Top Diplomatic, Government and Business Leaders Gather at the 46th Annual Meridian Ball – October 17, 2014

October 15, 2014

Media Contact: Monique McSween | 202-939-5882 |
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Washington D.C.: On Friday, October 17, 2014, more than 700 top diplomatic, government and corporate leaders will converge at Meridian International Center to attend the 46th Annual Meridian Ball.

Known as one of the most celebrated diplomatic and social events in the nation's capital, the Meridian Ball convenes a cross-section of ambassadors, international and domestic policy-makers, corporate leaders and prominent media figures to celebrate Meridian's work in preparing the next generation of global leaders.

The 2014 Meridian Ball Leadership:

  • Honorary Chair: Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States
  • Honorary Sponsor: Ambassador Peter A. Selfridge, Chief of Protocol of the United States
  • Ball Chairs: Governor James J. Blanchard and Mrs. Janet Blanchard
  • Congressional Co-Chairs: Congressman Steven Horsford and Dr. Sonya Horsford
    and Congressman Ed Royce and Mrs. Marie Thérèse Royce
  • White-Meyer Chairs: Mr. Maxmillian Angerholzer III and Mrs. Lindsay Angerholzer
  • Young Professional Chair: Ariana Austin

The Ball will be preceded by Ambassador-hosted dinners at 26 Embassies throughout Washington, D.C., including the Embassies of Brazil, France, Grenada, Italy, Peru, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, and Qatar. Meridian International Center will also host its traditional pre-ball dinner at White-Meyer House. The pre-ball dinners provide leaders with an opportunity to network and build relationships in an intimate setting before proceeding to the Ball for continued conversation and dancing.

The 46th Annual Meridian Ball is made possible through the generous support of Enbridge, Chevron, Coca-Cola, Gallup and Hess, as well as several other corporate sponsors.

WHAT: The 46th Annual Meridian Ball
WHEN: Friday, October 17, 2014 | 9:30pm
Ambassador-hosted Dinners begin at 7:00pm
White-Meyer Dinner | Cocktail reception at 6:30pm, Dinner at 8:00pm
WHERE: Ball: Meridian House,
1630 Crescent Place NW, Washington, D.C. 20009Pre-Ball Embassy Dinners: Ambassador Residences & EmbassiesWhite-Meyer Dinner: White-Meyer House,
1624 Crescent Place NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
CONTACT: For more information, please contact:
Monique McSween | (P) 202-939-5582 | press@meridian.orgAll media persons must be pre-credentialed to attend the Ball.
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About Meridian International Center

Meridian International Center is a premier global leadership organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. Building on over 50 years of experience, Meridian provides the programs, approach, and environment for leaders to understand global issues and cultures, exchange ideas, collaborate on solutions, and build valuable relationships.

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