47th Annual Meridian Ball


The 47th Annual Meridian Ball, chaired by Ambassador Beatrice Welters and Mr. Anthony Welters, was made possible through the generous support of Corporate Chair The Coca-Cola Company; Ambassador’s Circle Sponsors Chevron and Gallup; Diplomat’s Circle Sponsors BARD, DLA Piper, HESS, and The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates; and numerous other corporate sponsors and individual contributors.

Ball Committees

Embassy Patrons

Meridian International Center is grateful for the generous support and hospitality of:

ARGENTINA Her Excellency Cecilia Nahón The Ambassador of the Argentine Republic and Mr. Sergio Alfredo García Gómez
AZERBAIJAN His Excellency Elin Suleymanov The Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Mrs. Elin Suleymanov
BARBADOS His Excellency John E. Beale The Ambassador of Barbados and Mrs. Leila Beale
BELGIUM His Excellency Johan Verbeke The Ambassador of Belgium and Mrs. Catherine Verbeke
BRAZIL His Excellency Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado The Ambassador of Brazil
CANADA Mr. Denis Stevens Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Canada and Ms. Genevieve Chanteloup
COLOMBIA His Excellency Juan Carlos Pinzon The Ambassador of the Republic of Colombia and Mrs. Pilar de Pinzon
ECUADOR His Excellency Francisco Borja The Ambassador of the Republic of Ecuador
EGYPT His Excellency Yasser Reda The Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt and Mrs. Nahla Reda
GERMANY His Excellency Dr. Peter Wittig The Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany and Mrs. Huberta von Voss-Wittig
HUNGARY Her Excellency Dr. Réka Szemerkényi The Ambassador of Hungary and Mr. Szabolcs I. Ferencz
IRELAND Her Excellency Anne Anderson The Ambassador of Ireland and Dr. Frank Lowe
LUXEMBOURG His Excellency Jean-Louis Wolzfeld The Ambassador of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
MONACO Her Excellency Maguy Maccario Doyle The Ambassador of the Principality of Monaco
NETHERLANDS His Excellency Henne Schuwer The Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
PANAMA His Excellency Emanuel Gonzalez-Revilla The Ambassador of the Republic of Panama and Mrs. Luciana Gonzalez-Revilla
QATAR His Excellency Mohammed Jaham Al Kuwari The Ambassador of the State of Qatar
SOUTH AFRICA His Excellency Mninwa Mahlangu The Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa and Mrs. Nomaswazi Mahlangu
SRI LANKA His Excellency Prasad Kariyawasam The Ambassador of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and Mrs. Kanthi Kariyawasam
SWEDEN His Excellency Björn Lyrvall The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Sweden and Mrs. Madeleine Lyrvall
SWITZERLAND His Excellency Martin Dahinden The Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation and Mrs. Dahinden
TUNISIA His Excellency Faycal Gouia The Ambassador of the Republic of Tunisia
TURKEY His Excellency Serdar Kılıç The Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey and Mrs. Zeliha Sinem Kılıç

Corporate Sponsors

Chairman's Circle

Ambassador's Circle

Diplomat's Circle

Linden Circle

Crescent Circle

Terrace Circle


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