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National Patron Program

Why Should You Become a National Patron?

Your National Patronage ensures that the ESU has both sound Branches and a strong National Headquarters to advance our shared mission and values. As a National Patron, you play a key role in support meaningful cultural and educational programs that enrich the lives our members and thousands of middle school, high school and college students nationwide, as well as the greater international community of those teaching, learning and speaking English.

As a National Patron You Will:

  • be able to designate up to half of your gift to your local Branch while receiving national recognition for the full amount of your gift
  • have the option to make quarterly payments
  • receive the special benefits of your membership level

Questions? Contact Kevin Simmonds
at 212-818-1200 ext 244 or ksimmonds@esuus org

ESU National Patron Program Membership Levels and Benefits

National Donor $300
  • Option to direct up to half of this gift to your Branch
  • National recognition of your gift in ESU publications (online and in print)
  • Reduced rates for Branch lectures, dinners and related activities; priority seating; pre-/post-event receptions with speakers and other dignitaries (subject to Branch custom)
  • Invitation to the National Patron Reception at the ESU Annual Meeting
  • Advance notice and priority booking for ESU-sponsored member travel opportunities and tours
  • Notice of exclusive Patron-only travel opportunities
  • ESU member ticket prices to special events at Dartmouth House
  • ESU member rate at the Chesterfield Hotel, Mayfair, London
  • Complimentary glass of wine or pint of beer with meal at your first visit to either NYC's Shakespeare Pub or the Peacock Restaurant at the William on East 39th St. upon presentation of your Patron membership card
National Sponsor $500
  • All benefits listed above
  • Complimentary admission and priority seating at special national functions such as the National Shakespeare Competition at Lincoln Center
  • Advance notice and priority booking for exclusive Patron-only travel
  • A special subscription rate for select Archant publications including Discover Britain, The English Garden and The English Home
  • An exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of facilities/spaces not open to the public at Tower of London, courtesy of Historic Royal Palaces
National Sustainer $750
  • All benefits listed above
  • Invitations to the International At Home coffee mornings at Dartmouth House organized by the ESU
  • Complimentary admission to all ESU-sponsored lectures, receptions and events at the National Headquarters in New York
  • Discount on Brunel's London Boat Trip, River Walk, and Tunnel Descent
President's Circle $1,000
  • All benefits listed above
  • A 15% discount at Brooks Brothers stores and website
  • Lunch or dinner with ESU Chair
  • Complimentary one-year membership to the Brunel Museum
Chairman's Circle $2,500
  • All benefits listed above
  • Priority consideration for tickets to exclusive events available to ESU members such as the Buckingham Palace Garden Party and the Commonwealth Day Observance at Westminster Abbey
National Fellow $5,000
  • All benefits listed above
  • Favorable rates for the use of the Garden Lounge at National Headquarters for a private event (subject to availability)
  • Priority consideration for tickets to events at Dartmouth House with The Princess Royal, patroness of the ESU
Walter Hines Page Society $10,000
  • All benefits listed above
  • Complimentary use of the Garden Lounge at National Headquarters for private events (subject to availability)

If you are a first-time Patron or if you wish to move to a higher Patron level, you may arrange a convenient payment schedule by calling Kevin Simmonds in the Development Office at National Headquarters at 212-818-1200 ext. 244.

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