The sold-out 50th Meridian Ball had the look and feel of timeless fun — with the historic Meridian and White-Meyer houses as its venue. The Oct. 12 pre- dinners and ball “brings together members of the public and private sector to celebrate Meridian’s ongoing efforts to prepare leaders for a complex global future,” the group advises. Guests, this year totaling around 800, include national and international officials, businesspersons, media and cultural figures. You know it is a good time, when you get the chance to dance with the Swedish ambassador — in this case, Karin Olofsdotter — and her public diplomacy, press and communications counselor, Monica Enqvist. Here’s to 50 more years of the ball and great dancing late into the evening.
Mexican Ambassador Gerónimo Gutiérrez and his wife Irasema Infante with Foreign Policy's Diana Marrero, Facebook's Zuraya Tapia Hadley and Foreign Policy Publisher Andrew Sollinger. Courtesy Meridian International.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, ball co-chair Loran Aiken, Ambassador Stuart Holliday of Meridian and Robbie Aiken. Courtesy Meridian International.
A 50th anniversary cake in the dining room of desserts at Meridian House.
Rep. Mark Meadows, (R-N.C.) and his wife Debbie Meadows. Courtesy Meridian International.