The United Nations Association of Greater Boston (UNA-GB) hosted its Annual Consuls Ball – an elegant, high-spirited international event that gives tribute to the city’s global leaders of today while benefiting the global leaders of tomorrow – at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston on Friday, April 29, 2011. More than 350 guests and 30 consuls who facilitate business, trade, education, and collaboration came out to celebrate the international community in Boston.
Along with celebrating the Consular Corps of Boston’s service and commitment to international cooperation in the community, the night most notably honored Carol Fulp, Senior Vice President of the Brand Development Group at John Hancock Financial. Ms. Fulp received UNA-GB’s Leadership Award, a prestigious award given to a Boston leader who has made outstanding contributions to the local and international community. Past awardees have included Senator John Kerry and Carol Bellamy, former Executive Director of UNICEF. This past fall, Fulp was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as a Representative of the U.S. to the 65th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.
“Carol’s commitment to the Boston community, to our youth, and to the global community through her work at the US Mission to the UN makes her an excellent recipient for our 2011 Leadership Award,” says UNA-GB Executive Director, Lena Granberg. “She embodies effective global leadership and is a role model for the many students who participate in our Model UN program and who may one day have the opportunity to represent their country in the General Assembly.”
The Ball not only recognized the global leaders of today, but also offered an opportunity to support Boston’s future global leaders. Judi Allen, Director of History and Social Studies in the Malden School District, and Rebecca Jean, a student from Malden High School, reflected on the impact of UNA-GB’s Model UN program, which teaches 6th-12th grade students in local public schools to think critically about complex global issues, increase their understanding of diversity and the world beyond our borders, and provide them with conflict resolution and public speaking skills.
“Coming from Haiti and growing up in an urban environment I never really thought I would be able to get involved in something like [Model UN],” Jean shared. “It is an opportunity to have a voice; to jump out of comfort zones, and most importantly, take that experience into the future real world such as in college, in the workplace and in terms of communicating with others.”
In the 2010 school year, over 2,300 students — 1,730 from urban schools — participated in UNA-GB’s Model UN program in over 70 schools throughout the Greater Boston area, including every 7th grader in the Malden School District.
Other elements of the evening’s program included a nod to the Royal Wedding, which was celebrated worldwide earlier that day. Dr. Phil Budden, Britain’s Consul General to New England, gave a special toast to the Royal Couple and two guests were crowned the “royal” winners of the evening with a Mystery Box drawing featuring a sapphire and diamond ring inspired by Kate Middleton’s engagement ring and a Longines men’s watch fit for a prince, courtesy of Ball sponsor Shreve, Crump & Low. The Ball also featured both a live auction and a silent auction, with the most prominent items of the night being a coveted pair of Red Sox/Yankee tickets, an Olympic escape to Vancouver and a tropical trip to the Cayman Islands.
R.D. Sahl, the evening’s Master of Ceremonies and former NECN broadcaster shared Governor Deval Patrick’s official proclamation, which declared April 29 as 2011 Consuls Day in Massachusetts. Leonard Kopelman, the Honorary Consul General of Finland and the Dean of the Consular Corps of Boston, and UNA-GB President, Richard Golob, addressed the guests as well. In addition, the honorary Consular Corps Procession was followed by a moment of silence this year for the victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.
Sponsors of the Ball were Shreve, Crump & Low, State Street Corporation, John Hancock Financial, GGA Software Services, Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc., Hult International Business School, Suffolk Sawyer Business School, and the British School of Boston.
Overall, the Consuls Ball was a great success, even receiving diverse local media coverage!
We had almost a full page feature in the May 5th G Section with photos by Bill Brett. You can check the lead photo out online here: http://www.boston.com/ae/events/articles/2011/05/05/party_lines/
Secondly, we had some live television coverage the evening of the Ball by Channel 7 news, in relation to the Royal Wedding. They did live shots at 10 pm and 11 pm. You can see footage from the evening here: http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/entertainment/royal-wedding/12004182675761/royal-wedding-parties-continue-in-the-bay-state/
And lastly, we’ve been hard at work here in the office putting up photos from the Ball on our Facebook page:
Enjoy! And we hope you join us next year as well for THE global gala of the season!
