In 1913, a group of thirteen Basque men, decided to formalize their Basque mutual aid association with a legal charter. With the assistance of a young lawyer Fiorello LaGuardia, who became one of the most popular and effective mayors of New York City, the Central Vasco-Americano Sociedad de Beneficiencia y Recreo was established. This first incorporated Basque Center in the United States initially was a mutual benefit and charity organization dedicated to helping those newly arrived, and to aiding those Basques living in New York that might be in financial difficulties. In addition to the benevolent activities, the Center (now named as Euzko Etxea of NY) sponsored many social events for its members and their families.
With a steady number of members, EENY is currently undergoing a transformation from a traditional “txoko” Basque Club to a more inclusive, open, modern and cultural Centre in the most vibrant borough of NYC. We aim to bring together different generations of Basque- Americans, Basques, Americans and their descendents to celebrate Basque culture for another 100 years!
If you would like to browse the provisional NY Basque Club’s Centennial CelebrationProgram, click here to download the PDF. All events are open except the Gala Dinner which is only for members. If you want to become a member write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, check out the Centennial website at www.eeny2013.com, or the Euzko-Etxea website at www.newyorkbasqueclub.com.
Organizers: Itziar Albisu, Joxean Alcayaga, Anna Mari Aguirre, Enrique Arana, Aitzol Azurtza, Inaki Bakedano, Baraxil Bengoa, Zachary Berhau, Jon Cerezal, Koitz Foncillas, Maria Kontel, Iban Ubarretxena, Garikoitz Udabe.
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