St. George's Society of New York to Honor Bob Dudley at Annual Fundraising Gala on 25th April

2019 English Ball Celebrates Shared Commitment to Community

Bob Dudley

Bob Dudley

NEW YORK, NY (25 March 2019) - St. George’s Society of New York—one of the oldest charities in America—will host its annual black-tie fundraiser, the English Ball on Thursday 25th April 2019, at Guastavino’s in New York City. Honoring BP Chief Executive, Bob Dudley, for his commitment to the transatlantic business community, the gala will support St. George’s Society’s charitable programs as well as unite community leaders and corporate professionals.  He will be introduced by Lord George Robertson, former Secretary General of NATO.

Bob Dudley became Chief Executive of BP in 2010. He joined the oil and gas industry in 1979 and over 40 years has held a variety of engineering, commercial, strategy and executive posts in the US, the UK and Russia, where he was chief executive of TNK-BP from 2003-2008. As Chief Executive, Dudley has transformed BP into a safer, stronger and simpler business, guiding it through a number of difficult times. Today, the company is delivering excellent results. Dudley’s external roles include membership of various Business Councils and Advisory Boards and he chairs the Oil & Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI). He is also a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

St. George’s Society of New York is proud to present Dudley with the 2019 Medal of Honor, which was established in 1996 to recognize those who have rendered exemplary service to British interests and the international community at large.

“The US and the UK have long been two heartlands of BP’s global business – this is as true today as ever. I have been fortunate to have worked extensively in both countries and seen the very best of each,” says Dudley. “In BP, we are committed to having a positive and enduring impact on the communities in which we operate, and St. George’s Society shares this dedication to community. We’re proud to support their historic mission and I am honored by this recognition.”

Dudley will be honored alongside Tim Marlow, Creative Director of the Royal Academy of Art, who will receive the Anglo-American Cultural Award.

“This year’s honorees exemplify St. George’s Society’s commitment to philanthropy, culture and international relationships” said Philip Warner OBE, President of the Society, “We are grateful to have the support of such influential figures in our community and look forward to a very special evening.”

The English Ball is St. George’s Society’s largest and most important fundraising event of the year—directly supporting the Society’s charitable programs, which provide financial and emotional support for people of British and Commonwealth heritage in New York. First established in 1770 as a banquet to celebrate Saint George, the patron saint of England, it has been held with rare exceptions every year since and is now established as the premier Anglo-American social event in the city. More than 350 business and community leaders, philanthropists and supporters of the charity will gather to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2019 honorees. During the evening’s “Fund-A-Scholar” auction, guests will have the opportunity to sponsor scholarships for final-year, low-income students at Lehman and Hunter Colleges, both part of the City University of New York.

 Past years’ notable honorees include Dan Glaser, Sir Martin Sorrell, Sir Win Bischoff, Bob Diamond, Angela Ahrendts DBE, Lord Saatchi, Lord Browne and Sir Howard Stringer.

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Editor’s Notes:

2019 English Ball Sponsors include: Presenting Sponsor: BP; Gold Sponsor: Citi; Bronze Sponsors: Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP; Patron Sponsors: Capital Group, Mr. & Mrs. John C. Harvey, Frank E. Morgan II, Sir Howard & Lady Stringer, Supporters of Lehman College, UK Alumni Group New York.

 2019 English Ball Committee includes: JoAnne Davidson, Chair; Marina Abramović, Oliver Barker, Geoffrey N. Bradfield, Lord Browne of Madingley, Melanie Clore, Lord Davies of Abersoch, Susan Dio, David Drinkwater, Mary Dudley, Peter Felix CBE & June Yee Felix, Mr. & Mrs. John C. Harvey, C. Hugh Hildesley MBE, Bill Jacklin RA, Rodney & Jennifer Johnson, Sean and Mary Kelly, Christopher Le Brun PRA, David Martinelli, Frank E. Morgan II, Lady Alison Myners, Antony & Julie Phillipson, Ambassador Karen Pierce CMG, Natalie T. Pray, Martin J. Sullivan OBE & Antoinette Sullivan, The Rev’d Canon Carl F. Turner & The Rev’d Alison J. Turner

About St. George’s Society of New York

St. George’s Society of New York is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the quality of life for people in need. Since 1770, the Society has aided thousands of disadvantaged people in New York through the unwavering support of its passionate membership community. From protecting the elderly on the brink of homelessness and enabling low-income students attain a college degree to providing guidance and support for families affected by pediatric cancer, the Society provides vital assistance when it is needed most. The Society’s vibrant network of influential people and partnerships with key organizations in the British community make it the preeminent Anglo-American social and philanthropic group in the tristate area. HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO, a first cousin of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, is Patron of the Society.


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