Gamble Your Way Back to 1927 – The Association Celebrates 80 Years with Casino Night

On Friday evening, November 10th 2006, The Hundred Year Association of New York hosted its 80th birthday party by throwing a “Roaring Twenties Casino Night” at The Union League Club (1863).

In recognition of the Association’s founding in 1927, the celebration was reminiscent of life in the Roaring Twenties.  There was fedoras and pearls, bath tub gin and jazz piano.  Games for all skill levels — from blackjack and craps to roulette and money wheels – was the order of the evening.  Professional dealers were happy to instruct and entertain, while awarding buckets of chips!

For those who didn’t gamble, there was music and dancing and a silent auction with jewelry and sports memorabilia.  There was also hors d’oeuvres and drinks – compliments of Moet & Hennessey, USA (1794), one of our sponsors for the evening.  Raffles for some spectacular grand prizes, including a weekend at The Hotel Wales (1902), and other fabulous prizes donated by members and friends of the Association will round out the ‘roaring’ entertainment.

The Union League Club played host for the evening.   Founded during the Civil War by a group of concerned citizens to help preserve the Union, the Union League Club has built, over the ensuing years, a record of distinguished service to city and country.  Members of the Union League Club were instrumental in establishing The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1870.  The club also played an essential role in the founding of the American Red Cross.  It helped erect the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor and the Lincoln Monument in Union Square.  Its members were also critical in bringing down the Boss Tweed ring and in raising funds to outfit American soldiers in several conflicts.

Many prominent civic, state and national leaders have enjoyed the fellowship of the ‘ULC’.  Theodore Roosevelt managed his early political career from the Club’s chambers.  J. Pierpont Morgan was a regular, along with John Jay, William Cullen Bryant, Chester A. Arthur, and Thomas Nast.  Fifteen Presidents, seven Senators, scores of Congressmen, diplomats, cabinet members, and chief executive officers have graced its halls during the past hundred and forty years.