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George Washington Birthday Ball

Feb 24 2017

You are invited to the 140th 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

Ticket sales have closed for this event.



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.

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?


Dunsmore: Illustrating the American Revolutionary War

Jun 17 2016

John Ward Dunsmore (1856-1945) was a realistic and accurate genre painter focused on the American Revolution and Early Republic. His work kept the spirit of the struggle alive for the nation in the early 20th Century. Through a chronological display of the Revolutionary War this exhibition returns 47 recently conserved paintings to their rightful place in the iconography of American culture. Come and enjoy a part of the nation’s historical imagery.


The Spirit of ’76 by John W. Dunsmore – Collection of Fraunces Tavern® Museum

This exhibition is made possible in part by the generous grant support of The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Ends June 2018