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Celebration of Interdependence

Join us for our Celebration of Interdependence each fall. Formerly known as the annual Black Tie Gala, this event is GIC’s annual fundraiser. Proceeds of the Celebration enable us to provide programming consistent with our mission of encouraging global dialogue in order to improve cooperation and understanding among nations worldwide.

Our mission is a serious one, but our Celebrations are about socializing and enjoyment. The historic Rittenhouse Hotel provides a beautiful, elegant venue for our affair. No longer a black tie event, the evening features fine food stations expertly paired with wine. Guests enjoy bidding on a diverse group of silent auction items and participating in our signature Mystery Wine Contest.

Each year, GIC selects a country or region to honor for their positive contribution to the global economy, which serves as a theme for the evening’s cuisine and festivities. The following locations have been honored:

  • 2014 – Canada
  • 2013 – Ghana
  • 2012 – Japan
  • 2011 – Sweden
  • 2010 – Chile
  • 2009 – France
  • 2008 – Ireland
  • 2007 – Greece
  • 2006 – China
  • 2005 – India
  • 2004 – Africa
  • 2003 – South America
  • 2002 – Portugal
  • 2001 – International – 25th Anniversary of GIC
  • 2000 – A Salute to Great Britain
  • 1999 – Sapore de Toscana – Salute to Tuscany region of Italy
  • 1998 – Viva la Burgandie – Salute to Burgundy region of France
  • 1997 – Gezellig – Salute to the Netherlands
  • 1996 – Yokoso – Japan
  • 1995 – Germany
  • 1994 – Viva Mexico
  • 1993 – A Salute to Thailand
  • 1992 – Toast to Chile
  • 1991 – Italia Italia
  • 1990 – Viva Espana – Spain
  • 1989 – Accolades to Australia
  • 1988 – Bountiful America
  • 1987 – France
  • 1986 – California

For photographs of our most recent Celebrations and Galas, please select an event below.