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George Washington Birthday Ball

Feb 24 2017

You are invited to the 240th Annual George Washington Birthday Ball!

February 24, 2017
The Metropolitan Club
1 East 60th Street, New York, NY
7:00pm – Cocktail Hour
8:00pm – Dinner

Distinguished Patriot
Captain Paul W. Bucha

Master of Ceremonies:
George Carroll Whipple, III

Black or White Tie
Orders and Decorations

RSVP Required

Ticket Pricing*
Early Bird (Offer available until January 24) – $375
Young Supporters (35 & younger) – $325
Individual Ticket – $400
Benefit Committee Ticket – $500
Patron Ticket – $1,000
Patriot Table – $5,000 – Preferred seating for up to 4 and special recognition in the Ball journal
Corporate Benefactor – $10,000 – Preferred seating for up to 8, special recognition in the Ball journal, AND full page ad in Ball Journal

If you are interested in being part of the Benefit Committee, click here for more information.

For questions please call the Society office at (212) 425-1776. You must purchase your ticket by February 17, 2017.

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About Our 2017 Distinguished Patriot of the Year

Paul W. “Buddy” Bucha is a Vietnam veteran and recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest award that can be given to military personnel.

He received his BS in 1965, graduating academically in the top 2 percent of his West Point Class, number two in Military Order of Merit and a two-time All American and Captain of the Swim Team. Immediately upon graduation from West Point, he attended the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, receiving his MBA in 1967 and completing his Airborne and Ranger training between academic years.

After Stanford, he reported for duty with the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky. to prepare for deployment to Vietnam as part of Operation Eagle Thrust. On March 16, 1968, Captain Bucha was the commanding officer of a reconnaissance-in-force mission that was inserted by helicopter near Phuoc Vinh, Binh Duong Province to locate and destroy an enemy stronghold. When his men were pinned down by heavy machine-gun fire, he crawled 40 meters through a hail of enemy fire to single-handedly destroy the bunker with grenades. Though wounded, upon seeing his unit’s perimeter was about to be overrun, he ordered a withdrawal while providing covering fire. At one point during the night, he ordered his men to “play dead” while he brought in friendly fire on the enemy. He also stood, in full view of the enemy, with a flashlight to direct the evacuation of three helicopters carrying the most seriously wounded from the field of battle. For his actions, Captain Bucha received, among other decorations, the Bronze Star with V and Oak Leaf Cluster, the Purple Heart and the Medal of Honor. Upon his return to the U.S., he reported for assignment as Assistant Professor of Managerial Economics at West Point.

After resigning his Army commission in 1972, Bucha joined du Pont Glore Forgan as a special assistant to H. Ross Perot. He later moved to the Perot-owned Electronic Data Systems Corporation (EDS) as Senior Vice President of International Operations, expanding EDS operations throughout the Middle East and Europe. In 1978, formed his own international consulting company, Paul W. Bucha and Company, Inc. (PWBCO), and expanded to real estate development, building the environmentally acclaimed development Port Liberte on New York Harbor. In 2005, he established, Terra Mark II, LLC which specializes in residential and mixed use development in environmentally sensitive locations. In addition to real estate, he served as CEO of Delta Frangible Ammunition, the world’s leading developer of lead-free ammunition for military and law enforcement.

Bucha actively is involved in national security and veterans issues with the encouragement of President Barack Obama’s administration, and was an advisor to candidate Obama during his 2008 campaign. He is a frequent lecturer to military leaders of all branches on honor and leadership. He has been a member of the Board and an officer of The Fisher House Foundation and Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund which support military families and wounded warriors. He is active in a variety of veteran organizations including the American Legion, the U.S. Army Ranger Association, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Disabled American Veterans, and the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.

Bucha has lectured on ethics in business and government at Harvard, Princeton, Haverford, U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, the Merchant Marine Academy, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. In addition to his military honors, he is a Gold Medallion inductee of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and an inductee of the U.S. Army Ranger Hall of Fame. In 2014 He received the Distinguished Graduate Award from the United States Military Academy. He has four children and nine grandchildren, and lives in Ridgefield, CT, with his wife, Cynthia Bell-Bucha of Cornwall, New York.

 

 

* All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law (excluding value of service of $239 per person) and will directly benefit Fraunces Tavern Museum.

Presidents’ Day Trivia Night

Feb 16 2017

Thursday, February 16
6:30pm / Doors open at 6:00pm
$10 Public / $5 Museum Members

Winners from our Trivia Night with the Bowery Boys

Celebrate Presidents’ Day by testing your knowledge of America’s past presidents! Round-up your history buff friends and brush up on both popular and obscure presidential history to win some great prizes!

