International House of Philadelphia held it’s 53rd annual Global Gala: Colors of Brazil, on Saturday, May 17th.
Guests enjoyed a lively and colorful cocktail party with Samba girls, an extensive silent auction, light bites by Modern Palate Catering Company and danced to the tunes of the much in-demand Afro-Brazilian Funk & Groove Dendê & Band. Guests were then ushered into the dining room with a drum corps and Brazilian dancers. Global cuisine inspired by Brazil was served during a short program with speeches by State Sen. Anthony Williams; Mr. Paul Thomas Johnson, honorary consul to Brazil, who discussed the asset the IHP is to students and to Philadelphia; co-chair Eileen Mijlin, who discussed her experiences in Brazil and it’s culture; and Tanya Steinberg, CEO/president of International House Philadelphia (IHP), who celebrated the long history of IHP and the services and housing it provides to the foreign students who call Philadelphia home during their attendance at universities in our area.
Proceeds from the event go to support IHP’s residential services and arts and humanities programming. After dinner there was dessert, then a lively dance party till 2 a.m.
Fatima Peters of Chima, with Samba girls Rayssa, Edina and Sonia.
Eileen Mijlin, co-chair, with John Smith III of Global Philadelphia.
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