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Social and Cultural Program Highlights


2016


Rooftop Summer Social
   
 

10 August 2016 | Northern Territory, New York

Over 80 Aussies and friends joined us on the rooftop of the Northern Territory. Thankfully the rain held off and allowed guests to enjoy meeting new and old friends to the smooth tunes of DJs Cam Run & Eddie Mac on a fantastic summer evening in Brooklyn.




American Australian Association's Westpac Summer Cruise
   
 

14 July 2016 | Harbor Lights, New York

Over 300 guests boarded the Harbor Lights for the AAA's Westpac Summer Cruise on Thursday, July 14. Guests enjoyed a perfect summer night sailing the East and Hudson rivers while feasting on pies and sausage rolls from The Australian NYC, dancing on mid deck and enjoying drinks and photos with the State of Liberty, Manhattan, Brooklyn and Williamsburg bridges for backdrops.


AAA & AWNY 9/11 Memorial Private Guided Tour
   
 

7 June 2016 | 9/11 Memorial, New York

80 American Australian Association and Australian Women in New York members and friends joined us for an intimate and private guided tour of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.

Following the tour, guests gathered at Club Quarters, a delightful terrace overlooking the 9/11 Memorial pools to mingle over complimentary appetizers and drink specials.


March Reception
 

 

15 March 2016 | Interface, New York

On Tuesday, 15 March, 80 members and friends joined us at our March Reception at 
Interface NYC, a dynamic event space and creative membership lounge in Chelsea. Guests enjoyed lamingtons from The Thirsty Koala, as well as plentiful canapés and Australian wine and beer. The venue was beautifully decorated with flowers from The Wild Bunch NYC.


Australia Day Black Tie Gala
 

 

22 January 2016 | Cipriani Wall Street, New York

The 2016 American Australian Association Australia Black Tie Gala presented by National Australia Bank and supported by G'Day USA was held on Friday, January 22 in the grand ballroom of Cipriani Wall Street. A celebration of Australia Day and Australia in the United States, over 400 guests attended this glamorous event, including special guests the Hon Julie Bishop MP; Honoree Gordon Elliott CEO of Follow Productions; vocalist, actress and TV personality, Marcia Hines AM; chef and media personality Mario Batali; Master of Ceremonies, actor and TV host Nick Hardcastle; indie pop musician Georgi Kay; and Broadway performer Amelia Cormack.



 

2015

 
Holiday Reception
 

 

3 December 2015 | Australian Consulate-General, New York

150 members and friends joined us to celebrate the holiday season at our annual Holiday Reception, held at the Australian Consulate-General in New York. Guests enjoyed handcrafted cocktails from the Manhattan Cricket Club, meat pies and sausage rolls from The Australian NYC as well as plentiful hors d'oeuvres and Australian wine and beer.


Melbourne Cup Party
 

  November 2 2015 | The Liberty, New York

Around 120 guests celebrated Australia’s premier horse race at New York’s ultimate Melbourne Cup Party at 
The Liberty NYC with all major races streamed live, raffle and Fashions on the Field prizes.


 

Spotlight On: Aussies in Silicon Alley
 

  8 October 2015 | The Farm, New York

Our fourth installment of the AAA Spotlight Speaker Series focused on ‘Aussies in Silicon Alley’, young Australian entrepreneurs who are making waves in New York’s tech industry. We were fortunate to have four speakers share their experiences with an audience of 70 at The Farm Soho. Speakers included: Founder and CEO of Shareablee, Tania Yuki; Founder and CEO of Float, Glenn Rogers; Co-Founder of LookBooker, Giorgia Rossi; and Principal of BBG Ventures, Nisha Dua.


Rooftop Summer Social
 

  5 August 2015| Northern Territory, New York

Over 90 members and friends gathered at Northern Territory Bar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn for a summer rooftop BBQ on a warm and sunny August afternoon. The barbeque included a sausage sizzle, steak sandwich, Portobello mushroom sandwich and corn on the cob. 




American Australian Associations' Westpac Summer Cruise
 

  16 July 2015 | Harbor Lights, New York 


Over 300 guests boarded the Harbor Lights for the AAA's Westpac Summer Cruise on Thursday, July 16. Guests enjoyed a perfect summer night sailing the East and Hudson rivers while feasting on pies and sausage rolls from The Australian NYC, dancing on mid deck and taking photos in front of the step and repeat.



14th Annual Wine Tasting Dinner
 

 

22 June 2015 | David Burke Fishtail, New York

Our 14th Annual Wine Tasting Dinner was held in the private dining room of David Burke Fishtail on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The evening featured a three-course dinner paired with cool climate Australian and American wines presented by Anthony Allport of The Fine Wine Agency. Starting with a reception featuring Jansz Sparkling Rose, the evening continued with a side-by-side tasting of eight Australian and American cool climate wines over four different varietals.


Spotlight On: Food + Drink Aussiepreneurs
 

 

1 June 2015 | Toby's Estate Brooklyn, New York

The focus of our third Spotlight Speaker Series installment was ‘Food + Drink Aussiepreneurs’, young Australian entrepreneurs who are making their mark in NYC’s food and beverage industry. We were fortunate to have five speakers share their experiences in the intimate setting of Toby's Estate Brooklyn. Speakers included: Founder of Bluestone Lane Coffee, Nick Stone; Managing Partner of Burke & Wills and the Manhattan Cricket Club, Matilda Boland; Co-founder of Two Hands NYC, Giles Russell; Author, Chef and Australian MasterChef Finalist, Daniel Churchill; and Top Chef Contestant and Chef de Cuisine & Partner of Root & Bone NYC, Janine Booth.

 

Young New Yorkers Night
 

 

14 May 2015 | The Thirsty Koala, New York

Our first Young New Yorkers Night was held at The Thirsty Koala in Astoria, Queens. Guests were treated to a wide selection of great Aussie fare such as meat pies, sausage rolls, fish and chips and mini pavlovas, as well as Australian wine and beer on a warm spring evening in Astoria.


Spring into April Reception 
 

  9 April 2015 | Australian Consulate General, New York

We celebrated the beginning of spring at with a reception at the 
Australian Consulate General. The recently refurbished Monash room was decorated with beautiful spring blooms donated by The Wild Bunch NYC and guests were entertained with live music by Australian acoustic guitarist and Dame Joan Sutherland Fund recipient, Gabriel Andrews. Guests also enjoyed pies and sausage rolls from The Australian NYC, as well as plentiful hors d'oeuvres and Australian wine and beer. 
   

March Reception
 
 

5 March 2015 | Bluestone Lane, New York

 

Members and friends braved the cold to join us at our March Reception at Bluestone Lane Collective Café in the West Village. Enjoying some Australian wine and beer with great company in the Aussie beach café-inspired setting helped take minds off the snow falling outside. Guests were also treated to pies and sausage rolls from The Australian NYC, as well as lamingtons, Anzac biscuits and espressos from Bluestone Lane Coffee.


Australia Day Black Tie Gala
 

 

23 January 2015 | Cipriani Wall Street, New York

Just over 400 guests attended the 2015 Australia Day Black Tie Gala in the grand ballroom of Cipriani Wall Street, New York.  Special guests at the dinner included the Hon. Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Ian Thorpe OAM, who was honored on the night for his extraordinary contribution to sport and philanthropy. Guests were entertained by Master of Ceremonies, actor and TV host Nick Hardcastle; Broadway performer Kaye Tuckerman, and opera singer Rachelle Durkin. Many danced the night away with DJ Ricardo Lima spinning Aussie classics through dinner and the after party.

 

2014

Holiday Party
 

 

3 December 2014 | Australian Consulate General, New York

Around 150 members and friends joined us to celebrate the holiday season at our Holiday Reception at the Australian Consulate General. Guests enjoyed handcrafted cocktails from the Manhattan Cricket Club, meat pies and sausage rolls from The Australian NYC, gourmet fudge brownies from Sweet Muse as well as plentiful hors d'oeuvres and Australian wine and beer.


