The Horological Society of New York (HSNY) celebrated 153 years of tradition at their annual Gala & Charity Auction on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, raising more than $45,000 towards their mission of horological education. In addition, $30,000 in scholarships were awarded to watchmaking students and $10,000 was awarded to a watchmaking school.
Around 200 members and guests gathered for the event at Manhattan Penthouse in Union Square for the charity auction and presentation of three $10,000 scholarships to Aleksandra Halic at the North American Institute of Swiss Watchmaking in Dallas, Texas; Nural Amin who is studying at the York Time Institute in York, Pennsylvania; and Gerard Connolly, a contingent student based in Boston, Massachusetts.
For the first time in its history, HSNY also donated an additional $10,000 to the watchmaking faculty at The Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology at Paris Junior College.
The college, which is today one of nine remaining full-time horological institutions in the United States, has been struggling financially, but the HSNY’s donation, which was matched by the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute (AWCI), will ensure that the institution continues to thrive and produce certified watchmakers for years to come.
The 2019 Howard Fass Award was proudly presented to Daniel Fenwick, a longtime member of HSNY and a leader in the horological industry. This highest honor is bestowed to individuals judged to have shown extraordinary dedication to the ideals which the Society pursues.