Sister Cities International Inaugural Gala: January 17, 2013

       The Sister Cities International Inaugural Gala
Sister Cities International holds the distinct honor of having the President of the United States serving as our Honorary Chairperson. It was very fitting indeed that the first-ever Sister Cities International Inaugural Gala kicked-off the 2013 Presidential Inaugural celebrations in Washington, D.C.!
Here’s a quick recap!

DC Mayor Vincent Gray, SCI President and CEO Mary D. Kane, and EU Ambassador AlmeidaWELCOMING DIGNITARIES

An exclusive VIP reception prior to the start of the Gala set an upbeat mood for the start of a great evening! Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, European Union Ambassador João Vale de Almeida and other visiting dignitaries mingled with members of the corporate world over cocktails! 


The U.S. Marine Band in action!THE OFFICIAL OPENING

As the guests streamed into the beautiful Hall of Flags, they were welcomed by a powerful opening performance by the President’s own U.S. Marine Band. The Air Force Color Guard presented the colors as the Marine Band played the national anthem. What an honor to have these world-class men and women open the evening!
Mary Kane and Tom Lisk look on as Ambassador Almeida addresses the guestsTim Quigley, Mary Palko, Mae Ferguson of the Sister Cities International Inaugural Gala Host Committee, then welcomed the guests. VIPs were joined by citizen diplomats and community leaders showcasing the thriving sister city network. Sister Cities International Board of Directors Chairman Thomas A. Lisk, Mayor Gray, Ambassador Almeida, and Mike E. Fox Jr. provided opening remarks.


Guests on the dance floor!


After food and drinks, the crowd was ready to groove! The Mood Swings Big Band performed a series of electrifying smash hits that had the young and old swaying!



Congressman Mike Honda

Congressman Mike Honda (CA-17) praised the network’s citizen diplomats calling them “Some of the most giving people I’ve met.” He later added, “The energy in the room and spirit of the event showcased the commitment, passion and strong principles of this network in its efforts to achieve peace and prosperity for all.” Congressman Honda introduced Comedian Dan Nainan whose stand-up act had the guests in splits. What a fitting way to wind down a fun evening!

Mary Ellen and Mike E. Fox Sr. speak to a journalist from Voice of America


A host of journalists from leading publications covered the festivities!
Check us out on Voice of America:
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