Reception in Honor of the 50th Annual Meridian Ball Leadership

Minister Greganti, Mrs. Varricchio, Ambassador Holliday and Gwen Holliday.

In honor of the 50th Annual Meridian Ball, Meridian International Center co-hosted a reception with His Excellency Armando Varricchio, Ambassador of Italy and Mrs. Varricchio at Villa Firenze to thank this year’s leadership committee members and sponsors. We were also joined by His Excellency Wolfgang Waldner, Ambassador of Austria; His Excellency Camilo Reyes Rodriguez, Ambassador of Colombia; His Excellency Hendrick Shuwer, Ambassador of Netherlands; His Excellency Timothy Groser, Ambassador of New Zealand; His Excellency Sheikh Meshal Bin Hamad Al Thani, Ambassador of Qatar; and His Excellency Martin Dahinden, Ambassador of Switzerland; who will host dinners at their residences prior to the Ball. Guests enjoyed refreshments on the patio of Villa Firenze before remarks by Ambassador Stuart Holiday, President and CEO of Meridian International Center, and Minister Plenipotentiary Maurizio Greganti, Deputy Chief of Mission for the Italian Embassy, expressing their commitment to promoting cooperation and understanding through the exchange of people, culture and ideas.

Meridian would like to extend a warm thank you to our hosts, Ambassador Armando Varricchio and Mrs. Varricchio; our Corporate Chair, United Airlines; our Global Engagement Chair, The Whittle School & Studios; and the Co-Chairs of the 50th Annual Meridian Ball Leadership Committee: Loran and Robbie Aiken, Lisa Barry and James Gale, The Honorable Don Beyer and Mrs. Megan Beyer, The Honorable James Blanchard and Mrs. Janet Blanchard, Samia and Huda Farouki, Heather and Andy Florance, Jane Sloat Ritchie, and Suzanne and Glenn Youngkin.

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Whittle School & Studios
United Airlines

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Reception in Honor of the 50th Annual Meridian Ball Leadership | June 2018
Number of Attendees: 90
Impact Areas: Cultural Diplomacy, Public Diplomacy
Program Areas: Culture
Partners: Diplomatic Corps, Individuals/Donors, Private Sector
Minister Greganti, Mrs. Varricchio, Ambassador Holliday, and Gwen Holliday, Italian Residence, June 12, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch)