The U.S.- Baltic Foundation invites you to this year’s A Baltic Celebration, Silent Auction and Gala Awards Dinner honoring successful Americans of Baltic heritage and highlighting the achievements of Baltic leaders and culture. The Gala will feature special guests U.S. Securities and Exchange Commissioner Paul Atkins and Vilnius, Lithuania Mayor Arturas Zuokas on Saturday, November 1, 2003 at Washington, DC’s historic Omni Shoreham Hotel – near all of the main attractions of the nation’s Capital, including the White House, the Capitol, the Smithsonian museums and the world-famous pandas in the National Zoo.

The A Baltic Celebration Gala is the premiere annual event for successful American friends of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Susan Allen, wife of Senator George Allen and a Lithuanian-American, is the Gala Chair. The Gala Honorary Patrons are Lithuanian President Rolandas Paksas, Latvian President Vaira Vike Freiberga and Estonian President Arnold Rüütel. The Gala program will also feature a showcase of Baltic fashion and a classical piano performance by Edvinas Minkstimas, the Grand Prix winner of the 2003 Music Without Limits competition. Swedish Ambassador Jan Eliasson, the official Gala Co-Host, will host a VIP reception at his residence the evening before the Gala. A special briefing by President Bush’s foreign policy advisors will also take place for Gala guests (space is limited and subject to availability on a first-reserved basis).

The Silent Auction will feature fabulous items for Gala guests to win including: cruise travel anywhere in the world on a romantic Windstar sailing ship, the historic original U.S. Senate roll call vote on NATO enlargement, Ozo Golf Package including a lesson, lunch and a round at Latvia’s first 18-hole golf course, created and owned by NHL star Sandis Ozolinsh, 2 roundtrip tickets anywhere in Europe on Scandinavian Airlines, business class ticket on Finnair, 4 nights at the luxurious Stikliai Hotel in Old Town Vilnius, Lithuania, romantic weekend escape at Padaste Manor, the exclusive resort & spa on Muhu Island, Estonia, 7 nights at Hotel Amrita, Kurland, Latvia’s best place for work & leisure, tickets to Celine Dion’s “A New Day” at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, autographed basketball from NBA star Sarunas Marciulionis, fine Baltic amber jewelry, linen and artwork, and dinners at the finest restaurants in the Baltics & the Washington, DC area.

Send an email to to reserve your seats or visit for more information and an RSVP form. Seat prices are $250 each (group discounts are available, send an email to request information) and are subject to availability. Attire is black tie optional. Contributions are tax-deductible except $75 per seat. Information on sponsorship and advertising opportunities is also available on the website and by calling 202-393-3338.

The U.S.- Baltic Foundation is a national non-profit membership organization that conducts programs to strengthen cultural and business relations between the U.S. and Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. USBF was founded in 1990 to support democratic and free market reforms in the Baltics. USBF has raised more than $8 million and established 11 local democratic institutions, including Municipal Training Centers and journalist training institutes in each country. Today, USBF sponsors a Baltic speaker series in the U.S. Capitol and supports a variety of charitable and professional educational projects, including youth scouting and computer camps. Proceeds from the Gala and Silent Auction support the work of the Foundation throughout the year.

A special $119/night rate is available at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, call 202-234-0700 or 800-843-6664 for reservations, mention “U.S.- Baltic Foundation,” reserve by October 7. For assistance with travel arrangements please call Bob Klein at MacNair Travel at 202-496-9300.

Please email gala@usbaltic or call 202-393-3338 to reserve seats or with any questions. We hope you will join us for an exciting fall weekend in Washington, DC!

A BALTIC CELEBRATION Silent Auction & Gala Awards Dinner

November 1, 2003 ~ Washington, DC

Jeff Nelson, Executive Director
Investing in the future of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

733 15th St, NW Suite 1026
Washington, DC 20005
Call Toll-Free 1-866-GO-BALTIC
Tel: 202-393-3338 Fax: 202-393-3388