2015 Diplomatic Gala with Sister Cities International


Join Sister Cities International for an exciting gathering of diplomats, members of Congress, municipal officials, and community and citizen leaders as we celebrate “Peace through People”


TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2015 | 6:00PM – 10:00PM
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Founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, Sister Cities International is the nation’s premier citizen diplomacy network that creates and strengthens partnerships between U.S. and international communities, promoting peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation – one individual, one community at a time.

Sister Cities International is a nonpartisan nonprofit currently serving as the national membership organization for 545 cities, counties, and states across the United States that have 2,121 partnerships in over 145 countries. This network unites tens of thousands of citizen diplomats and volunteers. Sister city partnerships have fostered numerous economic development, arts and culture, youth, sports, municipal, and community development programs and exchanges over the years, in a spirit of international cooperation.

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Individual tickets – $250.

Young Professional Tickets: Special discounted tickets ($150) are available for Young Professionals (under 35 years). Don’t miss this opportunity to rub shoulders with diplomats and municipal officials from around the world! Click here to get your tickets.

Thank you to our Young Professional Host Committee!

Gary Barnabo, Anastasia Dellaccio, Amy Lazarus, Sabeen Malik, Carlos Reyes, and Joshua Walker.

Silent Auction

Get a headstart! Bidding is now OPEN for the Diplomatic Gala Silent Auction! Bid on fantastic items such as Walt Disney World Park Hopper passes, Southwest Airlines round-trip tickets, and a one week stay at The Ridge Tahoe Resort in Nevada, all while supporting Sister Cities International.Click here to start bidding.

Sponsorship Opportunities

For Embassies and Consulates in the U.S.: Get more visibility by sponsoring an international cuisine station! Click here for details.

Corporate and Individual Sponsors: Click here for details.

We’re also welcoming items for our silent auction! Click here to donate.


Sister Cities International is proud to honor the following individuals and organizations for their dedication to the citizen diplomacy movement at the 2015 Diplomatic Gala:

SCI 2013 Gala


Event Contact: Meghan Schmidt, mschmidt@sistercities.org or 202-347-8632

Media Inquiries: Megha Swamy, mswamy@sistercities.org or 202-347-8637

Thank you to our Honorary Host Chairperson & Honorary Host Committee

Chair: The Honorable Norman Y. Mineta, Former United States Secretary of Transportation, Former United States Secretary of Commerce, and Former Mayor of San Jose, California*
H.E. Ambassador Mohammed Jaham Al Kuwari (Embassy of the State of Qatar)*
H.E. Ambassador Paul Altidor (Embassy of the Republic of Haiti)*
H.E. Ambassador John Beale (Embassy of Barbados)*
H.E. Ambassador Kim Beazley (Embassy of the Commonwealth of Australia)
H.E. Ambassador Rachad Bouhlal (Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco)*
H.E. Ambassador Nuno Brito (Embassy of Portugal)*
H.E. Ambassador Iulian Buga (Embassy of Romania)*
H.E. Ambassador Dr. Božo Cerar (Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia)*
H.E. Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. (Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines)*
H.E. Ambassador Martin Dahinden (Embassy of Switzerland)*
H.E. Ambassador Srdjan Darmanović (Embassy of the Republic of Montenegro)*
H.E. Ambassador Claudia Fritsche (Embassy of the Principality of Liechtenstein)
H.E. Ambassador Petr Gandalovič (Embassy of Czech Republic)*
H.E. Ambassador Emanuel Gonzalez-Revilla (Embassy of the Republic of Panama)*
H.E. Ambassador Bakhtiyar Gulyamov (Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan)*
H.E. Ambassador Román Macaya Hayes (Embassy of Costa Rica)*
H.E. Ambassador Kyaw Myo Htut (Embassy of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar)*
H.E. Ambassador Serdar Kılıç (Embassy of the Republic of Turkey)*
H.E. Ambassador Sergey Kislyak (Embassy of the Russian Federation)*
H.E. Ambassador MJ Mahlangu (Embassy of the Republic of South Africa)*
H.E. Ambassador Dr. Hans Peter Manz (Embassy of Austria)
H.E. Ambassador Eerik Marmei (Embassy of Estonia)*
H.E. Ambassador Faida M. Mitifu, PhD (Embassy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo)*
H.E. Ambassador Olexander Motsyk (Embassy of Ukraine)*
H.E. Ambassador Michael Moussa-Adamo (Embassy of the Gabonese Republic)*
H.E. Ambassador Liberata Mulamula (Embassy of the United Republic of Tanzania)*
H.E. Ambassador Palan Mulonda (Embassy of the Republic of Zambia)*
H.E. Ambassador Subhas Chandra Mungra (Embassy of the Republic of Suriname)
H.E. Ambassador Cecilia Nahón (Embassy of the Argentine Republic)
H.E. Ambassador Jadranka Negodic (Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina)*
H.E. Ambassador Josip “Josko” Paro (Embassy of the Republic of Croatia)
H.E. Ambassador Dr. Neil Parsan (Embassy of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago)*
H.E. Ambassador Elena Poptodorova (Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria)*
H.E. Ambassador La Celia A. Prince (Embassy and Permanent Mission of St. Vincent and the Grenadines)*
H.E. Ambassador Andris Razāns (Embassy of the Republic of Latvia)*
H.E. Ambassador José Luis Rocha (Embassy of Cabo Verde)*
H.E. Ambassador Farhod Salim (Embassy of the Republic of Tajikistan)*
H.E. Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae (Embassy of Japan)
H.E. Ambassador Prof. Eliachim Molapi Sebatane (Embassy of the Kingdom of Lesotho)*
H.E. Ambassador Elin Suleymanov (Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan)*
H.E. Ambassador Amélia Matos Sumbana (Embassy of the Republic of Mozambique)*
H.E. Ambassador Réka Szemerkényi (Embassy of Hungary)*
H.E. Ambassador Peter Taksøe-Jensen (Embassy of the Kingdom of Denmark)
H.E. Ambassador Winston Thompson (Embassy of the Republic of Fiji)*
H.E. Ambassador Kadyr Toktogulov (Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic)*
H.E. Ambassador Kairat Umarov (Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan)
H.E. Ambassador Juan Gabriel Valdés (Embassy of Chile)*
H.E. Ambassador Dr. Stephen Vasciannie (Embassy of Jamaica)*
H.E. Ambassador Mohammad Ziauddin (Embassy of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh)*
H.E. Adel Alsunaini (Chargé d’Affaires, Embassy of the Republic of Yemen)*
H.E. Wafa Bugaighis (Chargé d’Affaires, Embassy of the State of Libya)*
H.E. Baak Wal (Chargé d’Affaires, Embassy of the Republic of South Sudan)*

