Under a gleaming clear-top tent adorned with strings of glistening white mini-lights, International Student House held its annual fundraising event, the 2013 Global Leadership Awards Dinner this past fall on October 24. Beginning with cocktails and an awards ceremony in the 100-year-old Tudor mansion’s elegant Great Hall, a multitude of Ambassadors, government officials, philanthropists, students, friends and supporters all gathered together for the festive occasion.
ISH was especially pleased to recognize Ambassador William J. (Bill) Burns, Deputy Secretary of State, for his long and exceptionally distinguished career promoting US national security and peaceful global citizenship. The award was presented by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, recipient of last year’s award. Also honored was long-time ISH Board Member, Dr. Sherry Migdail, with a Lifetime Service Award for her commitment to international education and her devotion to the mission of the Student House. Following the awards ceremony, live jazz music filled the House as guests proceeded to the brightly decorated garden tent and dining room for dinner and conversation.
The event was Co-Chaired by Lilibet Hagel and Betty Ann Tanner, and the Diplomatic Chairs were the Ambassador of Turkey and Mrs. Namık Tan who hosted a special Sponsor Appreciation Dinner at their beautiful Embassy Residence on Thursday, October 10 for high-level executives who represented sponsoring corporations, Members of Congress and the Administration and other special guests. ISH is grateful for the Leadership support of Robert Abernethy, Jamal Daniel and Bahaa Hariri, as well as its many other sponsors.
Proceeds from the events will allow ISH to continue its mission of providing an exceptional residential experience, replete with enriching programs, while promoting global peace and understanding. They will also help support an ISH Scholarship Fund that, working with area universities, will assist students from around the globe.
There are certain things that educational institutions cannot teach us. [These things] can only be learned from real life experiences. This evening will remain one of the most memorable and enriching experiences in our lives.
I felt very honored to attend the Global Leadership Award last night. Every day I learn a lot from my fellow residents and all the people engaged in our house. I truly believe that human network with dialogue make the world better.
I would like to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for everything you have done to provide us with such a rich experience. As we strive to define our identity on different levels, we focus on what differs among us and often overlook how similar we are. It is undeniable that each individual is unique; but what is astounding are the vast commonalities we share that geography cannot separate. I thank you for giving us the opportunity to come together, to learn, to laugh, to celebrate each other. I also want to thank you for giving us the opportunity to partake in last night’s event. Never in my wildest dreams did I think what I have experienced at ISH was possible.
-Dương Thị Minh Hiếu
From early on in my childhood I always aspired to a career in diplomacy. Though I still hope to serve my country one day, I think I will seldom be as proud as I was when representing the ISH community at the Awards Dinner, an institution whose mission I wholeheartedly believe in. Taking part in the dinner at the Turkish Ambassador’s Residence was a real honor. Meeting our devoted and diverse benefactors was heartwarming, and it reaffirmed the importance of the legacy ISH has built and continues to strive toward. Perhaps the single greatest testament to the value of the contribution that ISH provides, is that it is embraced by Americans and Foreign Nationals alike, by Republicans and Democrats, by people from all sectors, backgrounds and walks of life.
Congratulations on an outstanding event. The GLAD certainly was memorable. What an incredible evening you organized. Wonderful idea to have the residents greeting and escorting. It was a superb way to welcome guests to ISH. The house looked beautiful and opening up the additional rooms on the second floor nicely showcased the venue and evoked an earlier era when it was a center of social activity. The program was nicely done and moved along well. Excellent remarks by all, and ISH resident speakers were particularly good. The dinner was elegant.
Tables were lovely and floral arrangements exquisite. Miniature lights filtering through from the garden lent a festive air to the meal. The food was delicious and the service excellent. It also was quite impressive to rub elbows with all of the A-List guests you assembled: Foreign ambassadors, jet-setting billionaires, Washington luminaries and grandes dames in abundance. I hope that you are feeling pleased with the outcome and savoring the success of this magnificent event. Kudos on a job well done.
ISH Board Member