50th Anniversary Gala Dinner Celebration
Dear Friends and Supporters,
The New York City Fire Department Emerald Society Pipes and Drums will be holding their 50th
Anniversary Gala Dinner Celebration on September 15th, 2012 at CitiField. We are trying to make this a
very special event in light of the fact that only a few of our founding members are still with us today. We
are seeking support from you and/or your company as a sponsor of our 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner
Celebration. We hope you will be able to join us for a full-filled night that will include a cocktail hour on
the infield and a special performance by the Band.
The New York City Fire Department Emerald Society Pipes and Drums was started in 1962 with
the idea that it would foster and develop a greater appreciation for Irish music, particularly bagpipes, and
to encourage the preservation of Irish culture and traditions. The Band has played in many states ranging
from California to Georgia and internationally, in the United Kingdom and Europe. The Band played its
first performance with only seventeen members; today it is made of over ninety members and plays over
two hundred events a year, including weddings, wreath-laying ceremonies, plaque dedications, funerals,
parades, and fundraisers for charitable organizations. The Band makes a special effort to perform for
charitable organizations such as The Wounded Warrior Project, Wings Over Wall Street, and the Special
Olympics, amongst others.
Our proudest achievements came after 9/11/2001 when it was decided that there would be
representation from the Band at all 343 FDNY members' funerals. We were honored to perform this
solemn duty in order to show support for the families. This was no easy task, with members sometimes
playing twelve to fifteen funerals a day making sure no family went un-served. It was selfless acts such as
this that are common to the New York City Fire Department Emerald Society Pipes and Drums, and it is
what makes this band so special.
If you wish to make a contribution as an individual or corporation, we would gratefully accept your support.
Please help the New York City Fire Department Emerald Society Pipes and Drums organization by
making our 50th Anniversary celebration a success. If you have any questions or you would like more
information, feel free to contact me at the information noted below.
Thank you for your time and I look forward to working with you and your company.
FDNY Pipes and Drums
Chairman of Corporate Sponsorship