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*Tickets may also be purchased at the door. A cash bar will be available selling beer and wine.

2016 Annual Giving Campaign

Sep 13 2016

Thank you for supporting Fraunces Tavern Museum!

This year, we raised $9,365 to support the Museum’s Education and Public Programs. Thank you to those who contributed and for keeping history alive!

 

Make a revolutionary difference by making a donation to our Annual Giving Campaign!





 

For over a century, Fraunces Tavern Museum has existed to tell the story of early American life and the fight for independence. In the last five years the Museum has successfully focused on fulfilling its mission, increasing our reach, and staying relevant. We have doubled our available slots for Education Programs, which is consistently reserved by New York City school teachers months in advance. And just this year, we successfully installed open access features for visitors who are hard of hearing.

But in order to continue to be successful, we need your help. Through this appeal, the first in many years, our goal is to raise $100,000 in order to provide the best and most accessible programming for the upcoming year. Your contribution will go towards strengthening our Museum programs, such as the Education Programs, monthly evening lectures, seasonal walking tours, and Museum open houses.

 

Fulfilling Our Mission

Since 2010, Museum visitorship has increased by 55%. Fraunces Tavern Museum receives government grants that help to subsidize some program expenses but not all. We rely on individual contributions to ensure all of our programs will succeed and our mission, fulfilled.


*Hurricane Sandy

Capital funding for Façade Restoration Project, completed in 2015

 

What Your Support Could Look Like

$50 could provide preservation materials for one artifact’s lifetime
$100 could enable 30 children to visit the Museum
$200 could subsidize the cost of one evening lecture
$500 could fund the Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award
$1000 could feed 200 students marching in our annual Flag Day Parade

 

Will you support Fraunces Tavern Museum?





 

Post-Hurricane Sandy Electrical Equipment Replacement Campaign

Jul 22 2015

 




04/27/16 UPDATE
We have received the first payment towards this campaign! Thank you to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.

09/29/15 UPDATE
We have fulfilled the Scott’s $50,000 matching challenge! To date, we have raised $53,603 bringing our total funding to $641,153 (includes grant). We will continue to accept support as there are always unexpected costs when dealing with buildings that are over 200 years old.

08/05/15 UPDATE
On August 4, Governor Coumo announced that Fraunces Tavern Museum will be awarded a $587,550 grant for the Post-Hurricane Sandy Electrical Equipment Replacement Campaign. This grant will help cover 95% of the total project cost!

But we still need your help. Stanley and Elizabeth D. Scott’s $50,000 matching challenge must still be reached. We have already raised $33,035 to date. Please consider helping us meet the matching challenge!

The Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York’s Fraunces Tavern is an essential part of Lower Manhattan’s culture and American history. Museum attendance has increased in 25% within the last five years, offering a variety of monthly programming and changing exhibitions to over 25,000 annual visitors and the Restaurant is bustling with tourist and locals.

However, the scene at the Tavern was extremely different in October of 2012 after Hurricane Sandy, with winds reaching over 80 miles per hour, swept through the east coast and damaged hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses including Fraunces Tavern.

The destruction caused by the flood waters of Sandy to the historic Landmarked Tavern was staggering. Brackish and sewage water rose eleven feet above street level destroying all of the Taverns utilities systems in the basement.

For forty days, Fraunces Tavern was without electricity, heat, and communications. Led by Executive Director, Jessica B. Phillips, the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York began around-the-clock efforts to restore the utilities to quickly reopen the doors to the public.

Many of the repaired damages and flood clean-up have been lasting – communications, elevator service, boiler and gas line systems, asbestos abatement, and mold treatment.

However, the building’s electrical system still needs major restoration. According to SW Engineering’s report, the Tavern’s electrical equipment may operate without any problems in the short term but its exposure to “floodwater will corrode at an accelerated rate” ultimately increasing the likelihood of future fires and/or service failures.

The Society must replace all flooded electrical components (wiring, conduits, fixtures, overcurrent devices and switchgear) in order to prevent future fires due to corrosion. This massive and necessary project will cost $614,500.

It would be devastating if a fire were to occur in the five wood framed historic buildings that make up the Fraunces Tavern complex. The safety of the visitors, staff, and history are a top priority for the Society. Honorary Past President and major Museum supporter, Stanley D. Scott understands the urgency of this project. Along with his wife, Elizabeth, the Scotts have generously promised to match up to $50,000 of contributions made to the Post-Hurricane Sandy Electrical Replacement Project.

This coming October will mark the three year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. Will you join us in keeping Fraunces Tavern safe and accessible?