s Bellahouston Park in 2018. 

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Included in the hospice’s NYC fundraising committee are:

  • Gavin Maxwell, senior vice-president, consultant relations, Lazard Asset Management;
  • Ken Donnelly, director of global risk management, Bank of America;
  • Lynn Bakst, art director and consultant;
  • Brian Dodson, CEO, Bee Season Consulting;
  • Gillian Lovatt, director, FP&A, Time Warner Inc;
  • Margaret Kennedy, chairman of American-Scottish Foundation from 2006-2010 and president of National Tartan Day New York Committee from 2—8-2011 and 2013-2014;
  • Katherine Petty MacLane, PiExecutive;
  • Camilla G Hellman, MBE, president, American-Scottish Foundation.

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