The Spirit of Conservation

Thursday, September 20, 2018
Republic Restoratives Distillery
1369 New York Ave. Northeast
Washington, DC

Join Spey as we launch an expedition to study the remote area of northwestern Scotland called Cape Wrath, thought to be one of the last remaining strongholds of a critically endangered species of freshwater mussel. In partnership with The American-Scottish Foundation, this one-night event benefits upcoming conservation work, field studies, and reintroduction programs that will help keep this species from extinction.

Choose your experience:

Ambassadors’ Reception + Main Event

  • 6:30-7:15pm

Before the main event, join select members of the diplomatic community for an intimate reception in the upper barrel aging room of the distillery. Enjoy a guided tasting of a rare single malt while mingling with fellow conservation enthusiasts and policy makers. Includes access to the main event.

Main Event

  • 7:00-9:00pm

Follow the sound of bagpipes to Republic Restoratives for a conservation kickoff event. Nibble on tasty bites, sip a selection of craft cocktails, and explore a silent auction of rare whiskies among the distillery’s intricate stills, before champion fiddler Seán Heely premieres an original anthem inspired by Spey.

Become a Sponsor

  • Flex your muscles for mussels.

Show your corporate or personal support for the environment by sponsoring The Spirit of Conservation event. Your tax-deductible contribution enables leading ecologists to complete critical conservation work in rivers across Scotland – safeguarding an imperiled species for generations to come.

You will be directed to The American-Scottish Foundation to complete your purchase.

Featuring Fiddling and Bagpiping


A World-Premiere Composition by Seán HeelyFiddler
Traditional Scottish Melodies by Tracy JenkinsPiper
and a Wee Auction of Rare Whiskies

Could whisky end extinction?

We think so.


Honorary Chair

Her Excellency Vlora Çitaku
Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo


Vice Chairs

Charo Abrams

Aimee Aryal

Tracy Denholm

Anne De Santis

Michele Hartlove

Lendita Haxhitasim

Maureen Macfadden

Kelly Uthoff

Reid Rollin Houston Walker


Why is this expedition important?

The freshwater pearl mussel is perilously threatened throughout its range and is classified by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature as critically endangered in Europe, having declined by 95 percent.

Scotland boasts some of the largest remaining populations, but even there, the population has halved within the last decade and is now extinct in 73 Scottish rivers. Integral for water purity and river health, this imperiled species demands our attention.

Endangered Mussels in Scotland
Spey and ASF Logos

The American-Scottish Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is proud to work with Spey on this designated project to highlight the restoration of threatened river environments. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent of the law.