UNA-GB’s Annual Consuls Ball is almost here, and you don’t want to miss out! Celebrate Boston’s global leaders of today and tomorrow with us!
This highly anticipated event is Boston’s premier international gala of the year, bringing together well over 350 prominent members of the diplomatic, business, political, and academic communities across the Greater Boston area, set to be held this year on April 29 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza. This is a very special opportunity for attendees to mingle and network with distinguished guests while supporting the Model UN Program, which empowers thousands of Massachusetts youth in urban areas to learn about critical global issues and to see the world from new perspectives. To celebrate this elegant, vibrant event, guests are encouraged to dress in black tie or national dress, network and converse with leaders in the Boston community, experience exceptional international cuisine, and dance the night away! Watch the slideshow above and check out our Consuls Ball 2010 Facebook album to see past years’ activities and attendees!
The Ball honors Boston’s global leaders of today, including the Consular Corps of Boston, who represent over 50 Member States of the UN (one-quarter of all UN Member States), and who serve their nationals locally and facilitate economic development and international understanding between their countries and the US. The night offers an opportunity to recognize and honor their service to the greater Boston area and is unique among Boston events in celebrating the many cross-cultural, business, and personal ties that enhance the city’s international character.
This year, Carol Fulp, SVP of Brand Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility for John Hancock Financial, will receive UNA-GB’s 2011 Leadership Award in honor of her outstanding contribution to the local and international community. Nominated by President Barack Obama in September 2010, Fulp is serving as a Representative of the United States of America to the Sixty-fifth Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations. We are thrilled to honor such an excellent example of a local leader making a global impact!
The Consuls Ball also benefits the global leaders of tomorrow – the money raised at the Ball goes directly to UNA-GB’s global education program, which serves over 70 Boston-area schools and reaches over 2,200 students annually, more than 1,000 of whom are from urban schools. Model UN prepares students for academic and workplace success by teaching core 21st century skills, including negotiation, problem solving, public speaking, and analysis. They learn to critically analyze an issue from a new perspective, offer tangible solutions, work with others to reach an agreement, and ultimately become leaders who inspire others. Model UN allows young people to gain perspective through participation, and therefore become informed, responsible and active global citizens. UNA-GB’s program also helps bridge the achievement gap by expanding access to the life changing skills learned in Model UN to all students regardless of socioeconomic background, because we believe that all young people have the will and capacity to understand and address the complex issues facing the world today, and just need access to the right resources.
If that’s not enough, the Ball will have many special features throughout the evening, including:
- a Mystery Box drawing in honor of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s nuptials (the same day as the Ball!), featuring a classy Longines men’s watch and a striking sapphire and diamond ring inspired by Diana’s (and now Kate’s) engagement ring. Guests will have a chance to purchase a box for $100 – courtesy of Shreve, Crump & Low, the winning boxes will have the watch and the ring, and all boxes will have a sterling silver key ring that is redeemable for $100 worth of credit at Shreve, Crump & Low’s stores.
- a delicious Signature Cocktail called “Ocean Blue” provided by one of our sponsors, Ocean Spray Cranberries.
- an internationally-inspired menu, with delectable courses from around the world. Travel from Africa to Europe to Asia, all in one meal!
- a Live Auction featuring desirable getaways including to the Cayman Islands in the Caribbean, a Red Sox nation fever package, and more.
- a Silent Auction with more amazing packages featuring local restaurants, New England excursions, sports tickets, health clubs, and so much more!
All in all, the Consuls Ball is a unique, glamorous, and memorable celebration that is not to be missed!
Help us celebrate the rich diversity and international spirit in and around Boston, while also empowering the global leaders of tomorrow!
Come join us for an extraordinary evening on April 29, 2011 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston!!
Friday, April 29, 2011
7:00 PM Reception and Silent Auction
8:00 PM Internationally Themed Dinner and Program
Dancing and live music all night
Fairmont Copley Plaza
Black Tie Optional; National Dress Encouraged
We would like to extend a special thank you to our current 2011 Consuls Ball sponsors for their generous support and participation:
If you are interested in joining us as a sponsor for the 2011 Consuls Ball, you can learn more here and contact us at 617-482-4587 for more information.