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International House to Host 53rd Global Gala: Colors of Brazil, 5/17

Last year, IHP travelled to the Eurasian country of Armenia, a nation rich in cultural heritage and tradition, as well as a contemporary culture that includes riotous fun music, beautiful artwork, and inspired cuisine. This year, IHP honors the country of Brazil as this long-time jewel of South America expands its global presence and strengthens ties with the Philadelphia region.

Over the last twelve months, Philadelphia took part in a Brazilian trade mission, which successfully brought new Brazilian business to our region while introducing Brazil to our historic city of Brotherly Love. With a direct flight from Philadelphia to Brazil on US Airways starting this year, it's not a moment too soon as Brazil will host the World Cup this summer, and in two short years, the Summer Olympics. IHP's Global Gala is the perfect teaser to these larger global celebrations that will continue to elevate Brazil's profile. Additionally, the Brazilian government has been investing in its young people by developing and fostering educational partnerships for them around the world.

"The Global Gala supports our work to attract the brightest individuals from around the world to the Philadelphia region," said Steinberg. "We want the leaders of the future not only to go to school and experience life in Philadelphia, but ultimately to live and work here ."

The 53rd Global Gala is presented by IHP, with support from Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (Presenting Gala Partner), as well as University of Pennsylvania (Sustaining Gala Partner), Progressive Business Publications (Supporting Gala Partner), Phoenix IP Ventures (Supporting Gala Partner), Druid Consulting LLC (Supporting Gala Partner), Elliot-Lewis Corporation (Gala Partner), Drexel University (Gala Partner), PNC Bank (Gala Partner), Windstream Communications (Gala Partner), Zipcar (Gala Partner) and Fraser Advanced Information Systems (Gala Partner). Other sponsors include Innovative Printing & Media Group, Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, Leblon Cachaca and Brazil Productions.

Tickets for Global Gala are on sale now for $250 each. Black tie is recommended. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call (215) 387-5125, visit ihousephilly.org/globalgala or visit the IHP box office. A portion of the proceeds from the Gala will support a housing scholarship fund for a resident advisor from Brazil. Other proceeds will support the on-going work of IHP, the first International House worldwide.

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