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Consular Corps of Philadelphia

Consular Corps of Philadelphia

The Consular Corps of Philadelphia is the oldest association of its kind in the nation, founded in 1880. Today, it includes representatives of more than 30 countries and is one of the largest in the nation.In order to promote awareness of this long-standing and important mark of our city’s place in global economy and culture, the Consular Corps Association and and an assembled gala committee have announced the first Consular Corps of Philadelphia Gala Dinner.

Last week, women members of the Gala Committee met at the Haverford home of Pia and Richard Halloran to discuss the event and address invitations. Guests included Katherine Norris, Joan Lee Kremer, Ann Snyder, Honorary Consul of Finland Kristina Mattila, Anne Del Raso, and Mary Mather. Seated around the Halloran’s enormous dining room table and surrounded by familiar piles of invitations, directories, and black books, the ladies happily discussed the event and enjoyed a delicious lunch prepared by Mrs. Halloran for her guests.img_5833

The gala will be held on Saturday, May 7th, at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts’ Historic Landmark Building. The Frank Furness-designed building, an icon of Philadelphia’ s architectural history, will provide the dramatic backdrop for a colorful evening of diplomats and local supporters to mingle and enjoy a special menu prepared by Jimmy Duffy Caterers. Mayor and Mrs. Nutter will be guests of honor, and a portion of the gala dinner proceeds will be donated to the William W. Bodine High School for International Affairs and to the Curtis Institute of Music in support of International Programs.

Says event coordinator Alix Rockwell Jacobs, “Cocktails will be served in the sculpture cast room, then guests will proceed up stairs lined with the country flags of the entire Corps to the rotunda for dinner, where they will be entertained by strolling musicians who will play a variety of music, such as French cafe jazz.”

For more information or to obtain tickets, call 610.658.5996.