Burns Night Supper

Burns Night Supper Benefit

All net proceeds from the Burns Night Supper event will go to Asheville Sister Cities Inc., a 501c3 organization.

Proceeds from 2019 Burns Night event have made possible a $1200 donation to the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway Scotland for the restoration of the Burns Cottage.  Repairs are needed to the thatched roof, plaster walls and chimney of Burn’s birthplace.  This donation will help raise the urgently needed £100,000 to carry out rethatched, re-limewashed, and weatherproofing.

Asheville Sister Cities Inc. (ASCI) is affiliated with Sister Cities International founded in 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to serve as the national membership organization for individual sister cities, counties, and states across the United States.  This network unites tens of thousands of citizen diplomats and volunteers in 570 member communities with over 2,300 partnerships in 150 countries on six continents.  The Sister Cities help advance peace and prosperity and understanding through cultural, educational, humanitarian and economic development efforts, and serve as a hub for institutional knowledge and best practices to benefit citizen diplomats.

ASCI’s extends Sister Cities International’s mission through formalized cooperation and partnerships agreements between international cities and the City of Asheville.  Founded in 1988, ASCI has 7 Sister Cities in six countries:

Saumur, France;
Karpenisi, Greece;
San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico;
Valladolid, Mexico;
Osogbo, Nigeria;
Vladikavkaz, Russia; and
Dunkeld-Birnam, Scotland.

The ASCI is guided by a Board of Directors comprised of community leaders who are passionate about fostering relationships between the people, businesses, non-profits and the government of Asheville and those in their Sister Cities worldwide.

The neighboring cities of Dunkeld and Birnam are Asheville’s newest Sister Cities, joining in 2017. Asheville has been extending a hand of civic friendship to Dunkeld and Birnam since a delegation visited highland Perthshire in 2012.  The “twinning” ceremony between the two cities was signed in Birnam in August, 2017.  In 2019, the UNC Asheville Alumni Association launched a travel program designed to provide an enriching experience for Alumni and friends and has made its first trip in conjunction with the Asheville Sister City, Dunkeld and Birnam Committee.  Doug Orr and Rick Lutovsky lead this inaugural trip during September 2019 and it included a 4 day visit to Dunkeld and Birnam.

There is also a Dunkeld and Birnam Friends of Asheville, NC Facebook Group.

Proceeds from 2020 Burns Night event will make possible a $1200 donation to a Niel Gow memorial in Dunkeld.  Niel Gow (1727–1807) was the most famous Scottish fiddler of the eighteenth century.  Many of Niel Gow’s compositions are still played today at ceilidhs and country dances.  The annual Niel Gow Fiddle Festival takes place in Dunkeld and Birnam celebrating the life and music of Gow.  It is envisaged that through time the festival and other activities will gather enough funds to erect a fitting memorial to him in Dunkeld.