Peyton Merrill, Meredith Cusick, Gabrielle Griffin
Location:White Meyer House
WL EXCLUSIVE– Photos by Tony Powell
FIESTA: The picture-perfect Linden grove behind the historic headquarters of the Meridian International Center was aglow with lights at the annual spring garden party to support the center’s international dialogue and public diplomacy initiatives. The theme was “An Evening in Yucatan,” and patrons sipped Casa Nobile tequila as they meandered between the garden and the mansion’s formal receiving rooms. BIG IDEAS: The evening’s honorary patrons were Mexican Ambassador Arturo Sarukhán and his wife Veronica Valencia. Sarukhán spoke eloquently about the recent, and by all accounts effective, cooperation between the United States and Mexico in response to the outbreak of swine flu. The event also provided an opportunity to honor James R. Jones, a former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico (1993-1997) and longtime chairman of the board of Meridian.