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Encompassing the Globe: Portugal and the World
Black-tie benefit gala

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

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Thank you to all our sponsors and committee members for making the Encompassing the Globe Gala the largest and most successful Freer and Sackler one yet! We raised more than $500,000 for the critically acclaimed Encompassing the Globe exhibition and its numerous educational initiatives.

On the evening of June 20, a sold-out crowd of nearly four hundred guests arrived at the Haupt Garden and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery for cocktails and hors doeuvres. With the Smithsonian Castle in the background, guests were addressed by Julian Raby, Director of the Freer and Sackler Galleries, HH Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq al Said, the Minister of Culture and Heritage of Oman, and Manuel Pinho, the Minister of Economy and Innovation of Portugal. Guests then enjoyed a preview of Encompassing the Globe: Portugal and the World in the 16th and 17th Centuries as they proceeded to dinner in the Freer Gallery of Art.

In the Freer guests were welcomed by Cristian Samper, Acting Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. The Honorable Anibal Cavaco Silva, President of Portugal, then presented a distinguished speech celebrating Portugals past and future. The evenings menu treated guests to the tastes of Portugal. Selected and prepared by the chefs of the Pestana Pousadas Group, the menu included escabeche tiger shrimp, almond-crusted rack of lamb, and a plate of delectable Portuguese desserts. A variety of wines donated by Vini Portugal and representing some of Portugals most distinguished vineyards was served throughout the evening.

Following dinner, guests were invited to the Meyer Auditorium for a spectacular performance by acclaimed fado musician Mariza. As guests exited the galleries they were presented with a copy of the exhibition catalogue, a bottle of Muscatel donated by Vini Portugal, a Mariza CD donated by the Portuguese Tourist Authority, and a set of Encompassing the Globe espresso cups donated by Cup & Saucer.

Attendees of this unforgettable evening included:

  • His Excellency Anbal Cavaco Silva, President of Portugal
  • His Excellency Manuel Pinho, Minister of Economy and Innovation of Portugal
  • Her Excellency Maria Isabel Pires de Lima, Minister of Culture of Portugal
  • His Royal Highness Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq al Said, Minister of Heritage and Culture of the Sultanate of Oman
  • His Excellency Hamed bin Mohammed al Rashdi, Minister of Information of the Sultanate of Oman
  • His Excellency Carlos Manuel Martins do Vale Csar, President of the Regional Government of the Azores
  • Her Excellency Chan Heng Chee, Ambassador of Singapore
  • Her Excellency Hunaina Sultan Ahmed Al-Mughairy, Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman
  • His Excellency Dominique Struye de Swielande, Ambassador of Belgium
  • His Excellency João De Vallera, Ambassador of Portugal
  • His Excellency Antonio Patriota, Ambassador of Brazil
  • Justice Alito, Supreme Court of the United States
  • The Honorable Sam Johnson, Representative from Texas
  • The Honorable Rodney Frelinghuysen, Representative from New Jersey
  • The Honorable Devin Nunes, Representative from California
  • The Honorable Jim Costa, Representative from California
  • The Honorable Alfred Hoffman, Jr., Ambassador of the United States to Portugal
  • The Honorable Gary A. Grappo, Ambassador of the United States to Oman
WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FOLLOWING SPONSORS FOR THEIR GENEROUS SUPPORT:

Benefactors
BPI Bank
BRISA Autoestradas de Portugal
Energias do Brazil
Mr. and Mrs. André Jordan
Millenium bcpbank N.A.
Portugal Telecom
TAP Portugal

Sponsors
BIG–Banco de Investimento Global
Ambassador Frank Carlucci and Mrs. Marcia Carlucci
Mr. Jeffrey P. Cunard
E.E. Cruz + Company
John N. Palmer Foundation
Portuguese Investment Agency
Portuguese Tourist Authority
Masako and Jim Shinn
Toyota

Wine, Entertainment, Food, and Gift Bag Sponsors