Horological Society of New York raises $70,000 for watchmaking education

People-watching at the Horological Society of New York gala dinner and charity auction.

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.


Daniel Fenwick received the Howard Fass award from HSNY Vice President John Teifert.



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