The American Turkish Society’s Gala welcomes hundreds of distinguished guests from the public and private sectors, including business executives, diplomats, artists, scholars, and top journalists. Gala proceeds support The Society’s business, policy, education, and arts & culture programs, which aim to foster greater political, economic, and cultural ties between the two countries. The Gala is typically held in autumn and celebrates those who have made a significant and positive impact on society.
Honorary Gala Chair Mrs. Mica Ertegun, and Dinner Chair Mr. Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, welcomed over 350 guests at The Pierre in New York on Tuesday, October 6 for the ATS 2015 Gala, which honored the international humanitarian and philanthropic contributions of Hüsnü Özyeğin, Founder and Chairman of FIBA Holding and Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder and CEO of Chobani.
The tables in The Pierre’s Grand Ballroom were completely transformed into Ottoman inspired Turkish delights by leading designers including Guillaume Gentet, Dennis Rolland & L’OBJET, Edward D. Lobrano, Jack Levy, Tracy Stern and Randy Polumbo, Lukas Design Group and Robert Passal, Maggie Norris, Tümay Günaydın, DeBare Saunders and Ronald Mayne’s Stingray Hornsby Interiors. Supporters including Dr. Mehmet and Lisa Oz, Turkish Ambassador Halit Çevik, OIC Ambassador Ufuk Gökçen, Consul General of Turkey in New York Ertan Yalçın and Başak Yalçın, Foreign Policy Association President Noel Lateef, Abigail Rockwell, Haldun and Nihal Tashman, Nükhet Eczacıbaşı, Ambassador Francis Ricciardone, Vanity Fair's Susan White, Metropolitain Museum of Art President Dan Weiss and Joan Kaye took in live performances by Joey Morant and the Lucky Chops during the night, which also included a delicious three-course dinner, silent and live auction, dancing and an after-party at Beautique.
The Society inaugurated its annual gala dinner in 2006 to celebrate successful joint ventures between American and Turkish corporations, starting with the 50-year partnership of Ford Motor Company and Koç Holding in Turkey. Our celebrations have since highlighted the partnerships of Citi-Sabancı Holding; GE and Doğuş Group; The Coca-Cola Company and Anadolu Group; Turkcell’s ten years on the New York Stock Exchange; Turner Broadcasting Systems and Doğan Media Group. In 2013 we celebrated our 65th anniversary with a Gala on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. In 2015, we expanded the conversation by honoring Hüsnü Özyeğin, Founder and Chairman of FIBA Holding and Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder and CEO of Chobani, for their philantrhopic and humanitarian work, respectively. As the Society’s main fundraising event, the dinner raises support for our educational and cultural programs, including scholarships, exchanges, residencies, cultural performances, lectures, and grants.
2013: ATS 65th Anniversary
2012: Turner Broadcasting Systems & Doğan Media Group
2011: NYSE Euronext & Turkcell
2009: The Coca-Cola Company & Anadolu Group
2008: GE & Doğuş Group
2007: Citi & Sabancı Holding
2006: Ford & Koç Holding