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45th Annual Meridian Ball Delivers Dinner, Dancing & Dialogue To D.C.

By Daniel Swartz on October 21, 2013
Be sure to check out all 138 of our photographs from this event HERE!
The Guest List:
Allison Priebe Brooks, Almus Thorp, Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero, Angelea Busby: 1 | 2, Ashley Taylor Bronczek: 1 | 2, Ashton Theodore Randle, Carlos Miguel, Cathy Merrill Williams: 1 | 2, Christina Sevilla, Conrad Cafritz, Daniel Altscher, Dannia Hakki, Darren Jackson: 1 | 2, Diana Jeanne Lawson: 1 | 2, Don Patron, Ed Henry, Elizabeth Eberhardt Thorp, Emily Elms: 1 | 2, Emily Jansen, Erika Paola Gutierrez, Fran Holuba, Gomez Erwin, Ismail Tekin, Jack Quinn, Jennifer Diamond Haber, Jessica Ann: 1 | 2, John Arundel, Jonathan Capehart, Joseph Richardson IV: 1 | 2, Judy Kurtz Altscher, Karina M Gutierrez: 1 | 2, Kate Glassman Bennett, Laura Denise, Lindley Thornburg: 1 | 2, Lorena T. Jewart: 1 | 2, Ludmila Cafritz, Lyndon K. Boozer, Mathew L. Hebert: 1 | 2, Matt Bronczek: 1 | 2, Michael Chertoff, Michelle Ratpan, Mike Nixon, Nicholas Karnaze, Oliver Wolfe, Omar Popal, Peter Revett Dixon: 1 | 2, Reem Sadik, Rodrigo Garcia, Ryan Seelbach, Sean Randall: 1 | 2, Sery E. Kim, Shirley Henry, Stephanie Green: 1 | 2 | 3, Steve Gerber: 1 | 2 | 3, Steve Rochlin, Susan Lacz, Susanna Quinn, Tara Shi, Tyler Boyd
NORTHWEST -- While perhaps not an official state dinner, Friday evening's Meridian Ball was most decidedly stately, with hundreds of notables in attendance from both the surrounding D.C. community and from corners far and wide.

The black tie affair's list of organizers read like a who's who of Washington powerbrokers, beginning with First Lady Michelle Obama as Honorary Chair and ending with Mot Hennessy Chairman and CEO Christophe Navarre as Corporate Chair, with plenty of commensurate star power in between.

Indeed, with Mot Hennessy as a lead sponsor of the event, to say that the champagne (and cognac) flowed freely would be an understatement. But such libations served primarily to celebrate the Meridian International Center's ongoing efforts to promote global leadership through the free flow exchange of ideas, people, and culture.

Evidence of such diversity is witnessed in the very structure of the Meridian Ball. Guests begin the night with a gourmet dinner either at the neighboring White-Meyer House or at one of the many gatherings hosted about town by various State Ambassadors inside their private residences.

Around 9:30p.m., all parties then come together on the grounds of the historic Meridian House (a protected site on the National Register of Historic Places) for dessert, dancing, and the further exchange of dialogue.

While many of Washington's black tie bashes discourage guests from 'talking shop', discourse (and a good time) is arguably the defining goal of the Meridian Ball -- be it between senior Obama administration officials and CEOs or young professionals and diplomats.

Helping grease the wheels behind such discussions on Friday night was a variety of entertainment options, including the dance floor musical stylings of DJ Pitch One and a live jam band.

Energy came via a variety of sweet treats, from a buffet table piled high with various cakes and cookies to an outdoor crepe station which quickly drew a crowd.

Good food, great people. In a way, the Meridian Ball is really just an iteration of leading by example.

Be sure to check out all 138 of our photographs from this event HERE!
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