Of Diamonds and Diplomats… Belize Inspires
When I was a child, I was given a old book penned by the iconic Letitia Baldrige entitled "Of Diamonds and Diplomats". A brilliant and entertaining autobiography, Mrs. Baldridge shared insights and anecdotes of her time as the Chief of Staff for Jacqueline Kennedy, Social Secretary to Claire Boothe Luce (US Ambassador to Rome - the first American woman appointed to a major ambassadorial post) and as Director of Public Relations for Tiffany & Co. In reading these memoirs, one learns quickly there are a plethora of activities and expectations when it comes to hosting a diplomat, however, there is an entirely greater set of requirements that come to bear when one is hosting a world leader. And yesterday afternoon, we we witnessed first hand, just that.
In a world of over seven (7) billion people, 313 million of those being in America… my business partner and best friend Jessica Kill and I, were invited to the Beverly Hilton Hotel in the heart of Beverly Hills to attend a luncheon with one of 196 (depending on who's number you are looking at) world leaders who directly influence this planet's daily existence: His Excellency Prime Minister Dean Barrow and First Lady Kim Simplis Barrow of Belize.
Spearheaded by Raju Rasiah Inc.’s Director Jeff Goonedwardena, Hon. Consul General to Colombia and Venezuela, Fmr. Sri Lanka Consul General to Western States of United States and Vice President Kyron Davis, former Chief of Special Relations for His Excellency Jean Ping the former President of the United Nations General Assembly, Fmr. President of the African Union and President of OPEC along with a committee of esteemed international business leaders, this luncheon was created to inspire international trade between the United States of America, the State of California, the City of Los Angeles and the country of Belize while raising funds and awareness for the formidable charity created by First Lady Kim Simplis Barrow the Belize Inspiration Center. The center fills an extraordinary void in Belize, providing necessary service to children with disabilities as there are currently very limited opportunities for children to receive much-needed therapy.
Looking about the room, we sat alongside a litany of luminaries from the diplomatic, entertainment and business worlds - including Ambassador of Belize in the United States Nestor Mendez, Honorary Consul General of Belize in Los Angeles Eduardo Lama, Honorable Consul General of Mexico in Los Angeles Carlos Sada and our good friend the Honorable Consul General of Ecuador in Los Angeles Mr. Eddie Bedón Orbe; legendary performers Engelbert Humperdink, Pat Boone (his wife shared they had just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary!), Lou Gossett Jr., the voice of CBS radio news Frank Mottek; philanthropists Thomas Kwok and Patricia Spangler; the perennially elegant Director of Los Angeles International Airport Joyce Sloss and the lovely Reverend Gardener; Alegria Magazine's stunning editor in chief and publisher Davina Efe; private jet aficionado Paul Rubio; our great friend and Hollywood's preeminent event producer the dashing Mr. Cory Martin, and of course, the gentlemen who I was so fortunate to be ushered a seat next to, his Honorable John A. Mirisch, Mayor of Beverly Hills.
We are truly honored to be a part of the host committee for this series of luncheons and are looking forward to our many upcoming guests.
We welcome and encourage you to support First Lady Kim Simplis Barrow's initiative with the Belize Inspiration Center, the link and further details may be found here: http://www.BelizeInspirationCenter.org/
Reading List: "Of Diamonds & Diplomats" http://astore.amazon.com/escapaanecdo-20