Melbourne Cup Party
 

 
3 November 2014 | The Liberty, New York
 
The Melbourne Cup was celebrated by over 150 guests at The Liberty NYC with the race screened throughout the venue, a DJ playing and Fashions of the Field. 

October Reception & Dame Joan Sutherland Fund Artist Showcase
 

 

2 October 2014 | Adelante Studios, New York

We were excited to feature an arts showcase at our October Reception by past and present recipients of the Association's Dame Joan Sutherland Fund. This was a sold out event at Adelante Studios with over 100 guests in attendance. 24 artists were featured in the showcase which included a visual art exhibition, moving image and art projections, and live performances. Guests enjoy Australian wine and beer, pies and sausage rolls from The Australian, and other treats from The Thirsty Koala.


 

13th Annual Wine Tasting Dinner
 

 

15 September 2014 | Anassa Taverna, New York

The American Australian Association’s Wine Tasting Dinner was held in the private dining room of Anassa Taverna on the Upper East Side, NYC. The evening featured a three-course dinner and wine tasting with Australian and American wines presented by wine experts Anthony Allport of The Fine Wine Agency. Starting with a reception featuring an Australian sparkling wine courtesy of Negociants USA, the evening continued with a side-by-side comparison of ten Australian and American wine over five different varietals. 


   

September Reception 'Living Large in Small NY Space'
 

  3 September 2014 | Decor Aid Studio, New York
 

Our September reception was hosted by DECOR AID, in the interior design firm’s New York studio. Décor Aid head interior designer, Lauren Cusack and Australian-American senior design consultant Barbara Gates of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams shared their top design tips on making the most out of living in a small New York apartment. Guests enjoyed Australian beer and wine, nibbles and networking whilst taking in inspiration for their own homes.


 

Great Aussie Rooftop BBQ
 

  6 August 2014 | Northern Territory, New York
 

Close to 100 Aussies and friends joined us on the rooftop at Northern Territory in Brooklyn to celebrate summer with dinner and drinks. Guests enjoyed Northern Territory’s brand new BBQ menu with sausage sizzles and steak sandwiches, while enjoying picture perfect views of Manhattan’s skyline with a drink in hand.



American Australian Association's Telstra Summer Cruise
 

  16 July 2014 |Harbor Lights, New York

After two nights of gloomy weather and rain in New York, we were lucky enough to have blue skies for our Telstra Summer Cruise on Wednesday, July 16. Blue skies turned into a beautiful sunset as we sailed along the East and Hudson rivers with views of the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges. Around 300 guests joined us on board the Harbor Lights and enjoyed pies and sausage rolls from The Australian, dancing on mid deck and snapping away at our photo booth. 

 
   

Spotlight On: Fashion Forward Aussies in New York 
 

 

4 June 2014 | Wythe Hotel, New York

For our second Spotlight Speaker Series installment, we brought four fashion forward Aussies to the Wythe Hotel to speak about launching their careers in New York. In the spotlight were accessories designer Aimee Kestenberg, photographer Nick Hudson, womens wear designer Benjamin Mach and fashion journalist Hannah Tattersall. The evening was moderated by Julie Anne Quay of V Files and the Australian Fashion Foundation.


Australia Day Black Tie Gala
 

  24 January 2014 | Cipriani Wall Street, New York

The American Australian Association partnered with G’Day USA for the 2014 Gala, presented by National Australia Bank. 620 guests attended the evening, which celebrated Australia Day and Australia in the United States through an evening of Australian food, wine and entertainment. One of Australia’s leading didgeridoo players and composers, William Barton, and singer Paulini were amongst the entertainment. Robert Thomson was honored for his significant contribution to journalism, along with Julie Anne Quay and Malcom Carfrae who are international ambassadors for Australian fashion.  
     



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