*Confirmed to attend

The Honorable Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Nevada)
The Honorable Senator Barbara Boxer (California)
The Honorable Senator Sherrod Brown (Ohio)
The Honorable Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (Maryland)
The Honorable Senator Chuck Grassley (Iowa)
The Honorable Senator Angus S. King, Jr. (Maine)
The Honorable Senator James Lankford (Oklahoma)
The Honorable Senator Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)
The Honorable Senator Charles E. Schumer (New York)
The Honorable Senator Pat Toomey (Pennsylvania)
The Honorable Senator Mark Warner (Virginia)
The Honorable Congressman Pete Aguilar (CA-31)
The Honorable Congresswoman Corrine Brown (FL-05)
The Honorable Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17)
The Honorable Congresswoman Lois Capps (CA-24)
The Honorable Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01)
The Honorable Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay (MO-01)
The Honorable Congressman James E. Clyburn (SC-06)
The Honorable Congressman Mike Coffman (CO-06)
The Honorable Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09)
The Honorable Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-06)
The Honorable Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (IL-08)
The Honorable Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards (MD-04)
The Honorable Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02)
The Honorable Congressman Louie Gohmert (TX-01)
The Honorable Congressman Bob Goodlatte (VA-06)
The Honorable Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01)
The Honorable Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-03)
The Honorable Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09)
The Honorable Congressman Ron Kind (WI-3)
The Honorable Congressman John Lewis (GA-05)
The Honorable Congressman Dave Loebsack (IA-02)
The Honorable Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (CA-19)
The Honorable Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (MA-08)
The Honorable Congressman Joseph R. Pitts (PA-16)
The Honorable Congressman Thomas Rooney (FL-17)
The Honorable Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40)
The Honorable Congressman Adam B. Schiff (CA-28)
The Honorable Congressman Paul D. Tonko (NY-20)
The Honorable Congressman Juan Vargas (CA-51)
The Honorable Congressman Marc Veasey (TX-33)
The Honorable Mayor Muriel Bowser (Washington, DC)

Thank you to our auction donors!

Get a headstart on the silent auction! Click here to start bidding.

The Baltimore Ravens Meadows Farms Nurseries
Barrel Oak Winery M.E. Fox & Company
Bradford Renaissance Portraits The Newseum
Breadsoda Olive Garden
California Wine Services Reston Limousine
Capital Genealogy [solidcore]
Carol Robertson Lopez SoulCycle
Commissary Southwest Airlines
Crime Museum Swann House
Down Dog Yoga Tempe Mission Palms
Hard Rock Cafe – Washington, DC Thomas Fallon Photography
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis Tim Quigley
International Limousine Service, Inc. Total Wine & More
The Kane Company Walt Disney World
The Kennedy Center The Washington Diplomat
Kevin Hill The Washington Nationals
La Tasca The Washington Redskins
Lloyd-Meurer Portrait Studio of Potomac Village Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
The Mayflower Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel ZengoCycle


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