Party Pics: The Meridian Ball

The Meridian Ball is widely recognized as one of D.C.'s biggest black-tie bashes, attended by public officials including Cabinet members, Supreme Court Justices and members of Congress.

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The 43rd annual Meridian Ball is widely recognized as one of D.C.'s biggest black-tie bashes. Attended by public officials including Cabinet members, Supreme Court Justices and members of Congress, as well as key members of the international business and cultural communities, the ball is preceded by intimate dinners hosted by ambassadors at their residences or embassies. After dinner, all guests re-convene at Meridian in the elegant historic houses designed by John Russell Pope for dancing, conversation and dessert.
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More than 750 members of the public, private, diplomatic and media sectors were in attendance, representing a powerful cross-section of the Washington and international communities.
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The evening began with formal dinners hosted by 22 ambassadors at their embassies or residences, and a private dinner at Meridian’s White Meyer House.
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Ball Chair the Honorable Mary M. Ourisman goes DJ!
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Attendees enjoyed dancing, drinks and food stations representing more than 12 nations and regions, with signs noting Meridian’s history in each country.
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White-Meyer Dinner chair Susanna Quinn with Jack Quinn and CNN's Dana Bash.
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The Meridian International Center strengthens international understanding through the exchange of people, ideas and culture.
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A flip for Cafe Milano's Franco Nuschese: attending dinner at an embassy while so many ambassadors regularly dine at his Italian restaurant.
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#1 on the dance floor: Meridian Ball guests agree this this event is one of the best of the year.
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Ball Chair the Honorable Mary M. Ourisman.
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“There is no other place in Washington or maybe the world where leaders from so many sectors gather for a night like tonight," said Meridian President and CEO Stuart Holliday.
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Proceeds from the ball support Meridian's mission to strengthen international understanding through the exchange of ideas, people, and culture.
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