Robert “Bob” Currie of Summit — who organizes the annual Pipes of Christmas concerts in Summit and New York — will receive the 2022 National Tartan Day Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Scottish American Community.
Currie, who leads the international family society the Learned Kindred of Currie and holds the title of Commander of the Name and Arms of Currie — and is also a member of the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs — will receive the award in a ceremony in Alexandria, Va., on April 5.
“We were unanimous is our choice of awardee,” said the Scottish Coalition USA, in a press release. “Bob Currie has devoted more than 30 years to supporting and promoting Scottish-American culture in the USA, from developing the outstanding Tartan Week festival for the past 20 years at Ellis Island every year during Tartan Week to producing the Pipes of Christmas concerts, both are now recognized as leading annual calendar events of the Scottish American diaspora.
“This together with Bob’s tireless work in support of the Learned Kindred of Currie and promotion of Gaelic culture makes him such an outstanding recipient.”
The Learned Kindred of Currie organization has distributed thousands of dollars in scholarship money to students in the United States, Scotland and Canada; and is the title sponsor of the U.S. National Scottish Harp Championship.
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